A New Snowden? Whistleblower Leaks Trove of Documents on Drones & Obama’s Assassination Program

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“A New Snowden? Whistleblower Leaks Trove of Documents on Drones & Obama’s Assassination Program”


(This text originally appeared on Democracy Now!)


“Newly leaked government documents have provided an unprecedented window into the secret U.S. drone assassination program across the globe. In “The Drone Papers,” The Intercept reveals drone strikes have resulted from unreliable intelligence, stemming in large part from electronic communications data, or “signals intelligence,” that officials acknowledge is insufficient. The documents also undermine government claims that the drone strikes have been precise.”


JEREMY SCAHILL: “But the fact that this is the first time that primary source documents have been published that detail the chain of command for assassinating people around the globe. The banality of the bureaucracy of assassination is so clear in these documents—the cold corporate words that they use to describe killing people. The “basics of manhunting” is one of the terms that they use. The “tyranny of distance” is another term that they use. “Arab features,” you know, to describe people that they’re looking at from thousands of feet above. The corporate coldness of the way that these documents reflect what is actually a process of systematically hunting down and assassinating human beings should send chills through the spine of people who care about democracy in this society.”


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