The Intercept has just published a massive collection of document that lay out the American practice of targeted killing in unconventional warfare around the globe.
The online publication that was first founded by Ebay founder Pierre Omidyar in 2014 with the single purpose of publishing the documents leaked by Edward Snowden, has prepared several extensive reports that give an exclusive insight into the US drone program.
Here is a short overview of the most impressive pieces:
The Assassination Complex makes the claim that “targeted killings” in effect amount to assassination and provides a summary of the documents leaked by the yet unknown whistleblower. It laments the normalization and mechanization of warfare to which the US military “has become addicted”.
The Kill Chain details how targets are chosen and the process of presidential authorization.
Firing Blind addresses the accuracy of strikes and the methods used for targeting potential threats.
Manhunting in the Hindu Kush lays out just how many civilian casualties are caused by “targeted killing” operations.