American drones not only terrorize the populations living under their constant surveillance, they also psychologically wound their own operators, leaving victims with post-traumatic stress disorder on opposite sides of the globe.
There’s nothing “lone” about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington’s drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.
The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in a kind of crisis: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.
It would be easy enough to assume that the kind of analytical work remote pilots do would result in a sense of job satisfaction and little more. That, it turns out, would be a mistake.
Over the last eight months, journalists have dug deep into documents made available by Edward Snowden to reveal that the world of NSA mass surveillance involves close partnerships with a series of companies most of us have never heard of that design or probe the software we all take for granted to help keep our digital lives humming along.
Plea bargaining or persuading criminals to snitch on their associates -- a tactic frowned upon by international legal experts -- is widely used in the US police and legal system Over the last year or so, however, a trickle of information about the other secret program has come to light, and it opens an astonishing new window into the privatization of U intelligence.
Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to the government that can follow you around anywhere. No longer the wide-eyed fantasies of conspiracy theorists, these technologies are routinely installed in all of our data devices by companies that sell them to Washington for a profit.