Drone Strikes and the Sanitization of Violence

After a lull of some two months – a break punctuated by the toppling of Yemen’s government – the US drone campaign in Yemen has resumed. The pattern that has emerged is distressingly familiar. While the US government can claim the death of radical preacher Harith al-Nadari, the victims also include Mohammed Tuaiman, a 13-year-old … Continue reading “Drone Strikes and the Sanitization of Violence”

The NSA Isn’t Foiling Terrorist Plots

U.S. officials claim that the government’s massive data collection has protected the country from terrorist attacks. After The Guardian’s first revelations about the National Security Agency’s digital surveillance programs, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Rep. Mike Rogers, head of the House Intelligence Committee, jumped to the NSA’s defense by pointing … Continue reading “The NSA Isn’t Foiling Terrorist Plots”