Sudden Justice: Americas Secret Drone Wars

Hardcover | April 21, 2015

byChristopher Woods

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Less than a month after the September 11th attacks, a tiny, CIA-controlled Predator drone flew over Kandahar, searching out the home of the Taliban supreme commander Mullah Mohammed Omar. A lack of understanding of the drone's capabilities combined with a messy chain of command allowed Omar toescape, but the strike on a nearby convoy vehicle became the Predator's first lethal action. Since then, the use of armed drones has become the dominant American way of war. In Sudden Justice, award-winning investigative journalist Chris Woods explores the secretive history of the United States' use of armed drones and their key role not only on today's battlefields, but also in a covert targeted killing project that has led to the deaths of thousands. The CIA nurturedand developed drones before the War on Terror ever began, seeking a platform from which it could monitor its targets and act lethally and instantly on the intelligence it gathered. Since then, remotely piloted aircraft have played a critical role in America's global counter-terrorism operations andhave been deployed to devastating effect in conventional wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Drone crews, analysts, intelligence officials and military commanders all speak frankly to the author about how armed drones revolutionized warfare - and the unexpected costs to some of those involved. But there is another, secret war - one in which drones scour the skies of Yemen, Pakistan, and Somalia in search of militant and terrorist targets. The American government insists that this hidden war is legal. The CIA even claims that its armed drones are "the most precise weapon ever invented," soperfect that civilians are no longer killed. Sudden Justice describes the reality of this secret drone war, one in which hundreds of civilians have died, and the wider strategic interests of the United States may have been jeopardized. The ability to target its enemies from the safety of headquarters thousands of miles from the battlefield has profound implications for how America conducts its foreign policy, and for how it is seen in the world. As the first book to comprehensively assemble and analyze the facts about the U.S.drone program, Sudden Justice is the essential guide for understanding its implications.

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Less than a month after the September 11th attacks, a tiny, CIA-controlled Predator drone flew over Kandahar, searching out the home of the Taliban supreme commander Mullah Mohammed Omar. A lack of understanding of the drone's capabilities combined with a messy chain of command allowed Omar toescape, but the strike on a nearby convoy v...

Chris Woods is an investigative journalist who specializes in conflict and national security issues. A former senior BBC Panorama producer, he has authored several investigations into covert U.S. drone strikes and their true effects. He was awarded the Martha Gellhorn Journalism Prize for his work, and lives in London.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:April 21, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. View to Kill: Armed Drones on teh Battlefield2. Birth of a Predator: Afghanistan 1989-20013. The Rise of Targeted Killing: Yemen and Palestine4. The Cauldron: Iraq 2003-20115. The Occasional Assassin: Bush in Pakistan 2004-20096. The Westerners7. Obama's Obsession8. Game Face On: The Intimacy of Remote Killing9. An Absence of Transparency10. Decline and Fall: Afghanistan and Pakistan 2011-201411. The Inconstant Value of a Civilian Life12. Countermeasures and CritiquesTimelineAppendixGlossaryBibliographyAcknowledgementsIndex