February 7

Power and Influence

Thursday’s Big Idea

Radical Transparency

The War on Terror is not over. It is being conducted under a veil of secrecy. In the past week, however, in advance of today's confirmation hearing for John Brennan, the nominee for director of the CIA, we have seen details emerge about the nature of drone warfare, and the Obama administration's legal justifications for the targeted killing of militants, including U.S. citizens.

While many aspects of drone warfare remain secret, Big Think blogger Gregory Johnsen has witnessed this covert war firsthand in Yemen, and reported the developments in real time on his blog Waq-al-Waq. While Johnsen's narrow focus is the country of Yemen, the ideas he engages have global significance. 

  1. 1 The Veil of Secrecy is Lifting on...
  2. 2 The Other Side of Yemen: A Must R...
  3. 3 Reorienting the Kantian Attack on...
  4. 4 Anwar al-Awlaki: A Dissent
   
  1. The Veil of Secrecy is Lifting on Drones. Here's What You Need to Know.

    The Veil of Secrecy is Lifting on Drones. Here's What You Need to Know.

    After September 11, 2001, Congress gave extraordinary powers to the executive branch to combat terrorism. Is the pendulum finally swinging back?

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  2. The Other Side of Yemen: A Must Read (Updated)

    The Other Side of Yemen: A Must Read (Updated)

    Few academics decided to study Yemen because of terrorism or al-Qaeda.  It was Yemen's other, richer side that attracted us.

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  3. Reorienting the Kantian Attack on Drones

    Reorienting the Kantian Attack on Drones

    The best case against drone warfare as it is being waged lies in the fact that the campaign is being conducted in secret, shrouded from public view, unguided by any clear standards and immune from oversight.

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  4. Anwar al-Awlaki: A Dissent

    Anwar al-Awlaki: A Dissent

    Was the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki legal? Was it wise and did it make Americans safer?

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