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Radical Transparency

The Big Idea for Thursday, February 07, 2013

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 Drones. Here's What You Need to Know.
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  2. 2 The Other Side of Yemen: A Must Read (Updated)
    Gregory Johnsen Waq al-Waq
  3. 3 Reorienting the Kantian Attack on Drones
    Steven Mazie Praxis
  4. 4 Anwar al-Awlaki: A Dissent
    Gregory Johnsen Waq al-Waq

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