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Author: Jeremy Scahill, The Staff of The Intercept Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2016 ISBN: 9781508224013
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Here are major revelations about the US government’s drone program. New York Times bestselling author Jeremy Scahill and his colleagues at the investigative website The Intercept expose stunning new details about America’s secret assassination policy.

When the US government discusses drone strikes publicly, it offers assurances that such operations are a more precise alternative to troops on the ground and are authorized only when an “imminent” threat is present and there is “near certainty” that the intended target will be killed. The implicit message on drone strikes from the Obama administration has been trust, but don’t verify.

The online magazine the Intercept exploded this secrecy when it obtained a cache of secret slides that provide a window into the inner workings of the US military’s kill-capture operations in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Whether through the use of drones, night raids, or new platforms yet to be employed, these documents show assassination to be central to US counterterrorism policy.

The classified documents reveal that Washington’s fourteen-year targeted killing campaign suffers from an overreliance on flawed signals intelligence, an apparently incalculable civilian toll, and an inability to extract potentially valuable intelligence from terror suspects. This campaign, carried out by two presidents through four presidential terms, has been deliberately obscured from the public and insulated from democratic debate. The Assassination Complex allows us to understand at last the circumstances under which the US government grants itself the right to sentence individuals to death without the established checks and balances of arrest, trial, and appeal.

The book includes original contributions from Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Scahill, Glenn Greenwald, and other Intercept journalists paint the drone program as a contradictory mix of all-seeing surveillance, blinkered error, and indiscriminate killing…The authors provide a fragmented rundown of the drone strike ‘kill chain’ of command up to the Oval Office…and include vignettes about innocents killed by drones. There’s nothing revelatory here—the drone assassinations and their problems are well-known—but this pointillistic portrait provides illuminating new detail and insight.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this angry but well-documented polemic, journalist Scahill and his colleagues at the Intercept add to a growing genre that denounces our leaders’ fascination with a cheap, seemingly risk-free way to kill terrorists. Benefitting from an amazing number of leaks, secret documents, and interviews with officials on the promise of anonymity, this collection of articles from 2014-2015 describes how the American government tracks suspected terrorists, builds a kill list, rates the priority of the target, and plans and executes the attack. It’s a spectacularly clunky process…Woe to the Afghan mother who borrows her son’s cellphone…Convincing and damning.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor to the Nation and a correspondent for the national radio and television program Democracy Now!, as well as a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute. A two-time winner of the prestigious George Polk Award, he has reported extensively from Iraq, and his exposure of the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation. He lives in Brooklyn.

About the Narrator

George Newbern is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and a television and film actor best known for his roles as Brian MacKenzie in Father of the Bride and Father of the Bride Part II, as well as Danny in Friends. As a voice actor, he is notable for his role as Superman on the Cartoon Newtork series Static Shock, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited. He has guest starred on many television series, including Scandal, The Mentalist, Private Practice, CSI: Miami, and Numb3rs. He holds a BA in theater arts from Northwestern University.