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See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA's Lethal Drone Program

See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA's Lethal Drone Program
See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA's Lethal Drone Program
This eye-opening study uncovers the history of the most important instrument of U.S. counterterrorism today: the armed drone. It reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the CIA’s covert drone program is not a product of 9/11. Rather, it is the result of U.S. counterterrorism practices extending back to an influential group of policy makers in the Reagan administration.

Tracing the evolution of counterterrorism policy and drone technology from the fallout of Iran-Contra and the CIA’s “Eagle Program” prototype in the mid-1980s to the emergence of al-Qaeda, Fuller shows how George W. Bush and Obama built upon or discarded strategies from the Reagan and Clinton eras as they responded to changes in the partisan environment, the perceived level of threat, and technological advances. Examining a range of counterterrorism strategies, he reveals why the CIA’s drones became the United States’ preferred tool for pursuing the decades-old goal of preemptively targeting anti-American terrorists around the world.
drones, CIA, US foreign policy, counterterrorism, war on terror, surveillance, targeted killing, Reagan, Bush, Obama
Yale University Press
Fuller, Christopher J.
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Fuller, Christopher J.
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Fuller, Christopher J. (2017) See It/Shoot It: The Secret History of the CIA's Lethal Drone Program , New Haven. Yale University Press, 368pp.

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Abstract

This eye-opening study uncovers the history of the most important instrument of U.S. counterterrorism today: the armed drone. It reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the CIA’s covert drone program is not a product of 9/11. Rather, it is the result of U.S. counterterrorism practices extending back to an influential group of policy makers in the Reagan administration.

Tracing the evolution of counterterrorism policy and drone technology from the fallout of Iran-Contra and the CIA’s “Eagle Program” prototype in the mid-1980s to the emergence of al-Qaeda, Fuller shows how George W. Bush and Obama built upon or discarded strategies from the Reagan and Clinton eras as they responded to changes in the partisan environment, the perceived level of threat, and technological advances. Examining a range of counterterrorism strategies, he reveals why the CIA’s drones became the United States’ preferred tool for pursuing the decades-old goal of preemptively targeting anti-American terrorists around the world.

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Published date: 25 April 2017
Keywords: drones, CIA, US foreign policy, counterterrorism, war on terror, surveillance, targeted killing, Reagan, Bush, Obama
Organisations: History

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Local EPrints ID: 407743
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/407743
PURE UUID: ae90ade9-6ba9-4202-aed1-f1c14e051e8e

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Date deposited: 25 Apr 2017 01:05
Last modified: 26 Feb 2021 17:33

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