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The Way of the Knife: The CIA, a Secret Army, and a War at the Ends of the Earthby Mark Mazzetti
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During the past decade, drones have become central to American military strategy. When coupled with access to accurate information, drones make it possible to deploy lethal force across borders while keeping oneand#8217;s own soldiers out of harmand#8217;s way. The potential to direct force with great precision also offers the possibility of reducing harm to civilians. At the same time, because drones eliminate some of the traditional constraints on the use of forceand#151;like the need to gain political support for full mobilizationand#151;they lower the threshold for launching military strikes. The development of drone use capacity across dozens of countries increases the need for global standards on the use of these weapons to assure their deployment is strategically wise and ethically and legally sound.
Presenting a robust conversation among leading scholars in the areas of international legal standards, counterterrorism strategy, humanitarian law, and the ethics of force, Drones and the Future of Armed Conflict takes account of current American drone campaigns and the developing legal, ethical, and strategic implications of this new way of warfare. Among the contributions to this volume are a thorough examination of the American governmentand#8217;s legal justifications for the targeting of enemies using drones, an analysis of American drone campaignsand#8217; notable successes and failures, and a discussion of the linked issues of human rights, freedom of information, and government accountability.
A revelatory secret history of how America became home to thousands of Nazi war criminals after World War II, many of whom were brought here by the OSS and CIAand#8212;by the New York Times reporter who broke the story and who has interviewed dozens of agents for the first time.
The shocking story of how America became one of the worldand#8217;s safest postwar havens for Nazis
Until recently, historians believed America gave asylum only to key Nazi scientists after World War II, along with some less famous perpetrators who managed to sneak in and who eventually were exposed by Nazi hunters. But the truth is much worse, and has been covered up for decades: the CIA and FBI brought thousands of perpetrators to America as possible assets against their new Cold War enemies. When the Justice Department finally investigated and learned the truth, the results were classified and buried.
Using the dramatic story of one former perpetrator who settled in New Jersey, conned the CIA into hiring him, and begged for the agencyand#8217;s support when his wartime identity emerged, Eric Lichtblau tells the full, shocking story of how America became a refuge for hundreds of postwar Nazis.
A Pulitzer Prizeand#150;winning reporterand#8217;s riveting account of the CIAand#8217;s transformation after 9/11 and the new American way of war
The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place in the corners of the world where large armies canand#8217;t go. The CIA, originally created as a Cold War espionage service, is now more than ever a paramilitary agency ordered by the White House to kill off Americaand#8217;s enemies. In The Way of the Knife, Pulitzer Prizeand#150;winning New York Times reporter Mark Mazzetti recounts the untold story of Americaand#8217;s shadow war, one that blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. This new approachand#151;carried out by CIA operatives and special operations troopsand#151;has been embraced by Washington as a lower-risk and cost effective alternative to the messy wars of occupation, but as Mazzetti demonstrates in this revealing book, the way of the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them.
About the Author
Mark Mazzetti is a national security correspondent for the New York Times. He has received numerous awards, including the George Polk Award, and he shared a Pulitzer Prize for reporting. He lives in Washington, D.C.
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