The Way of the Knife

Author: Mark Mazzetti
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101617942
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A Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter’s riveting account of the transformation of the CIA and America’s special operations forces into man-hunting and killing machines in the world’s dark spaces: the new American way of war The most momentous change in American warfare over the past decade has taken place away from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq, in the corners of the world where large armies can’t go. The Way of the Knife is the untold story of that shadow war: a campaign that has blurred the lines between soldiers and spies and lowered the bar for waging war across the globe. America has pursued its enemies with killer drones and special operations troops; trained privateers for assassination missions and used them to set up clandestine spying networks; and relied on mercurial dictators, untrustworthy foreign intelligence services, and proxy armies. This new approach to war has been embraced by Washington as a lower risk, lower cost alternative to the messy wars of occupation and has been championed as a clean and surgical way of conflict. But the knife has created enemies just as it has killed them. It has fomented resentments among allies, fueled instability, and created new weapons unbound by the normal rules of accountability during wartime. Mark Mazzetti tracks an astonishing cast of characters on the ground in the shadow war, from a CIA officer dropped into the tribal areas to learn the hard way how the spy games in Pakistan are played to the chain-smoking Pentagon official running an off-the-books spy operation, from a Virginia socialite whom the Pentagon hired to gather intelligence about militants in Somalia to a CIA contractor imprisoned in Lahore after going off the leash. At the heart of the book is the story of two proud and rival entities, the CIA and the American military, elbowing each other for supremacy. Sometimes, as with the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, their efforts have been perfectly coordinated. Other times, including the failed operations disclosed here for the first time, they have not. For better or worse, their struggles will define American national security in the years to come.

Blackwater

Author: Jeremy Scahill
Publisher: Antje Kunstmann
ISBN: 3888978548
Format: PDF, ePub
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Kaum jemand hatte von der Firma Blackwater gehört, als am 16. September 2007 im Irak 17 Zivilisten erschossen wurden – von einem Söldnertrupp. Schnell stellte sich heraus, dass sie zu einer Art Privatarmee gehörten, die im Irak und anderswo für die USA Krieg führt, unbemerkt von der Öffentlichkeit und immun gegen Strafverfolgung. Blackwater: die mächtigste militärische Dienst­leis­tungsfirma der Welt. Ihr Gründer Erik Prince, Multimillionär und christlicher Fundamentalist, hat beste Kontakte zur Regierung. Und erkennt nach dem 11. September 2001, wie viel Geld sich mit dem »Outsourcing« militärischer Leistungen verdienen lässt: Bushs »Krieg gegen den Terror« ist die Steilvorlage für den kometenhaften Aufstieg der Firma. Blackwaters Elitesoldaten schützen US-Politiker und Geschäftsleute im Irak – gegen ein Gehalt, von dem GIs nur träumen können. Blackwater kann bei Bedarf Truppen und eine Flugzeugflotte zur Verfügung stellen, groß genug, Regierungen zu stürzen. Blackwaters Söldner bewachen Öl-Pipelines, seine »Sicherheitskräfte« patrouillierten nach Katrina in den Straßen von New Orleans. Doch erst jetzt fällt dem US-Kongress auf, dass die martialischen Rambos keinerlei parlamentarischer Kontrolle, keiner Gerichtsbarkeit unterliegen. Mit seiner glänzend recherchierten Geschichte der Firma Blackwater zeigt Jeremy Scahill überzeugend auf, welche Gefahren der Demokratie drohen, wenn die Regierung ihr Gewaltmonopol privatisiert.

Die Geheimnisse des FBI

Author: Ronald Kessler
Publisher: Plassen Verlag
ISBN: 3864700728
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Welche Geheimnisse ruhen seit Jahrzehnten in den tiefsten Kellern des FBI? Welche Abenteuer, Blamagen und Skandale verbergen sich in den Aktentresoren der mächtigen US-Bundespolizei? Und welche Indiskretionen über Stars und Sternchen aus Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft hat die legendäre Behörde im Laufe der Jahrzehnte angesammelt? Nun liegen die Antworten auf diese Fragen in Buchform vor. Ihr Autor: Ronald Kessler, einer der profundesten Kenner der Nachrichtendienst- und Secret-Service-Szene der USA. Gestützt auf seine hervorragenden Kontakte in die Welt der Geheimoperationen führt er den Leser ganz weit hinein in "Die Geheimnisse des FBI".

War on Peace The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence

Author: Ronan Farrow
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 0393652114
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A harrowing exploration of the collapse of American diplomacy and the abdication of global leadership, by the winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Public Service. US foreign policy is undergoing a dire transformation, forever changing America’s place in the world. Institutions of diplomacy and development are bleeding out after deep budget cuts; the diplomats who make America’s deals and protect its citizens around the world are walking out in droves. Offices across the State Department sit empty, while abroad the military-industrial complex has assumed the work once undertaken by peacemakers. We’re becoming a nation that shoots first and asks questions later. In an astonishing journey from the corridors of power in Washington, DC, to some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth—Afghanistan, Somalia, and North Korea among them—acclaimed investigative journalist Ronan Farrow illuminates one of the most consequential and poorly understood changes in American history. His firsthand experience as a former State Department official affords a personal look at some of the last standard bearers of traditional statecraft, including Richard Holbrooke, who made peace in Bosnia and died while trying to do so in Afghanistan. Drawing on newly unearthed documents, and richly informed by rare interviews with warlords, whistle-blowers, and policymakers—including every living former secretary of state from Henry Kissinger to Hillary Clinton to Rex Tillerson—War on Peace makes a powerful case for an endangered profession. Diplomacy, Farrow argues, has declined after decades of political cowardice, shortsightedness, and outright malice—but it may just offer America a way out of a world at war.

Killing Business Der geheime Krieg der CIA

Author: Mark Mazzetti
Publisher: ebook Berlin Verlag
ISBN: 3827076870
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Der Tod von Osama bin Laden war nur eine kleine Episode im offiziellen US-Kampf gegen den Terror. Denn immer mehr öffnet sich der Blick auf eine viel dramatischere Entwicklung: den Schattenkrieg der USA, der sich weitgehend im Verborgenen abspielt – und in dem der CIA immer mehr zur Kriegspartei wird. Auf packende Weise zeigt Pulitzer-Preisträger Mark Mazzetti in seinem Buch, wie der US-Geheimdienst, einst als Spionageorganisation des Kalten Kriegs gegründet , zur Tötungsmaschine wurde und mittlerweile im Auftrag des Weißen Hauses auf vielen Schlachtfeldern des sogenannten „Anti-Terror-Kriegs“ agiert: vom Drohneneinsatz in den pakistanischen Bergen über Auftragsmorde in Nordafrika bis hin zum Propagandakrieg am Golf. Dabei schildert Mazzetti diese neue Art der Kriegführung auch aus der Perspektive ihrer Akteure: des jungen CIA-Agenten, der in den Stammesgebieten Pakistans gefangen genommen wird, des Air Force-Piloten, der von der Nevada-Wüste aus Drohnen navigiert oder des Pentagonbeamten, der eine geheime Luftwaffe in Afghanistan und Pakistan steuert. Dieser Schattenkrieg hat die Grenze zwischen Spion und Soldat vollends verwischt, er hat die Hemmschwelle zum Töten und die Hürde für den Kriegseintritt rund um den Erdball gesenkt. Ein globaler Feldzug, der unser Bild des Krieges radikal verändern wird.

The Rhetorical Invention of America s National Security State

Author: Marouf Hasian, Jr.
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498505090
Format: PDF, Kindle
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The Rhetorical Invention of America's National Security State uses a broad range of materials, including technical, journalistic, entertainment, academic, and legal sources to explore the role of rhetoric in the expansion and maintenance of America’s national security state. It helps audiences understand the complex discourses produced by and constitutive of the national security state. Its interdisciplinary approach will resonate with scholars working in a number of different fields, including rhetoric, critical security studies, and science and technology studies.

The Drone Memos

Author: Jameel Jaffer
Publisher: New Press, The
ISBN: 1620972603
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The Drone Memos collects for the first time the legal and policy documents underlying the U.S. government’s deeply controversial practice of “targeted killing”—the extrajudicial killing of suspected terrorists and militants, typically using remotely piloted aircraft or “drones.” The documents—including the Presidential Policy Guidance that provides the framework for drone strikes today, Justice Department white papers addressing the assassination of an American citizen, and a highly classified legal memo that was published only after a landmark legal battle involving the ACLU, the New York Times, and the CIA—together constitute a remarkable effort to legitimize a practice that most human rights experts consider to be unlawful and that the United States has historically condemned. In a lucid and provocative introduction, Jameel Jaffer, who led the ACLU legal team that secured the release of many of the documents, evaluates the “drone memos” in light of domestic and international law. He connects the documents’ legal abstractions to the real-world violence they allow, and makes the case that we are trading core principles of democracy and human rights for the illusion of security.

Assessing the War on Terror

Author: Charles Webel
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1315469162
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This volume is a collection of articles that critically examine the efficacy, ethics, and impact of the War on Terror as it has evolved since 9/11. During the decade and a half of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), numerous books have considered the political, psychosocial, and economic impacts of terrorism. However, there has been little systematic effort to examine the effectiveness of the GWOT in achieving its goals. Furthermore, there is virtually nothing that presents a comparative analysis of the GWOT by the people most directly affected by it—citizens and scholars from conflict zones in the Middle East. There is, therefore, great need for a book that analyzes the strategies, tactics, and outcomes of the GWOT and that also presents facts and ideas that are missing or underrepresented in the dominant public narratives. The contributions in this volume were chosen to specifically address this need. In doing so, it uniquely provides not only Western perspectives of the GWOT, but also importantly includes perspectives from the Middle East and those most directly affected by it, including contributions from scholars and policy makers. Overall, the contributions demonstrate how views differ based on geographical location, and how views have changed during the course of the still-evolving War on Terror. The book will be of much interest to students and scholars of terrorism and counter-terrorism, foreign policy, Middle Eastern politics, security studies and IR, as well as policy makers.

Essentials of Strategic Intelligence

Author: Loch K. Johnson
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440832285
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A highly valuable resource for students of intelligence studies, strategy and security, and foreign policy, this volume provides readers with an accessible and comprehensive exploration of U.S. espionage activities that addresses both the practical and ethical implications that attend the art and science of spying. • Provides a comprehensive, up-to-date examination of all aspects of intelligence by experts in the field, from collection-and-analysis and counterintelligence to covert action and accountability • Probes into how the United States' intelligence agencies attempt to protect the nation from cyberattacks by foreign nations and terrorist groups—and documents the successes and failures • Documents the involvement of the National Security Agency (NSA) in bulk "metadata" collection of information on the telephone records and social media communications of American citizens • Examines the effects that have resulted from major leaks in the U.S. government, from Wikileaks to the NSA Snowden leaks

Inside WikiLeaks

Author: Daniel Domscheit-Berg
Publisher: Ullstein eBooks
ISBN: 3843700621
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Daniel Domscheit-Berg war Sprecher von WikiLeaks und neben Julian Assange das einzig bekannte Gesicht der Enthüllungsplattform. In seinem Insider-Report gewährt er tiefe Einblicke in diese verschwiegene Organisation, die weltweit den Mächtigen das Fürchten lehrte. Er erzählt die Geschichte von WikiLeaks, wie sie noch keiner gehört hat.