We note the recent release of documents related to the process through which the targets of drone assasinations are selected and executed. Apparently this is intended as evidence of the Obama administrations commitment to openness and transparency; after all, during a staff swearing-in ceremony in January, 2009, the President had stated: “Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency.”
Below, we provide a visual representation of these touchstones, excerpting from what is known – perversely – as “the playbook”. This is what transparency looks like in the Age of Extralegal Obliteration:
For more on the relationship between secrecy and obliteration, see Out of Darkness Floods the Light; for more on this President’s fundamental misunderstanding of his primary obligation, that is, to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law, see Turning and Turning.