Writing in The Guardian, Jameel Jaffer describes the background for his important new book, The Drone Memos. The image is from James Bridle’s ongoing series, Drone Shadows.
Now we turn to Gregoire Chamayou, who more fully explores the philosophy behind such technologies of predation in his book Manhunts. Below, his introduction, with more Drone Shadows:
Finally, we return to Jaffer, as quoted in a lengthy discussion of his work published by The Intercept:
A lot of those things that the Obama administration has described as constraining are executive branch policies that can be reversed relatively easily by the next administration. That’s the unfortunate truth. This book coming out now is both great and awful. I’ve been proved right — I guess that’s good. But on the other hand, I’m ambivalent about spending all of this energy complaining about the Obama administration when something much worse is on the horizon.
Now comes former drone pilot Brandon Bryant, with the courage and conviction to recount his experience for public consideration. Like Heather Linebaugh before him, Mr Bryant gives voice to the hidden injuries inflicted by such duty; an excellent report on TomDispatch neatly summarizes the consequences of prolonged service as a drone pilot. Mr. Bryant was also interviewed at length on KNPR.
Below, we knit together several quotes from Bryant into a continuous statement for DP reflection, keeping in mind our earlier critique of Bradley Strawser’s philosophical explorations regarding the morality of drone warfare. The images are paintings from the imagination of Joby Baker, an artist with deep insight into the spirit of our times: