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April 07, 2013


How the Drone War Started

The New York Times reports on a secret deal in which the CIA agreed to kill a Pakistani enemy "in exchange for access to airspace it had long sought so it could use drones to hunt down its own enemies."

"That back-room bargain, described in detail for the first time in interviews with more than a dozen officials in Pakistan and the United States, is critical to understanding the origins of a covert drone war that began under the Bush administration, was embraced and expanded by President Obama, and is now the subject of fierce debate. The deal, a month after a blistering internal report about abuses in the C.I.A.'s network of secret prisons, paved the way for the C.I.A. to change its focus from capturing terrorists to killing them, and helped transform an agency that began as a cold war espionage service into a paramilitary organization."












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