Friday, February 27, 2015

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Killing machine : the American presidency in the age of drone warfare
by Lloyd C. Gardner.
New York : The New Press, 2013.
New Book Area: Call Number JK558 .G37 2013.

After the September 11, 2001 attack many things changed in America. Three days after the attack Congress voted to give the president what has been interpreted to be essentially unlimited powers to fight terrorism. One power the president gave himself allows him to kill anyone deemed a threat to the United States via killer drones.

The drone program enjoys wide support from the US public but few know the details of that program. This book tells the fascinating story of a new set of powers granted to the president of the United States and the history of killer drones. The effect of the deaths of people in other countries and the consequences of those assassinations are examined.

Review by John Stanton, SWC Librarian

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