[Excerpted]The CIA has opened the year with a
flurry of drone strikes in Pakistan, pounding Taliban targets along the
country’s tribal belt at a time when the Obama administration is
preparing to disclose its plans for pulling most U.S. forces out of
neighboring Afghanistan.A strike Thursday in North Waziristan was the seventh in 10
days, marking a major escalation in the pace of attacks. Drone attacks
had slipped in frequency to fewer than one per week last year....
...The rapid series of CIA strikes “may be a signal to groups that include
not just al-Qaeda that the U.S. will still present a threat” after most
American forces have gone, said Seth Jones, a counterterrorism expert at
the Rand Corp. “With the drawdown in U.S. forces, the drone may be,
over time, the most important weapon against militant groups....
I am a Professor at a large public university. I study political economy and biopolitics (the politics of life). My interests are diverse but are broadly concerned with economic, social and environmental justice. I have published 5 books: Crisis Communication, Liberal Democracy and Ecological Sustainability: The Threat of Financial and Energy Complexes in the Twenty-First Century (2016); Fukusima and the Privatization of Risk (2013); Constructing Autism (2005); Governmentality, Biopower and Everyday Life (2008/2011); Governing Childhood (2010).
I also participated in an edited collection on Fukushima: Fukushima: Dispossession or Denuclearization (2014).