Shadowing Targets

Forensic Architecture

With the drone operator both 12,000 kilometers away from the target and fifty centimeters from the screen, this form of assassination is simultaneously remote and proximate, located somewhere between the classical roles of the archer and the cloak-and-dagger assassin. A former Israeli officer and now military advisor once put it to us in these terms: “Military units think like criminals . . . like serial killers . . . [they] are allocated an area and learn it for months, they study the persons within the enemy organization they are asked to kill, their appearance, their voice [as heard in telephone tapping], their habits . . . like professional killers.”

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