American Archipelago

Print edition : March 08, 2013

A U.S. Predator drone setting off from the Bagram air base in Afghanistan, in November 2009. Photo: Bonny Schoonakker/AFP

At Camp X-Ray in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A March 2002 photograph. Photo: Peter MUHLY/AFP

Presidents Barack Obama and Geroge W. Bush, a January 2009 photograph. The War on Terror strategies of both are extralegal in their own ways.

Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born cleric linked to Al Qaeda who was killed in a drone strike in Yemen. Photo: Reuters

Counterterrorism chief John Brennan, nominated by President Obama to be the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP

The U.S. has roped in many countries in Africa, Asia and Europe for its programme of torture in its War on Terror. Such widespread complicity will make it difficult for the U.N. to prosecute anyone for human rights violations.
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