Tortured data

In an earlier post I wrote about the recent settlement of the Salim v Mitchell lawsuit. It was brought by the ACLU against the architects of the CIA’s torture program under the Bush administration and is the first lawsuit of its kind to make it to discovery. This is highly significant because, in addition to the deposition […]

Ethnographies of U.S. Empire

A huge and hugely exciting collection of essays is coming out from Duke Press in August 2018 edited by Carole McGranahan and John Collins – Ethnographies of U.S. Empire. A precis and contents list can be found on Carole’s website: This volume engages contemporary U.S. empire from an ethnographic perspective. This means that we hope […]

The martial art of interview

Last month it was announced that a lawsuit brought against two psychologists who helped the CIA develop its ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques was settled. The suit was filed in 2015 and since then it has brought to light significant new revelations about CIA’s program of torture. Crucially, documents have been declassified that make public details left […]


The arid centre of Australia is home to arguably the most important American intelligence site outside the US – the satellite surveillance facility Joint Defense Facility Pine Gap. The details of what goes on inside the base have been largely hidden from public view since it was commissioned in the mid-1960s. Recently, however, the Australian […]


At this year’s meeting of the American Association of Geographers in Boston we were lucky enough to attain the services of Matthew Wilson as discussant for one of our Geography, War, and the Human Sciences sessions (organised with Matt Farish and Trevor Barnes). Matt Wilson had to take stock of an array of fantastically empirical […]