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Distant Wars VisibleThe Ambivalence of Witnessing$
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Wendy Kozol

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816681297

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816681297.001.0001

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Precarity in the Night Sky

Precarity in the Night Sky

Missile Defense Advocacy and the U.S. Surveillance Regime

(p.95) 3 Precarity in the Night Sky
Distant Wars Visible

Wendy Kozol

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers how the militarized gaze calls upon American citizens to witness the national surveillance regime through a framework of precarity. Virtual wars on missile defense advocacy websites redeploy the fearful logics of the War on Terror to hail witnesses within a self-ascribed mandate to protect global democracy. I compare the visual logics of U.S. territorial expansion in Space on these websites to a radical visual critique of the U.S. surveillance regime.

Keywords:   Visual Witnessing, War on Terror, U.S. militarism, Women’s Human Rights, Photojournalism, Abu Ghraib, Orientalism, Conflict Photography, Humanitarianism, Ethical spectatorship

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