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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

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

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University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681297.003.0004

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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