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This is a collection of lyric essays that focuses on the Global War on Terror and the carceral state using a framework of political, critical race, queer, and feminist theory. Each essay tackles an experience of State violence, from US practices in the Global War on Terror like drone warfare, torture, Guantanamo Bay, the NSA and rendition, as well as domestic policing and the security and surveillance apparatus, violence against women, trans, and queer communities and communities of color, immigration policy, and more. In an increasingly digital era, biopower as a technology has become more effective in its project of not only a sovereign that makes some live and lets Others die, but in its ability to quickly lead a living mass to join in the discourse of who must live and who is allowed die. Biopower in the case of digital disposability is operated by the State, and followed by the masses. I ask us to think about the connections between different experiences of State violence that seem unconnected. And I ask us to wonder: when few American lives have been lost since the war in Iraq, and millions of people in the Middle East and South Asia were killed at that time and continue to be killed since then, is this War on Terror really a war? The stories shared in my essays are stories of people around the world who are connected by technologies of dominance. They are not new. They are not specific to any single nation. I detail stories of some of the individuals affected by the War on Terror in order to remind you that they too are human. This collection fosters an intersectional way of thinking about and engaging with issues of our contemporary political world.
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