Fetishised Data: Counterterrorism, Drone Warfare, and Pilot Testimony. / Bentley, Michelle.

In: Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.02.2018, p. 88-110.

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Fetishised Data: Counterterrorism, Drone Warfare, and Pilot Testimony. / Bentley, Michelle.

In: Critical Studies on Terrorism, Vol. 11, No. 1, 01.02.2018, p. 88-110.

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