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Spatial and temporal imaginaries in the securitisation of terrorism


Introduction On 28 February 2013, an article appeared in the British newspaper the Independent that was titled ‘British terror suspects quietly stripped of citizenship . . . then killed by drones: Exclusive: Secret war on enemy within’. The spatial and temporal tones of the article’s title permeate its discussion on United Kingdom (UK) and United States (US) security practice. Stemming from a 2002 measure to strip citizenship from dual passport holders if they had done anything ‘seriously prejudicial’ towards the UK, the authors describe how British citizenship was removed from suspected terrorists. A similar phenomenon of citizenship removal was recently discussed in an article on the US ‘Disposition Matrix’. With respect to four men recently killed in US drone strikes it is explained how ‘they were all Muslims, all accused of terrorism offences, and all British (or they were British: curiously, all of them unexpectedly lost their British citizenship just as they were about to become unstuck)’ [emphasis added] (Cobain 2013: 2).