This article jumps off and theorizes out from the viral meme “I Sexually Identify as an Attack Helicopter” to think trans as a cut across diagrams of control and counterinsurgency. Terming the set of digital and discursive technologies for capturing the threat of trans potentiality the “biopolitics of identification,” it traces spectral appearances of trans as a contrivance for violence through lived and imagined scenes of surveillance and security.

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