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“What if our country were constantly being spied upon by drones, with some of us killed by drones? What if many bystanders, including children, were killed in the process?
I thought it was the coolest damn thing in the world. I was like ‘Oh man, I get to play a video game all day!’ And then reality hits you that you may have to kill somebody.
Michael Haas, former drone operator
Under the guise of increased transparency, the administration has revealed partial information about its targeted killing program. But much remains classified. And what we do know does not comply with the law.
Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, How Extrajudicial Executions Became “War” Policy in Washington Posted by Rebecca Gordon Tom Dispatch July 17, 2016 Introduction by Tom Engelhardt of Tom Dispatch Strangely, amid the spike in racial tensions after the killing of two black men by police in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of five white police officers by a black […]
… there’s the president who, over the last seven years, has sanctioned the largest targeted killing campaign in American history.
The public’s right to information about the drone campaign, and about counterterrorism policy more generally, should not depend on the grace of executive branch officials. Transparency should be required by law.
DN! Exclusive VIDEOS: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror
“Numbing & Horrible”: Former Drone Operator Brandon Bryant on His Haunting First Kill
Truthdig: Award-winning animator Mark Fiore imagines what media coverage of the drone program would look like if the killing machines weren’t so “techno-cool.” Watch the enlightening clip and read Fiore’s thoughts on the subject below.
Begley: The first bomb dropped from an airplane exploded in an oasis outside Tripoli on November 1, 1911. grenade. … One hundred years later, the bombing is done by pilotless planes. They are controlled remotely, often half a world away. We have come to call them “drones.” On the inside, people call them “birds.”
“I felt like it destroyed my soul,” Bryant told Motherboard. “For the longest time.”
Cohn: Heyns warned the U.N. General Assembly that the use of armed drones by law enforcement could threaten human rights. “An armed drone, controlled by a human from a distance, can hardly do what police officers are supposed to do—use the minimum force required by the circumstances,” he said.
Bernish: Ironically, this news comes on the heels of a report that — because of what amounts to sibling rivalry — around $500 million has been wasted in attempts to bring the Air Force and Army into a combined drone purchasing program of the same Predator drones whose flights are now to be increased.
Adam Hudson: Thanks to Reliance on “Signature” Drone Strikes, US Military Doesn’t Know Who It’s Killing
The use of signature strikes poses serious legal, strategic and moral questions.
Fiore: Remember a couple years ago, when Obama said we’d shape up his drone program and achieve “near certainty” that civilians wouldn’t be killed and signature strikes would basically end? Turns out that’s not quite true. There were some pretty huge asterisks that were attached to his proclamation.
Berry The drones were not as precise as I had hoped, for they sometimes miss the designated enemy and hit an innocent bystander—the sort of operator’s error that we must classify as normal. The enemies of peace resent these errors just as much as we peace-lovers would. And so the drones have very likely made more enemies than they have killed.
Chamayou : The triggers of moral indignation are quite mysterious sometimes. While the virtual hunting of animals was almost universally condemned as scandalous, the remote-controlled hunting of human beings was at the same moment taking off without any of those same people making any objections.
From the article: The report raises numerous questions regarding the validity of U.S. official claims that strikes only target individuals who pose “a continuing and imminent threat to the American people” and who cannot be captured.
Moves like this make it obvious that governments are preparing for war with their citizens. Why else would you want to indiscriminately spray entire crowds of people with pepper spray?
From the article: As these technologies continue to gain traction, it becomes necessary to consider how they fare in terms of transparency, accountability, and their contribution to world peace.
From the article: Between 2010 and 2014, the organization’s data shows, 439 drones passed through international hands, compared with 322 in the previous five years. Israel delivered 165 units. The U.S. came in second with 132…