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Drones are proliferating faster than we can make up made up rules for them. I can buy one right now and fly it around my neighborhood filming people. Police departments are starting to use them for surveillance purposes and I’m sure they won’t use them excessively and disproportionately against the poor and minorities, the way they’ve used every tool ever plopped into their palm—batons, mace, guns, and tasers. Other countries are perking their ears to the thought of armed drones. Something tells me Americans would object to Cuba coming after sworn enemies of their regime by firing hellfire missises into a Miami neighborhood. Our robot death planes aren’t ensuring that we only kill the Bad Guys. They allow us to not have as much skin in the fight, so less is revealed to us about the nature of killing. Improved technology does not equal acting more moral. The wheel was pretty great, unless you were being tied to one and tortured to death on orders from men with righteous and good intention. Welcome To The Terror Drone

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In 2009, my home was attacked by a drone. My brother and son were martyred. My son’s name was Hafiz Zahinullah. My brother’s name was Asif Iqbal. There was a third person who was a stone mason. He was a Pakistani. His name was Khaliq Dad…. Their bodies were covered with wounds. Later, I found some of their fingers in the rubble. Kareem Khan, a Pakistani journalist

The surveillance state and the warfare state continue to converge. The Washington Post does not want us to insist on journalistic disclosure. Amazon does not want us to insist on moral accountability. President Obama does not want us to insist on basic constitutionality. It would be a shame to oblige any of them. If Obama Orders the CIA to Kill a U.S. Citizen, Amazon Will Be a Partner in Assassination

Your government is terrifying 250,000 people in my province to get one or two individuals, who could easily be captured. In your fight against terrorism, you are terrorizing us. Entisar Ali

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I think that the use of drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, will continue to increase and I think it should. I think they’re very, very effective tools. That said, they are clearly a two-edged sword. And what we need to understand is there’s a danger that something feels easy to do and without the risk to yourself, almost antiseptic to the person shooting, doesn’t feel that way at the point of impact. And so if it lowers the threshold for taking operations because it feels easy, there’s danger in that. And then the other part is there’s a perception of arrogance. There is a perception of helpless people in an area being shot at like thunderbolts from the sky by an entity that is acting as though they have omniscience and omnipotence, and you can create a tremendous amount of resentment inside populations, even not the people who are themselves being targeted, but around, because of the way it appears and feels. General Stanley McChrystal

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