Most Americans, if they give any thought at all to drones, connect them to remote-controlled rocket attacks by our military and CIA in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia, and wherever else the executive branch unilaterally chooses to target an individual or group to be spied upon… or assassinated. These killer drones are “piloted” by operators here at home who never leave the ground or personally confront the danger of combat. Safely and secretly ensconced in special, locked-down computer rooms on Air Force bases across the country, their “weapons” are video screens, keystrokes, and joysticks that cause an unmanned aircraft several thousand miles away to fire its missiles at unsuspecting targets.
Much has been written recently about some of the horrors resulting from this new kind of war-from-afar… Yet the secrecy, lies, and casual disregard for the moral and constitutional violations that have permitted America’s rush into drone warfare should put us on guard against the present rush for a mass deployment of drones here at home.
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