Drone Wars

i hang with some pretty unusual folks and i hear a fair few conspiracy theories.  So the other day before the code pink drone protest that i attended in San Francisco, i was listening carefully to my dear friend Modok who was telling me about the dangers of drones.

Turns out not to be a conspiracy

Turns out not to be a conspiracy

Modok and Dianne talked about how the Israeli military was increasingly using drones inside that country often killing civilians, in an effort to prove they are effective for market.    But then Modok said something that caught my ear. He claimed that weaponized drones would be deployed inside the US in the coming time.  i objected.  While i despise the drone program, i was quite confident that while they might well be used for surveillance within the US, there would not be weaponized drones inside this country anytime soon.  It was too politically expensive, i countered.  Obama and company want to be able to use drones for killings overseas ad bringing them into domestic use might well endanger that tactical advantage.

I was completely wrong.  Today, US Attorney General Holder confirmed that under “extraordinary circumstances” the president can order lethal drone strikes inside the US.

Next time i will listen longer.

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a funologist, memeticist and revolutionary. Can be found in the vanity bin of Wikipedia and in locations of imminent calamity. buckle up, there is going to be some rough sledding.

3 responses to “Drone Wars”

  1. Joan Mazza says :

    Consider the source of this commentary AND find out more, please.

    • paxus says :

      Dearest Joan:

      i have no reason to doubt the journalistic integrity of Natasha Lennard and i have found Slate a pretty good online rag, certainly critical of the government, but i think this i warranted.

      i dont think there s much really i want to find out on this one either. i am sure that this week drones will be used to hunt down dangerous terrorists who the FBI can’t get to for some reason. The problem is this technology is currently extremely poorly controlled. Which means it could be used for any military or law enforcement mission in the future.

      One of the other things i learn that night is that even the most favorable external analysis of drones is that they kill 19 civilians (including kids) for every combatant they kill.

      i am highly uninterested in being shot, or having my son killed. So it is convenient for the president to kill the outlaw of the week, with deplorable accuracy.

      Paxus in Vegas
      6 Pregnant Animal 2013

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