Drone Use Poses Unforeseen Dangers to Citizens Across Globe (64 US bases already)
PolicyMic ^ | March 7, 2013 | Franklin W. Taylor
Posted on Thursday, March 07, 2013 8:41:17 PM by 2ndDivisionVet
For decades, the CIA has been cultivating a reputation for performing extraterritorial assassinations. Drug lords, rebel leaders, and even repressive autocrats have been victims. These targeted killings have generally been uncontroversial, except when bystanders are accidental casualties.
Since the Global War On Terror began ten years ago, however, the increased use of Predator drones has given rise to new political debates. NATO has relied on the use of drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to eradicate rogue insurgencies throughout Central Asia and the Middle East. In particular, the extrajudicial killings of American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki and his son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki generated concerns in Washington over a perceived erosion of American justice.
These cries resumed Tuesday when Attorney General Eric Holder posited that the use of armed drones on American soil could conceivably be legal. With 64 drone bases already erected on American soil, the complaints are legitimate. Beyond extrajudicial assassination anxieties, however, drones pose many unprecedented dangers to the future of law enforcement and power dynamics across all human societies.
Commercial drone prices are comparable to a luxury yacht or a helicopter, though certainly cheaper than a private jet. Thus far, commercial UAVs have been of novelty use, mostly employed to gather video footage of exotic locales. They are harbored at airports and generally subjected to air traffic control. But with advances in technology, UAVs could begin to fly “under the radar.” The extensive surveillance capacity provided to those who could afford personal drones would surely furnish them ungovernable powers. Commercial drone use was banned five years ago, but 327 permits remain active for non-military use….
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