NYU law professor Sarah Knuckey, one of the authors of a new report on the social effects of America’s drone war in Pakistan, talks about the “broad mental health impacts” on people who live in fear of deadly attacks from the sky 24 hours a day.
Young minds in northwestern Pakistan are among the less obvious casualties of drone strikes led by the United States in that region. A pervasive fear of death and injury and the need to take care of injured relatives and orphaned children stand between untold numbers of Pakistani youths and their education.
The worldwide uprisings of 2011 have seen ordinary people use surveillance and communication technology to protect themselves against oppressive governments. Now, New York City’s Occupiers are taking such tactics to the skies with the “occucopter,” a lightweight, camera-mounted helicopter that can be controlled with an iPhone.