The metamorphosis of the drone from eye to weapon came about almost by chance as the new millennium began. Barely two months after the outbreak of hostilities in Afghanistan, President George W. Bush declared: “It is clear the military does not have enough unmanned vehicles.”
An extract from the documentary film “Drone” shows military recruiters scanning video game fairs for the next generation of drone operators for often-lethal military activities in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Leaders of the unmanned aerial vehicle industry instructed journalists at a conference this week in Washington, D.C., to stop using the word “drone” to refer to the terrifying flying robots the government uses to monitor and kill people.
A Texas police department is just one of many local agencies across the country that has been granted permission by the Federal Aviation Administration to use unmanned aerial drones in the course of its operations, and its chief deputy wants to arm its fleet with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Dissident, linguist and author Noam Chomsky sat down with “Democracy Now!” for an hourlong conversation about the Palestinian prisoner hunger strike, the relationships forged by Occupy Wall Street, Obama’s targeted assassinations, WikiLeaks’ whistle-blowing and Latin America’s gradual slip from U.S. dominance.
A Washington Post poll found that 83 percent of Americans approved of the U.S. government’s use of flying robots to kill terror suspects overseas, while 65 percent found no fault even if those targeted were American citizens. Liberals and Democrats consented to the killings as well, with favorable showings of 55 percent and 58 percent, respectively.