Attack of the Drones

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The American government relies more and more often on robots to do their fighting. Starting with Operation Desert Storm, many wars are fought from a distance. The casualties are real – but it plays like a video game to the soldiers pushing the buttons. Now, the American government is withdrawing troops from Afghanistan and sending in the drones to fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban. As the government relies more on drone technology, philosophical questions about morality spring up. What are the consequences to our humanity in using such an impersonal method to kill?

The US government’s growing reliance on aerial drones to pursue its war on al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Yemen, Afghanistan and elsewhere is proving controversial. As governments are increasingly relying on drones, what are the consequences for civil liberties and the future of war?

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  • andrew

    war already is impersonal, we have snipers that can kill from a mile away.

    I tend to think that it is just as impersonal a mile away as it is thousands of miles away.

    To expand on that; if people are upset about how impersonal it is, why aren’t they bitching about our snipers?

  • madscirat

    Keep making these things, Skynet is gonna need this sort of hardware

  • Can’t watch full screen anymore — really sad you were my favorite site.

    • Josh

      Um, it is a YouTube video. Very easy to watch full screen. Same as since 2004. DocumentaryStorm you rock!!!

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  • Alex

    Raised some interesting points, particullarly about use of combat drones outside of combat areas or nations with which we are at war. Having said that i think that this documentary made a conceited effort to demonise those individuals in the military who are operating the drones. A biased documentary if you ask me, still worth a watch though.

  • Kerie Logan

    If you take a life of an innocent woman, child or civilian, you should face trial in court. You go to jail. BUT they are not. If we did this in American soil, you would be considered a terrorist. So why are we not stopping this execution of innocent lives? This is not a video game of detachment, these are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children. And the government NEEDS to stop lying to us. These people are NOT active terrorists without proof.

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