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The Dreadful US Predator Drone Policy Continues to Strangle our Moral Compass

Updated on January 16, 2013

American Freedom & Privacy Strangled by Predator Drones that Fly Over the US

Did you know that the United States of America now uses armed Predator Drones over the United States?

It's true that to date, there are not many flying, but the Department of Homeland Security wanted to up the number to 24 within the year.

That means huge concerns over the loss of the rights of privacy - privacy that we Americans take so religiously. Freedom & Privacy - the American Twins!

President Obama's expansion of the Predator Drone Program is the straw that breaks my confidence in my country's aggressive military policy.

Now that the President has been reelected, we have the opportunity to make our voices heard. This article presents an overview of U.S. Drone Activity and History, along with photographs of various vehicles, and authoritative links.

I have to stand for something, on an issue as large as our aggressive use of drones both on other countries and within the United States. I condemn the Predator Drone Programs.

Predator Drones kill civilians as a matter of course, when these unmanned aerial vehicles - as the promoters like to refer to them - deliver their missiles to foreign targets and their neighbors.

Where do you stand on the proliferation of unmanned combat aircraft vehicles that deliver half as many foreign civilian deaths as foreign military deaths to the intended targets? Sound off here! The read through the resources.

image credit: my adaptation of MQ-9 Reaper Drone in public domain

"Was That a Kid I Just Killed?"

Yes, it was a child. The object is to find subjects with "potentially hostile intent."

MQ-1B Predator Drone in Iraq

photo credit: Drone Fires Missile

The first Predator Drone mission was flown over Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, after the U.S. obtained governmental permission, and the practice has enlarged from there. Synopsis of United States Drone Use

Quick & Easy Visuals

The Year of the Drone In Graphs

US Drone Fired on by Iran - November 1, 2012

photo credit: RA-1A Predator

The Pentagon confirmed that an unarmed U.S. Drone was fired on while it was airborne in international airspace, over the Arabian Gulf, after CNN aired the report of the incident. The U.S. government substantiated the report, saying that the drone landed without incident. Pentagon Confirms Strike

Every 50th Victim of U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan is a Known Terrorist

The other 49 persons killed by U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan are innocent civilians.

How Many Innocents

Make Your Position Known Here

Are you willing to tell President Obama what you think about the use of drones?

Sign the Petition Against Drones

What It's Like to Live Under Drones

DHS Wants 24 Predator Drones Active Inside US

Even though Congress and the Congressional Research Service oppose it, DHS operates predator drones inside America, and even loans them to law enforcement agencies in Texas and North Dakota. More Predators in U.S.

What is a Predator Drone?

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle system, a part of the complex system that includes the plane, and the components necessary to fly and operate the plane.

The pilot, who flies the aircraft, can be land-based, and even in a station an entire continent away from the scene of action, or the pilot may be in a companion airplane. Drones can also be programmed so the unit flies itself, as directed by its onboard computer system.

In addition to military strikes, drones are also used for various commercial and military and scientific purposes :

1) surveillance of activities, positions, topography, climate

2) sensors to detect radiation, biologic threats, chemical substances

3) exploration of the rock substrates underlying the surface of the landscapes, to search for oil and gas deposits, and monitor pipeline integrity

4) delivery of goods over difficult or challenging terrain, or in battle circumstances

5) weather evaluation of threatening systems, such as detecting and monitoring hurricanes

Drone Size

Prior to the tremendous advances in systems technology, the drones were quite large. Today it is possible for individuals to own drones for their own personal pleasure. The U.S. Military drone programs utilize ever smaller drones for surveillance, and to deploy weaponry against targets that are hard to find by conventional means.

Armed Predator Drones

As little as seven years ago, the U.S. military drones logged in excess of one-hundred thousand active hours, in service of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2012 armed predator drone flights are over Pakistan, from bases in Afghanistan, with kill percentages as high as 33% for innocent civilians.

Rate of Drone Strikes Increases Under President Obama

I share great concern with millions worldwide, at the number of casualties deemed incidental and regrettable, as the United States Drone Program continues to inflict death to foreign civilians in their own country. Pakistan Body Counts tallies the deaths by drone attacks, and claims that nearly 3,000 persons have died, and over 1,100 have been injured.

This website is not maintained by some flake - the author is a recognized Fulbright Scholar with Florida Institute of Technology, named Zeeshan ul-Hassan Usmani.

image credit:Predator and Hellfire in public domain

Take a Side on the Use of Predator Drones - pre-election section - feel free to respond

Do you support President Obama's use of predator drones?

Surveillance Illustrated

An unobtrustive unarmed surveillance drone uses sensors to detect underground structures that are undetectable by the human eye. Surveillance Drone in public domain

Like a Thrilling Video Game

At a considerable distance, pilot teams can operate all types of unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly called Drones. If the operators had complete knowledge and control, if they could actually do precision strikes we would not hear and see repeated news coverage of drone attacks on family homes and wedding parties.

image credit: Drone Controllers in public domain

Gross Denial of Free Speech Rights During Peaceful Protest

Alarming, how our prescious rights are being denied.

“Catholic Worker Brian Terrell of Maloy, Iowa has been sentenced to serves 6 months in a federal prison for his witness against the use of drone warfare.”

Terrell contrasts the government supported predator drone killing program with a nonviolent and peaceful protest action on the part of individuals whose goal was to present a petition to Whiteman Air Force Base. Killer Drones that routinely deliver death missiles to Pakistan and Afghanistan, via remote control, are directed by personnel at Whiteman.Drone Protester sentenced to six months in prison.

photo credit BAE Raven Stealth unmanned aerial vehicle

What Do Drones Do To Our Collective Psyche?

Does Drone Use Heal Any Souls?

Predator Drone Precision Explained

Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control
Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

Uncompromising picture of the reality of Drone warfare.

 

It's a Remote-Controlled War Over There

America's Newest Drones in Combat

Birds of Prey: Predators, Reapers and America's Newest UAVs in Combat
Birds of Prey: Predators, Reapers and America's Newest UAVs in Combat

Get the story of the surgical precision delivered to drone targets.

 

Take Action if You Disagree With the Drone Program

Sign The Petition

Let Me Personalize The Results of TBIs Suffered by the Military

we create a 3rd world Population with TBI

Since my then 21-yr old college-senior son suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury in an accident I have viewed life through the lens of knowing what a struggle it is for a person with TBI challenges to make a go of it in a great first-world country like the United States of America.

All too many wounds of war are Traumatic Brain Injuries, caused by shrapnel, by loud explosive blasts! If our well armed and protected military suffer such a huge number of Traumatic Brain Injuries from combat, from ground battles - then surely we must consider how many of those innocent parties who are killed and maimed by the Predator Drone Attacks also are doomed to live a half-life with Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)!

For a personal insight into life with TBI please read my two articles: TBI Advocacy and First Year of Advocacy

It is for this reason that I abhor the Unmanned Predator Drone Strikes, and because my conscience won't allow me to endorse a metaphorical hyper-bombing of often mistaken targets - just because we have the technology to do so!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      In an old movie called "The Guns of Navarone" one of the good guys who was known for his skill with a knife said that smelling a man while killing his has an impact on the killer unlike when the killing is from a distance by a gun! I wonder what it feels like to kill inocent civilians via computer from thousands of mile away and then go for a beer?!