The Dreadful US Predator Drone Policy Continues to Strangle our Moral Compass
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
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.
Formerly Enthused Congress Members No Longer Satisfied - lack of oversight, malfunctions, no accountability, privacy invasion
Congressional hearing sponsored by members of Democratic and Republican parties on questions of privacy concerns resulting from drone use in the country.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
EFF is suing DHS to uncover details about the agency's allowing use of predator drones by various agencies in the country. Bureau of Land Management and the Department of Defense have also used the drones. FAA predicts 30,000 drones will be used insi
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
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?
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
Serious Examination of the Drone Program
- Photos and Articles
Photos of the results of actual drone strikes.
- It's Orwellian In the Sky Already Today
Drones are already active within the United States.
- Normalizing Death
How much of the expansion of the drone programs is due to pressure from the American arms manufacturers!
- "Secret" US Drone War
Insights into the remote control war.
- Secret Kill List
President has a Secret Kill List.
- Drones in the News
Bureau of Investigative Journalism covers the covert drone war..
- NY Times Drone News
Select from the list of articles to learn more about Predator Drones.
- Seattle Police Drone
Article covers Seattle drone program. Includes map of all 64 (10/25/12) drones based in America, several of which can be armed. Videos of Seattle and Houston police drones.
- Scahill and Kucinich Question Drone Policy
Now that Obama has been elected to a second term, the question is asked: will Congress change the policy?
- Stanford NYU Report
Legal Analysis by the Stanford International Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic.
- Anti War Article
Short article questions official position on the incident.
- CIA Wants More Drones
CIA urges white house to expand the drone program.
- President Obama Breaks His Own Drone Policy
In spite of the fact that 83% of Americans support the Drone Program, chances are that us because the killings take place overseas, but what will happen when some other country takes out a vilain in some American city - killings scores of innocent by
- Consideration of Libya Drone Use
US looks for a target in Libya.
What Do Drones Do To Our Collective Psyche?
Does Drone Use Heal Any Souls?
Predator Drone Precision Explained
Uncompromising picture of the reality of Drone warfare.
It's a Remote-Controlled War Over There
Learn from an experienced Predator
America's Newest Drones 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)!
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!