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ryan sheridan

on 11 December 2012

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Transcript of Drones

Drones One of these new technologies that have drastically changed the acts of war is the use of drone aircraft. Often referred as unmanned aerial vehicles or U.A.V.’s for short, drones are aircraft that fly without a human pilot on board. Instead, its flight is either controlled autonomously by computers in the vehicle, or under the remote control of a pilot or navigator on the ground. These drones carry out surveillance missions using high definition cameras and recently been modified to identify and destroy targets through bomb strikes. The Military and The Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) “signature strikes” and “high-value individual strikes”. All told, drones have been used to kill more than 3,000 people designated as terrorists, including at least four U.S. citizens. In the process, according to human rights groups, they have also claimed the lives of more than 800 civilians The first major success of drones -- the 2002 strike that took out the leader of Al Qaeda in Yemen -- also resulted in the death of a U.S. citizen.
The U.S. military, it turned out, had tracked the wrong cellphone for months, mistaking Amanullah for a senior Taliban leader.
A year earlier, a drone strike killed Baitullah Mehsud, the head of the Pakistani Taliban, while he was visiting his father-in-law; his wife was vaporized along with him. But the U.S. had already tried four times to assassinate Mehsud with drones, killing dozens of civilians in the failed attempts.
One of the missed strikes, according to a human rights group, killed 35 people, including nine civilians, with reports that flying shrapnel killed an eight-year-old boy while he was sleeping.
Another blown strike, in June 2009, took out 45 civilians, according to credible press reports.
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