A 51st State for Armed Robotic Drones

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 4:36 pm

Weaponized UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), also known as drones, have their own caucus in Congress, and the Pentagon’s plan is to give them their own state as well.

Under this plan, 7 million acres (or 11,000 square miles) of land in the southeast corner of Colorado, and 60 million acres of air space (or 94,000 square miles) over Colorado and New Mexico would be given over to special forces testing and training in the use of remote-controlled flying murder machines. The full state of Colorado is itself 104,000 square miles. Rhode Island is 1,000 square miles. Virginia, where I live, is 43,000 square miles.

The U.S. military (including Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) is proceeding with this plan in violation of the public will, new state legislation on private property rights, an exceptionally strong federal court order, and a funding ban passed by the United States Congress, and in the absence of any approved Environmental Impact Statement.

 

If We’re Eliminating Symbols Used for Recruiting Terrorists, Why Not Eliminate the Drones?

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 12:40 pm

If President Obama thinks it important to eliminate the symbols al Qaeda uses to recruit people to attack America, shouldn’t he consider ending drone strikes, too?

Yemen: Let the Drones Begin

By: Monday November 1, 2010 6:04 am

Fresh off exempting Yemen from any sanctions for its use of child soldiers and partly in response to this week’s attempted package bombings, the government appears to be ready to let the CIA start operating drones in Yemen.

Late Night: It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane — No, It’s a Drone!

By: Thursday July 22, 2010 8:00 pm

Can you really be certain that the bird you saw flying over your home wasn’t a drone watching you?

Times Square Terrorism: Examining the Impact of Drone Strikes

By: Friday May 7, 2010 10:50 am

The alleged Times Square Bomber, Faisal Shahzad, has apparently claimed that the US drone strikes in Pakistan were part of his motivation to carry out the failed car bomb attack. This has brought on a serious, thought-provoking discussion by many in the foreign policy community on whether or not, or rather how exactly, the war in Afghanistan provides impetus for terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies. Since Shahzad brought it up, we should look at how the policy of drone strikes affects us personally.

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