Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control

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Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. The human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone ...

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Overview

Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest growing—and most secretive—fronts in global conflict: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had a fleet of nearly 7,500, and the US Air Force now trains more drone “pilots” than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone. The human cost? Drone strikes have killed more than 200 children alone in Pakistan and Yemen.

CODEPINK and Global Exchange cofounder Medea Benjamin provides the first extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who controls these unmanned planes, and what are the legal and moral implications of their use. In vivid, readable style, this book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons. Benjamin argues that the assassinations we are carrying out from the air will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing—to us.

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Editorial Reviews

Barbara Ehrenreich
“In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket. Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation.”
Ann Wright
“The first book that reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America’s extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home.”
Foreign Policy in Focus
“A compelling mix of humanity and factual data.”
Tikkun
“Thoroughly researched, hard-hitting … so very timely, and so very much needed.”
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“In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket. Drone Warfare sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation.”—Barbara Ehrenreich

“The first book that reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America’s extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home.”—Ann Wright, US Army colonel (ret.) and former deputy chief of mission for US embassies in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and elsewhere

“A compelling mix of humanity and factual data.”—Foreign Policy in Focus

“Thoroughly researched, hard-hitting ... so very timely, and so very much needed.”—Tikkun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781680773
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 4/23/2013
  • Edition description: Fully revised and updated
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 307,946
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of the peace group CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. A former economist and nutritionist with the United Nations and World Health Organization, she is the author or editor of eight books. Her articles appear regularly in publications such as the Huffington Post, CommonDreams, AlterNet and OpEd News.

Barbara Ehrenreich is the author of fourteen books, including the bestselling Nickel and Dimed and Bait and Switch. She lives in Virginia.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    Not Coherent

    The authors bring their prejudices with them in this technically innaccurate and bitter book. Verbose as well as almost inscrutably pessimistic and cynical; if you don't live under a freeway overpass wearing tinfoil hats and assuming the worst without facts this book is not for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Aspenpaw

    As she runs back to bloodclan she collapses in pain"help me! Im having kits!!"*she screams

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Guess what

    Darkness is second. Find the other camp and tell them Darkness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Drines

    With ddrones you can shoot a missile from a mile in the aair and hit a target smaller than this nook from a controller on the other side if the world

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    *:*

    *watches, ready to kill*

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2014

    Darkness

    Okay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    Nightmare

    What?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Bloodfur

    Here. Those directions are hard!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    Cinderpaw

    Clawed a neaby tree

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2014

    Dew

    Paced out mumbling to herself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2014

    Aura

    I gtg now bbl

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