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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About 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.
Table of Contents
1 A Sordid Love Affair with Killer Drones 11
2 It's a Growth Market 31
3 Here a Drone, There a Drone, Everywhere a Drone 55
4 Pilots Without a Cockpit 83
5 Remote-Controlled Victims 101
6 Murder by Drone: Is It Legal? 127
7 Morality Bites the Dust 149
8 The Activists Strike Back 165
9 Opposition to Drones Goes Global 191
Further Resources 225
What People are Saying About This
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
As she runs back to bloodclan she collapses in pain"help me! Im having kits!!"*she screams
Darkness is second. Find the other camp and tell them Darkness.
This is an informative and clearly-written book about drone warfare. For a general introduction to the topic, read this text. The results of drone strikes, directed by the CIA and enacted by soldiers at a distance, are appalling. We must familiarize ourselves with contemporary weaponry and be forewarned that special forces, engaged in covert operations, have secret weaponry. The latter will be made known. Thank you, Medea Benjamin, for this overview.
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