Analyzing the Drone Debates: Targeted Killing, Remote by James DeShaw Rae

By James DeShaw Rae

The e-book examines significant arguments for and opposed to using unmanned aerial autos for surveillance and 'targeted killing.' Addressing either side of the argument with transparent and cogent information, the booklet presents an intensive advent to ongoing debate concerning the way forward for struggle and its moral implications.

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S. ”97 Pakistan itself released death tolls of terrorists broken down by foreign fighters or locals; about four times more deaths were local rather than foreign. S. intelligence reports covering most of the drone strikes during 2006–2008 and 2010–2011, at least 265 of up to 482 people whom the CIA killed during a 12-month period ending in September 2011 were not senior al Qaeda leaders but instead were “assessed” as Afghan, Pakistani, and unknown extremists; perhaps only six top al Qaeda leaders were killed at that time.

Employing drone strikes in Pakistan are better than boots on the ground for both sides; they leave a plausible deniability for the Pakistani government to argue its sovereignty is not being violated in the same way as more visible occupying forces or the raid by commandos to kill bin Laden and they avoid American casualties in the hostile terrain of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Under a 2002 deal, then President Pervez Musharraf allowed the United States to violate Pakistan’s sovereignty in hot pursuit, when troops were in contact with the enemy, personnel recovery, and actions against the “Big Three” (bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, or Mullah Mohammed Omar).

0005  Analyzing the Drone Debates Although currently operating in the shadows, drones still may present political problems beyond the small opposition movement that they have currently engendered. 35 A few analysts believe that the precision of drones that target only militant forces will come as a relief to the rest of the population suffering under their tyranny. 37 Brennan highlights the “strategic consequences” of deploying large armies abroad that may undermine American standing. “Countries typically don’t want foreign soldiers in their cities and towns.

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