|Killer Drones Bring New Ethical Issues To Table|
Drone strikes seem certain to remain an important tool in counter-terrorism efforts for many years to come. America will invest $1.4 billion on new construction at Camp Lemonnier alone. Enlarging the scope of drone operations has been politically useful for Mr. Obama. The ruthlessness of the drone campaign, plus the killing of Bin Laden, blunted Republican charges that he is soft on national security.
So what is the future for this fast growth sector of our economy? Do not expect it to be a large job creator. The use of drones could actually become a drag on the economy by replacing workers, it seems that drones can do many jobs from the air far more efficiently than workers tethered to the ground. Another issue that troubles those concerned about freedom and civil rights is that more and more local governments are looking into using drones, often for law enforcement surveillance. But what does this do to your privacy?
Like something out of a futuristic Sci-fi movie, imagine a bee-size drone that could fly into your room through an opening door, hide in a quiet spot, and monitor your conversations. A drone could even slip through an open window, drop into your bed as you sleep, and explode by your head, an assassin's dream. When coupled with drones overhead equipped with night vision and the monitoring of cell phones as well as computers you have nowhere to hide. Expect the use of more drones to watch our movements and the expansion of their capabilities. The only thing that should make the average citizen feel better is that they are not worth watching.
Footnote; It should be noted this post was written well before the mid-year revelations by Edward Snowden about the NSA. This should give us pause, more below.
Footnote #2; This article was written more recently and delves deeper into how drones and robots are being tested by the military as killing machines.