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Medea Benjamin on her new book "Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control"
by George Cadman
Friday Jul 20th, 2012 2:14 PM
On July 20, I interviewed Medea Benjamin about her new book "Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control," a comprehensive look at the growing menace of robotic warfare, with an extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who “pilots” these unmanned planes, who the victims are and what some of the legal and moral implications are. Her book also looks at what activists, lawyers and scientists are doing to ground the drones, and ways to move forward.
We discussed the loss of lives from the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's), as well as some of the ethical, legal and financial costs of the increasing use of drones.

Medea Benjamin will be speaking about her book, as well as ways that people can get organized in opposing the use of drones for military and surveillance purposes, at the Bookshop Santa Cruz on Monday, July 23rd at 7:30 pm.
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by George Cadman Friday Jul 20th, 2012 2:32 PM
Oops! Forgot to add the length of the audio piece! It is 21:38. Thanks!

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by John E. Colby
Friday Jul 20th, 2012 7:48 PM
Please read the material and watch the videos linked to below. Drones are the latest of a series of weapons which have made warfare more impersonal. Teenagers raised on violent video games are perfect Pentagon material for operating these armed drones as it will be just another video game to them. The more impersonal warfare has become — starting with mass aerial bombing of civilian targets — the more palatable it has become to civilians back home who don't like seeing their kids come home in body bags.

The next developments will be a whole array of robotic and remotely operated weaponry which modern technology has made realistically implementable:
by john conner
Sunday Jul 22nd, 2012 9:11 AM
Alex Hones of says that by 2020 all the cops will be A.I. controlled. They will not need video game nerds. The robots will be un-maned. Now what we really need is light sabers. Anyone know who to make them??
by G
Sunday Jul 22nd, 2012 9:16 AM

The virtual iron is hot. Want to see a real vision of the virtual future? It's a future in which large sections of the American military- industrial complex have migrated entirely into cyberspace. This is the real DARPA Virtual Reality Vision Thing, the plans they allude to with quiet determination just after the big multimedia displays. "Simulate before you build." They want to make that a basic military principle.

Meanwhile, back at the inside joke...

by Union Jack
Wednesday Aug 22nd, 2012 12:37 AM
The U.S. Judge Jackson who chaired the Nuremberg Trials (1945-46) wrote into International Law on behalf of the anti-fascist fighters, that the planning and doing of aggressive war is the Supreme International Crime on the Planet Earth, as it actuates all other crimes high, low, big or small. He further says that it is the Supreme International Crime whether Germany does it or the U.S.A. does it.

Droning, Missling, bombing, and shooting countries, and killing citizens at a ratio of one militant and tens of civilians killed (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen,Somalia, and Sudan is a war crime, and the Geneva Conventions of war says that targeting and killing civilians is a war crime. The point is that no killing of civilians is allowed. To do so is committing war crimes by International law.

Drones are no exception to that rule which was brought into being by the anti-fascist fighters of the Second World War. The U.S. Imperialist military is thereby a lawless wrecker that will meet its judgement day and with due process be meted out it punishment.

Workers of the world, unite!! End Pollution Wars not endless wars for more and more pollution. Re-tool to the renewables. You yet have a world to win!!