Via: Los Angeles Times
By Carol J. Williams
February 7, 2013, 2:00 a.m.
Imagine if North Korea or Iran or Venezuela deployed thousands of unmanned surveillance aircraft in search of earthbound enemies, a swarm of robotic hunters armed with lethal weaponry and their governments’ go-ahead to exterminate targets.
It’s a frightening scenario but far from an unimaginable one, given that dozens of nations now build, program and deploy their own drones.
Newly disclosed U.S. guidelines on drone warfare appear to authorize a more permissive practice of targeted killings in the global fight against terrorism than previously articulated. And the Obama administration’s embrace of a right to strike those it has identified as threats to U.S. security has prompted warnings from rights advocates and international security experts that the White House is setting a dangerous precedent that rogue nations could follow.
Duh! Really, ya think?
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