In 2013, war is no longer combat between two groups of human beings, but instead it is computerized man-less flying machines that seach and destroy designated areas. Technology has created these computerized flying war-machines and they are designed to operate in the Star Wars generation. There are multiple uses for these machines, and the technology is allowing scientist to study conditions and systems that were not available with the human eye.
Drone technology is not going away, and the United States military will continue to use this warfare, because President Obama, his administration, and our military leaders consider this a more humane form of war. The White House has defended drone strikes against terrorist, as legal, ethical, and wise and it complied with US law and the Constitution.
But many of the United States lawmakers were not aware of the counter-terrorism plan with the drone campaign that the White House had in place. Without saying explicitly, the government claims that they have the authority to kill American terrorism suspects in secret. This is very frightening to US lawmakers, because according to a 16 page memo entitled, “Lawfulness of a Lethal Operation Directed Against a US Citizen Who IS a Senior Operational Leader of Al-Qaeda or An Associated Force,” they can wage war against an American citizen with no geographic boundaries.
This has created controversy in the media, with the lawmakers, political experts and the ACLU. Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union has sued to obtain the legal document used to authorize the killing of Awiaki, a radical preacher, and called the white paper “chilling.”
“According to the white paper, the government has the authority to carry out targeted killings of US citizens’ without presenting evidence to a judge before the fact or after, and indeed without even acknowledging to the courts or to the public that the authority has been exercised,” says Jameel Jaffer. John Brennan has been nominated to head the CIA, and he is the chief architect and central player in the US drone campaign. Brennan has acknowledged that there have been instances where civilians have been killed, but that has been rare.
This is the world of killer drone warfare, and many of the experts are calling it armchair killing. Each week the White House has a meeting where they evaluate candidates for their kill list. Under President Obama the program has increased seven-fold with 350 strikes at the present time.
The U.S. is operating killer drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, and our country is not at war with any of the countries. Many experts say it is illegal under international and humanitarian law for the US to be attacking a country with which it is not at war. Naureeen Shah, association director of counterterrorism and human rights project at Columbia Law School says, “This becomes a possible war crime when the US is killing civilians who pose no danger to the United States.”