The ethical question of drones has caused more controversy than Madonna kissing Britney Spears. So, what are these “drones” anyways? A drone is commonly known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it is aircraft that lacks a human pilot on board and it is loaded with deadly weapons. There are many people who strongly support the practice of drones because they provide “security”. Because drones are equipped with facial recognition, the procedure in finding “criminals” will be much easier than before. However, there are also many people who wish to abolish the practice of drones because they would much rather keep their privacy instead of security. Which is understandable, since it violates the Fourth Amendment—which states that, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”. Although I do see both sides to the situation, I generally believe drones will not give us the security we desire, nor will they make the United States a safer or better place. For example, London has been under surveillance for a couple of years now, but that has not been enough to stop crime there. The idea of being watched by aircraft that has no pilot is terrifying. Therefore, I do not believe we should live in a world where technology has the upper hand on us because it is unethical, it is a violation of our human/international rights and finally, drones are an invasion of our privacy.
Since the beginning of time, humans have been known for creating new technology every day. Just how advanced should technology be in order to be “too much”? The Twenty-First century, has been one of the most advanced centuries in technology. Such advances include Smartphones, Hybrid cars and even birth control. However, one of these advances just does not seem to benefit mankind. The idea that humans will slowly evolve into machine-like people is absurd. The real idea here is that machines are becoming more human-like. Despite the possibility of that being true, machines such as drones are becoming human-like because they are completely independent. However, they do not have the ability to “judge” or “trust” like a human does. They are not human, they do not have personalities. They are programmed to search and destroy. For example, if there is a man that weighs 205 lbs., stands at 6’1, wearing a red sweater and you happen to fit the description—a drone might happen to kill you simply because you resembled the criminal’s appearance. A drone will not stop to question your innocence, it will assume you are the guilty one and call it a day. Many Chicano’s, for example, have been victims of this discrimination as soon as they walk into a store because they are presumed to be thieves, gang affiliated or disruptive just because they are of the Hispanic descent. Since they “appear” to be bad people, store owners will manage to keep their eyes on them at all times even if they are doing nothing more than buying formula for their newborn baby. I feel the Chicano communities deserve more than what they get. If money is being on spent on Chicano’s to be haunted down by a drone, our governments logic is irrational. Money should not be spent on a machine that will capture and/or kill the wrong person. That is a form of murder, which is illegal. So why does the government still allow themselves to spend $28 million, at the least on a machine who is able to murder instead of protect? $28 million can make a huge change in our world. Chicano communities that reside in the eastern and southern areas of Los Angeles as well as the San Fernando Valley could really benefit from $28 million to provide better education to kids, as well as better hospitals. Instead, the government neglects these Chicano...
...We often refer to our right to privacy, but in fact there is no right to privacy in the same sense as the right of free speech. The US constitution doesn’t say much about privacy, although the First, Fourth and Fifth amendments have been interpreted to include privacy rights. Our legal concept of privacy is often said to begin with the law review article of Warren and Brandeis, but they were in particular addressing the issue of privacy and the press.
Drones are not new to us; they have been around for several years and used mostly in the military. Although they were not intended for private use, they start to draw a huge interest from the private parties in special the press. Since privacy laws are very broad in united states, the author suggest there is a need to create new privacy laws but the problem lies between what is considered private and public space.
In the article “the right to privacy” by Warren and Brandeis, the author focuses on protecting the individuals and that everyone has a right to privacy. More specific, the article addressed intrusions on privacy through the unauthorized publication of private materials, especially photographs. They did admit that the right to privacy should not prohibit the publication of any matter that is truly of public or general interest. However, in their view, if the publication is of purely private...
Drones are the latest technological advancement in warfare. The U.S. has used them heavily since the 1950s mostly for reconnaissance until the war in Afghanistan, when the U.S. first started using drone strikes. Drones are used because they keep our “boots off the ground”, help prevent friendly-fire and the stop most of the unnecessary killing of civilians. Their use in warfare is an ethical way to fight, it just keeps our military safer. They are also a relatively cheap and effective way to defeat the enemy. The use of drones in combat and wars has been used extensively by the U.S. for reconnaissance and drone strikes and should be continued for these purposes, since it protects our military and the civilians that would ordinarily be killed due to cross-fire. Drones are the perfect tool for warfare and need to be continued to be used by our military in wars.
Due to the reconnaissance that drones provide, we no longer have to send in teams or spies as often, which means less casualties. Drones kill less civilians than troops on the ground would, are an effective tool of counterterrorism and legal as dictated by the constitution. (The Case for Drones) They can also be equipped with missiles and other explosives which are targeted at only the enemy, which reduces any chances of friendly-fire or other harmful backlashes....
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Law in the News
For the first Law in the News it seemed fitting to jump right in so to speak. On September 30th, 2011 Anwar al-Aulaqi was killed by an airstrike from a drone. A drone is an unmanned plane of sorts that is capable of firing missiles at targets with pin point accuracy. Having airstrikes like these has become a somewhat common occurrence in President Obama’s and his predisesor George Bush’s presidencies. Obama’s administration alone has killed hundreds and even of civilians with these strikes which I think is worth it personally. However the controversy over this specific killing was that Anwar al-Aulaqui was born in the United States of America.
The Obama Administraion very recently realesed a memo that adresses not just Anwar al-Aulaqi’s death but the killing of any American Citizens thought to be terrorists. This memo roughly says that “according to the Justice Department, the U.S. can kill a citizen who is continually planning attacks" for al Qaeda when an informed, high-ranking official decides that the target "poses an imminent threat" and capture is infeasible.”(WSJ) Attorney General Eric Holder specifically endorsed the constitutionality of targeted killings of Americans, saying, “they could be justified if government officials determine the target poses “an...
...Drones, these aerial robots are replacing manned planes, they are revolutionizing warfare. By allowing us to see and kill from half a world away and they’re making science fiction a reality. Are we approaching a time when movies like the terminator are becoming our reality? A time when machines fly, think and even kill on their own. Drones are aerial robots that carry visual sensors, navigation systems and sometimes even weapons. They come in all shapes and sizes, usually to spy but sometimes to kill. Now entering a new chapter in aviation history, the rise of the drone.
Air warfare has been with us for a hundred years and the development of drones was in
the works from the start. The reason is simple: even with all the advantages offered by air power,
Humans are still needed to strap themselves into the devices and fly them. There were limits to the risks that could be taken. Whatever an airplane was used for, it ultimately had to return to base with its pilot. Not surprisingly, from the start of the development of airplanes for use in war, engineers labored to circumvent this limitation.
The first recorded use of attack drones occurred on Aug. 22, 1849, when the Habsburg Austrian Empire launched 200 pilotless balloons armed with bombs against the revolution-minded citizens of Venice. During World War 1, the navy hired Elmer Ambrose Sperry, the inventor of the gyroscope to develop a fleet of “air...
...Without question, drones have become the U.S. weapon of choice in the fight against terrorism. Counterterrorism officials say they've come to rely on the pilotless aircraft for their surveillance capability and what officials say is precision targeting. What’s not wrong with Drones? In Rosa Brooks’ article she discusses some of the oppositions against drones. Brooks starts out by saying how innocent people are killed by drones. Next, she points out that how there will always be civilian deaths in wars. Manned aircraft puts our pilots in jeopardy, and also has a wider range of destruction. Meaning more death of innocent civilians comes from manned aircraft strikes. While some believe the drones go to its predetermined area, fire missiles, and leave the area. When in reality, drones are equipped with intelligence gathering technology, and can survey targeted areas for days and sometimes even months. This is allowed by its extremely long flight times, whereas conventional jet fighters and bombers have a limited amount of time they can run missions due to fuel. With drones, we do not have to worry about our pilots becoming fatigue while flying numerous missions over foreign countries. Even though the drone pilots maybe thousands of miles away from the strike zone, the advance technology of the drone allows the pilot to actually see the faces of the...
...Advantages of Drones
By: Jacob Griffin
Since the beginning of time, man has had a great desire to fly.
In 1903, the Wright Brothers were the first men to achieve sustained, powered flight.
Long after man first flew and with the invention of advanced electronics, people decided they wanted to fly small planes for themselves as a hobby.
For years, people have enjoyed flying radio controlled aircraft.
An advance in technology correlates to an advance in electronics, which results in more reliable and more accurate model aircraft.
The military has even adopted radio control aircraft.
These vehicles are called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s), and they seem to be the future of aerial warfare.
As with anything new, there is controversy over these new aircraft.
Many people argue that these vehicles are a bad idea, but evidence shows that they are indeed a great asset to the military and even to civilians.
MILITARY USE ONLY
One thing people should understand is that some things are reserved for military use only.
The drones used by the military definitely should not be flown by civilians.
These vehicles, when flown by trained military pilots are indeed very helpful and they have many advantages over a traditional military aircraft.
According to an Article published by the New York Times, drones are indeed safer and more effective than manned aircraft because they can stay in the air for days, which allows extensive...
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An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Since 1959, United States began to develop drone technology for military applications. Autonomy technology is important to drone development. Autonomy is commonly defined as the ability to make decisions without human intervention. To that end, the goal of autonomy is to teach machines to be "smart" and act more like humans.
In recent years, United States expends about ten billion on drone technology1 very year. The expensive investment contributes to strike militants of terrorists groups, detect forest fires, monitor environmental data and seek missing children and felons. However, opponents said that innocent loss cannot be ignored. More than 2,400 died because of drone strikes in five years. Also, domestic drones violate right to privacy.
Even though drone technology is very controversial on military applications, its commercial use has been widely applied in various fields. FedEx and Amazon want to be able to use drones to transport packages, which can decrease the expense of passenger plane of transport. In agriculture, companies use drones to monitor weather and crops data in bad weather. Even BP, the international oil and energy giant, will now routinely use...