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Disposition Matrix- Guardian Article

An interesting article posted yesterday on the Guardian online discusses the use of “the disposition matrix” in relation to drone strikes: “Obama’s secret kill list – the disposition matrix The disposition matrix is a complex grid of suspected terrorists to be traced then targeted in drone strikes or captured and interrogated. And the British government [...]

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European Position on Drones

The European Council of Foreign Relations has published a report calling for a European position on the use of drones.  This piece was posted on the website: “The drone strike that has just killed at least 17 people in Pakistan is a reminder that a new era of warfare has dawned. The EU’s response to [...]

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Drones at BISA 2013

The 20th and 21st of June was the annual BISA conference, this year held in Birmingham. At the event there were a number of papers presented that related to covert war in general and the use of drones in particular. The first session I attended on the Thursday was “Shadow Wars I” chaired by Elspeth [...]

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The Ethical Ambivalence of Technology

Drones: Not all Bad. The press has focused on the ethically questionable uses for drones- on convert operations and killing at a distance. However, it is important to note that this technology, whilst certainly being used by the military, is not inherently military or lethal. To highlight this, listed below are some of the varied [...]

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Drone Semantics

“that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”- Romeo & Juliet Drone Semantics Drones are described and referred to in a number of different ways, and the language used often reflects the opinion and agenda of the speaker. Whilst there are a range of political reasons for using different [...]

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Proliferation and International Public Opinion

The popular opinion of drones is largely negative, and yet despite a lack of public support for their acquisition and use, governments around the world are swiftly developing and purchasing this technology. There are many articles questioning the legal and ethical rationale for the use of killer drones and there are further concerns regarding increased [...]

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President Barack Obama’s speech at National Defense University

From: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/may/23/obama-drones-guantanamo-speech-text Remarks of President Barack Obama, as prepared for delivery and entitled: The Future of our Fight against Terrorism Prepared remarks of President Barack Obama, before delivery. It’s an honor to return to the National Defense University. Here, at Fort McNair, Americans have served in uniform since 1791– standing guard in the early days [...]

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