Drone Warfare

Drone Warfare : Killing by Remote Control

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Drone Warfare is the first comprehensive analysis of one of the fastest- growing - and most secretive - fronts in global war: the rise of robot warfare. In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than fifty aerial drones; ten years later, it had nearly 7,500. Drones are already a $5 billion business in the US alone; the US Air Force now trains more drone "pilots" than bomber and fighter pilots combined. Medea Benjamin provides the first extensive analysis of who is producing the drones, where they are being used, who pilots these unmanned planes, and what are the legal and moral implications. In vivid, readable style, the book also looks at what activists, lawyers, and scientists across the globe are doing to ground these weapons. Benjamin argues that the assassinations we are carrying out from the air will come back to haunt us when others start doing the same thing - to us.

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  • Paperback | 246 pages
  • 127 x 190.5 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • Verso Books
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised, Updated ed.
  • 1781680779
  • 9781781680773
  • 167,834

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"In this remarkably cogent and carefully researched book, Medea Benjamin makes it clear that drones are not just another high-tech military trinket. "Drone Warfare" sketches out the nightmare possibilities posed by this insane proliferation." --Barbara Ehrenreich "The first book that reveals the vocal international citizen opposition that challenges the legality and morality of America's extrajudicial execution drones before they kill here at home." --Ann Wright, US Army colonel (ret.) and former deputy chief of mission for US embassies in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and elsewhere "A compelling mix of humanity and factual data." --"Foreign Policy in Focus" "Thoroughly researched, hard-hitting ... so very timely, and so very much needed." --"Tikkun"

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About Benjamin Medea

MEDEA BENJAMIN is a cofounder of the peace group CODEPINK and the international human rights organization Global Exchange. A former economist with the United Nations and World Health Organization, she is the author and editor of eight books. Her articles appear regularly in publications such as the Huffington Post, CommonDreams, AlterNet and OpEd News.

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