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Quote schmikbob Replybullet Topic: Ethics of unmanned or drone weapon systems
    Posted: 30 November 2010 at 8:28am

I would like a response from the community on this forum as to the perceived morality or immorality of the use of unmanned or drone weapon systems.  I'm not looking for cut and paste jobs of articles from the Huffington Post here folks.  I'm interested in what you think. 

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Quote abuayisha Replybullet Posted: 30 November 2010 at 11:37am

I feel that morality or immorality would apply to those individuals on the ground giving intelligence.  The drone weapon technology, as I understand it, does not cause mass destruction, and if used properly could save young American lives, and reduce civilian casualties.

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Quote schmikbob Replybullet Posted: 30 November 2010 at 6:03pm
So, if I understand correctly, you see no difference between this pilotless technology and a manned platform delivering ordinance based on intelligence. 
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Quote abuayisha Replybullet Posted: 30 November 2010 at 6:48pm
From an ethical standpoint, I see no difference, however pilotless is safer for our troops. 
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Quote Divya_Mohammed Replybullet Posted: 30 November 2010 at 10:27pm
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I think drone attacks are acceptable as it is specific and targeted to kill the terrorists. They do not cause untargeted deaths (bearing few) and no mass casualities. What can you do to the cowards who kill innocent people at random. I support American drone attacks on Pakistan.
 
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Quote Sea1c Replybullet Posted: 01 December 2010 at 8:25am
I do agree that they are safer for our troops, however is that such a good thing? If peoples lives were more in danger would there be more consideration on attacks planned. I know reality is that no, kids would be sent in regardless, but I like to think that some thought about human life is taken into consideration.
As for ethics then the ones in control have to live with what they do, as do all the 'higher ups'. I see no difference between the unmanned and manned weapons.
I think most of the controllers realize this, and I have heard about these guys having PTSD just like guys on the front line.   
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Quote Matt Browne Replybullet Posted: 01 December 2010 at 10:24am
I agree with Abuayisha. Anti-personnel mines on the other hand are unethical. It's a shame that the US has not yet signed the

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Quote Gibbs Replybullet Posted: 01 December 2010 at 11:24am
But however this same moral equation can be application to those executing a prisoner by firing squad. Of course you can have the "other" put blanks in your gun but your intent is to take a human life. Now, with respect to military the equation if more complex because if your target is one person, you must be absolutely sure he (or she) is responsible for which death is justified.
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