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Do Now #64: Why are Drones So Controversial?

| February 15, 2013 | 148 Comments
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How do you feel about drones? Should they or shouldn’t they be used? Should there be rules about exactly how they can be used? Please explain.

Introduction

Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aerial systems which have become controversial weapons of war – a controversy that extends beyond military uses of drones to target suspected terrorists. On NPR last week, New York Times reporter Scott Shane explained that the administration’s drone program is kept under the radar because to make it public could threaten national security.

Shane describes what really interests him “is how are we using a new military technology in countries where we’re not at war to kill suspected terrorists? …What are the long-term consequences? Is this the way we’ll be dealing with multiple problems perhaps even beyond terrorism in the future? ….”

The concern is that these weapons are changing the way America thinks about war. America has set a precedent by sending drones over sovereign borders to kill enemies, in some cases killing innocent people including American citizens in the cause of defending the US against enemies, especially Al Qaeda and all terrorists. The issue here is that the US is not at war with these countries, but sees the killing of American citizens on foreign territory as part of a counterterrorism offensive.

According to a recent article in the New York Times, about 2,500 people have been killed in drone strikes by the Central Intelligence Agency and the U.S. military since President Obama took office. And the program is expanding. 10 years ago, the Pentagon had about 50 drones; now there are 7,000 drones which range in size from large, Predator drones (costing $5 million or so) carrying laser-guided bombs, to tiny Hummingbirds, devices the size of insects and birds.

There are other non-military uses of drone technology that present privacy and security concerns. John Villasenor, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA, talks about “what these drones will be able to see and how they work.” He gives examples of surveillance scenarios from providing surveillance for police departments, monitoring illegal border crossings, identifying fires, to spotting marijuana plants in someone’s backyard.

The NPR story Drones Over America: What Can They See? claims that “Drones could also be used commercially by real estate firms to get overhead images of a property, by surveyors and cinematographers, and even by paparazzi trying to fly over celebrity homes.”

New technologies have always presented possibilities, both good and bad, depending upon usage and choices. There are arguments in favor of drone technology to consider. Given that these aerial weapons are unmanned, they do not risk the lives of pilots. They can access areas piloted planes cannot reach. Unmanned aerial systems can be used for mapping purposes and providing elevation reports, creating three-dimensional images of remote areas. The technology also can help with disaster response by going to areas which are hard for humans to access and could play a key role in public safety. For example, a nano drone could see if people are trapped inside a blazing building.

And then looking ahead to the world of robots, Dr. Jay Parrish suggested: “Someday, UAS’s may deliver pizza, or bring medicine to a critically sick child.”

Resource

PBS NewsHour segment Brennan Defends Intelligence, Drone Policies at Confirmation – Feb. 7, 2013
John Brennan, President Obama’s nominee to head the CIA, faced tough questioning during his first confirmation hearing, defending his positions on intelligence policy and drone warfare. Congressional correspondent Kwame Holman recaps the hearing and explores why Brennan withdrew his nomination for the same post in 2008.


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More Resources

KQED Forum segment Using Drones to Target Americans – Feb. 6, 2013
Until this week, little was known about the legal framework the U.S. government operates under when ordering the killing of its citizens. But now a leaked Justice Department memo outlines the legal case for some of these attacks.

KQED Forum segment Drones and the Obama Administration – June 12, 2012
Drones are taking a major role in President Obama’s national security efforts, which is surprising to some and sensible to others. But it’s safe to say that all around, using drones raises big moral questions about the transparency of war, civilian casualties and setting geopolitical precedence.

KQED News story Drones Over America: What Can They See? – March 12, 2012
Unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, have long played a role in military operations. But imagine thousands of drones flying over U.S. skies — something we may see in just a few years.

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Maxine Einhorn is from London and has lived in the Bay Area for 12 years. She has worked in adult education in London,UK, for over twenty years as a tenured instructor and department manager. She has an MA in Film and TV from University of London and has taught, moderated and appraised academic work in film studies and media literacy at undergraduate and college level. She runs the ESL/ Post Secondary project at KQED which offers media-rich resources for and created by ESL educators.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao Sam Kephart

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao

    Emmy-winning journalist, Shad Olson, explores the controversy over U.S. drone policy, both at home and abroad.

    While technological sky supremacy gives America strategic superiority on the battlefield, the prospect of drone proliferation over U.S. cities is causing concern about loss of privacy, an end to Habeas Corpus and judicial due process and the destruction of Constitutional rights.

    South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune and former U.S. Senate candidate, Sam Kephart share their views about the consequences of domestic drone deployment in the fight against terrorism.

    Originally aired on KNBN-TV, (NBC) NewsCenter1, Rapid City, South Dakota in February 2013.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao Sam Kephart

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssoOASanKao

    Emmy-winning journalist, Shad Olson, explores the controversy over U.S. drone policy, both at home and abroad.

    While technological sky supremacy gives America strategic superiority on the battlefield, the prospect of drone proliferation over U.S. cities is causing concern about loss of privacy, an end to Habeas Corpus and judicial due process and the destruction of Constitutional rights.

    South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune and former U.S. Senate candidate, Sam Kephart share their views about the consequences of domestic drone deployment in the fight against terrorism.

    Originally aired on KNBN-TV, (NBC) NewsCenter1, Rapid City, South Dakota in February 2013.

  • Angel Solis

    I feel like if they have the rights to use drones because they are trying to protect the US but then their are American citizens bring killed because of the drones

  • Angel Solis

    I feel like if they have the rights to use drones because they are trying to protect the US but then their are American citizens bring killed because of the drones

  • Ja’Lynn Smith

    I think drones are bad because they can also hurt innocent people.
    #KQEDdonow #mscenterhistoryclass

  • Ja’Lynn Smith

    I think drones are bad because they can also hurt innocent people.
    #KQEDdonow #mscenterhistoryclass

  • britney chestnut

    Drones seem fun to use on the enemies #KQEDDONOW #MSCENTERHISTORYCLASS

  • britney chestnut

    Drones seem fun to use on the enemies #KQEDDONOW #MSCENTERHISTORYCLASS

  • #kqeddonow#Ms.Centerhistoryclass Orijen Wilsee

    I think that drones should be used in battle situations when we are at war or, when it is in a emergency response situations

  • #kqeddonow#Ms.Centerhistoryclass Orijen Wilsee

    I think that drones should be used in battle situations when we are at war or, when it is in a emergency response situations

  • timothy cobbs

    I belive drones should be use for good if used for war or to bring harm to others they shouldn’t be used unless needed to. #kqedDonow #ms.Centerhistoryclass

  • timothy cobbs

    I belive drones should be use for good if used for war or to bring harm to others they shouldn’t be used unless needed to. #kqedDonow #ms.Centerhistoryclass

  • Rossaun Bowser

    #KQEDDONOW #MsCenterHistoryClass
    I think drones are a good idea because the things they use the drones for. Like bombing tourist so they won’t destroy buildings and kill innocent people. They could use the drones to see into burning buildings so the firemen could just run in and get the people.

  • Rossaun Bowser

    #KQEDDONOW #MsCenterHistoryClass
    I think drones are a good idea because the things they use the drones for. Like bombing tourist so they won’t destroy buildings and kill innocent people. They could use the drones to see into burning buildings so the firemen could just run in and get the people.

  • A’Shari Jackson

    They seem fun to use on the bad guys. #KQEDDONOW #MsCenterHistoryClass

  • A’Shari Jackson

    They seem fun to use on the bad guys. #KQEDDONOW #MsCenterHistoryClass

  • Lauryn Boyd

    I think drones are bad, because it carries military weapons and it’s also controlled by a remote control just like toy airplane ! Also it’s putting innocent peoples life in danger !

    #KqedDoNow #MsCenterHistoryClass

  • Lauryn Boyd

    I think drones are bad, because it carries military weapons and it’s also controlled by a remote control just like toy airplane ! Also it’s putting innocent peoples life in danger !

    #KqedDoNow #MsCenterHistoryClass

  • Nicole Winston-Sandefur

    #KQEDDONOW #MSCENTERHISTORYCLASS
    I think that drones are bad and not bad. I think they are cool because they can help out people in different situations. Drones can be bad because they can spy on you and invade personal space.

  • Nicole Winston-Sandefur

    #KQEDDONOW #MSCENTERHISTORYCLASS
    I think that drones are bad and not bad. I think they are cool because they can help out people in different situations. Drones can be bad because they can spy on you and invade personal space.

  • Larry Beam

    Although the army uses drones for war uses, I think drones could possibly be VERY useful in the future. As Dr. Jay Parrish said, they could be used to deliver food, or give medicine to a critically ill old woman, or child. They could also be used for other things, many possibilities that we could use drones for. It’s just a matter of time before they actually use these ideas.

  • Larry Beam

    Although the army uses drones for war uses, I think drones could possibly be VERY useful in the future. As Dr. Jay Parrish said, they could be used to deliver food, or give medicine to a critically ill old woman, or child. They could also be used for other things, many possibilities that we could use drones for. It’s just a matter of time before they actually use these ideas.

  • Liam Mages

    I believe that drones should only be used for surveillance in areas suspected of criminal activities, and only the use of lethal force if no option that would not prevent harm was available.

  • Liam Mages

    I believe that drones should only be used for surveillance in areas suspected of criminal activities, and only the use of lethal force if no option that would not prevent harm was available.

  • Moises Torres

    I think that drones are good and bad because It is a good thing that drones kill terrorists,but they could kill innocent people in the progress

  • Moises Torres

    I think that drones are good and bad because It is a good thing that drones kill terrorists,but they could kill innocent people in the progress

  • #kqeddonow#Ms.Centerhistoryclass Jahn Shelton

    i feel drones are good because not only do they contribute in wars but they do it without endangering the life of a soldier

  • #kqeddonow#Ms.Centerhistoryclass Jahn Shelton

    i feel drones are good because not only do they contribute in wars but they do it without endangering the life of a soldier

  • Aramonii Goodwin

    Drones are good for enemies mmhhm yeah ……

  • Aramonii Goodwin

    Drones are good for enemies mmhhm yeah ……

  • christopher beltran

    i think that drones can be good for war and useful in the future, but can also cause harm to innocent people.

  • christopher beltran

    i think that drones can be good for war and useful in the future, but can also cause harm to innocent people.

  • Amelia Jackson

    I think drones are good for defending yourself because usually the enemies try to defend their self too, but since there is nobody controlling the drone, they live and the enemy most likely dies. You could also deliver things to different territories… #KQEDDONOW #MsCenterHistoryClass

  • Amelia Jackson

    I think drones are good for defending yourself because usually the enemies try to defend their self too, but since there is nobody controlling the drone, they live and the enemy most likely dies. You could also deliver things to different territories… #KQEDDONOW #MsCenterHistoryClass

  • Aramonii Goodwin

    drones are bad it can hurt innocent people #KQEDDONOW #MS.CENTER

  • Aramonii Goodwin

    drones are bad it can hurt innocent people #KQEDDONOW #MS.CENTER

  • http://twitter.com Elajah brown

    i think drones should be used for only certain reason’s and used responsibly .
    #kqeddonow #ms.centerhistoryclass

  • http://twitter.com Elajah brown

    i think drones should be used for only certain reason’s and used responsibly .
    #kqeddonow #ms.centerhistoryclass

  • http://twitter.com Zakiyah Stiggs

    I think drones are really bad i mean if you put them to good use they could do good things for people and save lives, but instead they are used to hurt innocent people if they do plan on using drones they should use them for good not bad #KQEDdonow #ms.centers history class

  • http://twitter.com Zakiyah Stiggs

    I think drones are really bad i mean if you put them to good use they could do good things for people and save lives, but instead they are used to hurt innocent people if they do plan on using drones they should use them for good not bad #KQEDdonow #ms.centers history class

  • JAMES BRUH

    DONT NOBODY CARE

    • Austin Davison

      are you sure about that>?

  • JAMES BRUH

    DONT NOBODY CARE

    • Austin Davison

      are you sure about that>?

  • eric

    i think the drons cool would be brain that thang

  • eric

    i think the drons cool would be brain that thang

  • http://ithinkdronesareveryusefulandshouldbeused izaiah hill

    i think drones are very useful and should be used #kqeddonow #mscenterhistoryclass

  • http://ithinkdronesareveryusefulandshouldbeused izaiah hill

    i think drones are very useful and should be used #kqeddonow #mscenterhistoryclass

  • Maurice

    I think drones can be good but, they can also be bad.I believe drones should be used for good purposes.Drones shouldn’t be used to drop bombs on terrorist because they kill civilians in the progress.Drones should only be used to help people.
    #KQEDdonow #ms.centerhistoryclass

  • Maurice

    I think drones can be good but, they can also be bad.I believe drones should be used for good purposes.Drones shouldn’t be used to drop bombs on terrorist because they kill civilians in the progress.Drones should only be used to help people.
    #KQEDdonow #ms.centerhistoryclass

  • Maurice

    Drones have a good purpose in war because they contribute in war without causing arm to a soldier.War should be the only purpose for drones being used as a weapon.

  • Maurice

    Drones have a good purpose in war because they contribute in war without causing arm to a soldier.War should be the only purpose for drones being used as a weapon.

  • Ivy Evans

    I think drones are both good and bad. They are good because they will help our government become more powerful over other countries, but they are bad because they allow people to hurt each other and they will get tougher and stronger and able to hurt more people.

  • Ivy Evans

    I think drones are both good and bad. They are good because they will help our government become more powerful over other countries, but they are bad because they allow people to hurt each other and they will get tougher and stronger and able to hurt more people.

  • Ivy Evans

    #KQED Do Now #MsCenter History Class

  • Ivy Evans

    #KQED Do Now #MsCenter History Class

  • Xochtl H.G.

    I personally am not a big fan of the idea of remote-controlled drones being used in our everyday life; but I do think that they could be useful in preserving lives, such as in warfare or even more domestic emergencies involving the police.

  • Xochtl H.G.

    I personally am not a big fan of the idea of remote-controlled drones being used in our everyday life; but I do think that they could be useful in preserving lives, such as in warfare or even more domestic emergencies involving the police.

  • Destiny M

    i think its a little sadding that we have such a level of technology and we wast it on weapons instead of other things we need right now as a country. We fail to see the problems we have as one, but hey don’t get me wrong its pretty cool we have this kind of things. I just wish we were a little more focasd at the tasks we have on hand.
    #kqeddonow #mscenterhistoryclass

  • Destiny M

    i think its a little sadding that we have such a level of technology and we wast it on weapons instead of other things we need right now as a country. We fail to see the problems we have as one, but hey don’t get me wrong its pretty cool we have this kind of things. I just wish we were a little more focasd at the tasks we have on hand.
    #kqeddonow #mscenterhistoryclass

  • #KQEDDONOW#MsCenterHistoryClass Emily

    I think that drones are okay because people can use them for important things.

  • #KQEDDONOW#MsCenterHistoryClass Emily

    I think that drones are okay because people can use them for important things.

  • andy harris

    i think they are good because it is no harm to any soldiers
    #KQEDDONOW #ms center history class

  • andy harris

    i think they are good because it is no harm to any soldiers
    #KQEDDONOW #ms center history class

  • Djeeeeeezy johnson

    drones are good because u can use them on enemies without ur self getting hurt

  • Djeeeeeezy johnson

    drones are good because u can use them on enemies without ur self getting hurt

  • Camille

    I think that drones are a good idea, but they need to be used for the right reasons. I don’t think that they should be used for delivering pizza, because that is taking away some ones job. But alternately they should be used to check burning buildings, or used for police reasons. They could lead to a lot of trouble if they got into the wrong hands, because they can go almost anywhere, so someone could use it for evil.

  • Camille

    I think that drones are a good idea, but they need to be used for the right reasons. I don’t think that they should be used for delivering pizza, because that is taking away some ones job. But alternately they should be used to check burning buildings, or used for police reasons. They could lead to a lot of trouble if they got into the wrong hands, because they can go almost anywhere, so someone could use it for evil.

  • Juan Figueroa

    I think drones are a very good idea that can be used to do very bad things. This machinery created to fight the enemies of america will be used to invade the privacy of american citizens.

  • Juan Figueroa

    I think drones are a very good idea that can be used to do very bad things. This machinery created to fight the enemies of america will be used to invade the privacy of american citizens.

  • Tigris Truasia

    i think i would need to learn more about them to really have an opinion

    • breona eskridge

      i feel like i need to be more educated on the topic to have a opinion on it. so i agree.

  • Tigris Truasia

    i think i would need to learn more about them to really have an opinion

    • breona eskridge

      i feel like i need to be more educated on the topic to have a opinion on it. so i agree.

  • Odell D.

    I think drones are a good thing to have in the U.S. I think that the drones should only be used in the military because I think they best benefit the military and if they are used outside of the military they will began to change the way society is and will be.

  • Odell D.

    I think drones are a good thing to have in the U.S. I think that the drones should only be used in the military because I think they best benefit the military and if they are used outside of the military they will began to change the way society is and will be.

  • akil stewart

    i feel like we need drones i feel like its nothing wrong with them they help out our army and soon will help out the helpless

  • akil stewart

    i feel like we need drones i feel like its nothing wrong with them they help out our army and soon will help out the helpless

  • Tyler Valentino

    I think that UAV’s or UAS’ have the potential to change the way we live. As stated towards the end of the article, in the future unmanned vehicles could be delivering pizza to our door, or rushing important medication to people in need. It seems really foolish to me that some of our most advanced technologies developed by some of the smartest scientists and engineers in the world are being used to wage war rather than benefit society.

  • Tyler Valentino

    I think that UAV’s or UAS’ have the potential to change the way we live. As stated towards the end of the article, in the future unmanned vehicles could be delivering pizza to our door, or rushing important medication to people in need. It seems really foolish to me that some of our most advanced technologies developed by some of the smartest scientists and engineers in the world are being used to wage war rather than benefit society.

  • kelani

    I feel like drones are very useful but it should be used responsibly.

  • kelani

    I feel like drones are very useful but it should be used responsibly.

  • Ashley

    To me, drones are both good and bad depending on how you’re using them. I like the fact that it is a very advanced technology that can be used to help people by delivering necessities like medicine quickly. However, I don’t like the fact that it is being used to harm other people.

  • Ashley

    To me, drones are both good and bad depending on how you’re using them. I like the fact that it is a very advanced technology that can be used to help people by delivering necessities like medicine quickly. However, I don’t like the fact that it is being used to harm other people.

  • Isadora M.

    I think that there is little or no need, in civilian life, for drones because they invade our privacy and there is no need to kill people remotely in civilian life.

  • Isadora M.

    I think that there is little or no need, in civilian life, for drones because they invade our privacy and there is no need to kill people remotely in civilian life.

  • Xavier brahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    I feel like drones are one of the keys to a futuristic world. I feel like for the most part these drones should be promoted, for multiple reasons like removing soldier casualties.

  • Xavier brahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    I feel like drones are one of the keys to a futuristic world. I feel like for the most part these drones should be promoted, for multiple reasons like removing soldier casualties.

  • BritneyRenae

    I feel like i don’t know enough about drones to say weather or not there good or bad.

  • BritneyRenae

    I feel like i don’t know enough about drones to say weather or not there good or bad.

  • Lyndsey

    I feel very negatively towards drones. I don’t want to use them at all. Even if you create strict rules, someone is eventually going to get a hold of the technology and use it for evil.

  • Lyndsey

    I feel very negatively towards drones. I don’t want to use them at all. Even if you create strict rules, someone is eventually going to get a hold of the technology and use it for evil.

  • Miriam Tovar G

    I think that drones should only be used fro certain reasons, some limits should be set as to how they are used. I feel like it would be ok if they are used for public safety or other good things.

  • Miriam Tovar G

    I think that drones should only be used fro certain reasons, some limits should be set as to how they are used. I feel like it would be ok if they are used for public safety or other good things.

  • Richard Johnson-Gainey

    i feel that drones are made to spy on people. they should be use only to see where is bad people is camping out at. they should be rules on why people use them because you dont want people spy on their wives or girlfriends.

  • Richard Johnson-Gainey

    i feel that drones are made to spy on people. they should be use only to see where is bad people is camping out at. they should be rules on why people use them because you dont want people spy on their wives or girlfriends.

  • Brenda Alejo

    I thinks that drones are useful for the country also the war also it protect us from harm. So I thinks there is nothing wrong with it at all.

  • Brenda Alejo

    I thinks that drones are useful for the country also the war also it protect us from harm. So I thinks there is nothing wrong with it at all.

  • Tommy Rodriguez

    Drones can be both good and bad. It depends how you use them. They can be useful like on CIA, terrorism, military, top secret type of use. They shouldn’t be used to harm or hurt any people. They should be used to collect evidence, pictures, videos or something that can turnout to be big. Other than that we don’t need them.

    • Tommy Rodriguez

      I honestly agree, but i really just learned about it but that is true.

  • Tommy Rodriguez

    Drones can be both good and bad. It depends how you use them. They can be useful like on CIA, terrorism, military, top secret type of use. They shouldn’t be used to harm or hurt any people. They should be used to collect evidence, pictures, videos or something that can turnout to be big. Other than that we don’t need them.

    • Tommy Rodriguez

      I honestly agree, but i really just learned about it but that is true.

  • Kieran Hanson-Schiffgens

    I have mixed feelings about drones. While in some situations they help save American lives, they also don’t have the judgement of a human. When a soldier joins the Army they are told they can disobey a direct order if they feel its inhumane. When Obama ordered the drone strike on those civilians, a human soldier might not have fired on those citizens. But since it was a drone, you push that button and its bombs away.

  • Kieran Hanson-Schiffgens

    I have mixed feelings about drones. While in some situations they help save American lives, they also don’t have the judgement of a human. When a soldier joins the Army they are told they can disobey a direct order if they feel its inhumane. When Obama ordered the drone strike on those civilians, a human soldier might not have fired on those citizens. But since it was a drone, you push that button and its bombs away.

  • Kevin L

    I think drones should be used for military purposes and surveillance. But a line should be drawn somewhere to protect people’s privacy.

  • Kevin L

    I think drones should be used for military purposes and surveillance. But a line should be drawn somewhere to protect people’s privacy.

  • Justyce Key

    I support drones because I feel that they can be used for the good of our country. We can use them for many helpful reasons.

    • Saadiqah

      Yeah I agree with you but I also believe there is a risk of it having a negative impact on us than postive

  • Justyce Key

    I support drones because I feel that they can be used for the good of our country. We can use them for many helpful reasons.

    • Saadiqah

      Yeah I agree with you but I also believe there is a risk of it having a negative impact on us than postive

  • geoff t.

    I think drones could be a great advantage for our military, unless they use it to spy on people. Also, it would be a major threat if drones got in to the hands of other enemy countries.

  • geoff t.

    I think drones could be a great advantage for our military, unless they use it to spy on people. Also, it would be a major threat if drones got in to the hands of other enemy countries.

  • raimundo

    There should be drones and the only rule is that they do not invade peoples privacy unless a warrant is issued. The same as if a cop would be roaming around.

  • raimundo

    There should be drones and the only rule is that they do not invade peoples privacy unless a warrant is issued. The same as if a cop would be roaming around.

  • Austin Davison

    i believe the use of military new technologies is much safer to use such as drones than not to use them at all and send people in airplanes. I think its better also because its not risking the life of our military as much as sending robots out to radar other countries.

  • Austin Davison

    i believe the use of military new technologies is much safer to use such as drones than not to use them at all and send people in airplanes. I think its better also because its not risking the life of our military as much as sending robots out to radar other countries.

  • Bertagnole

    I don’t feel negatively or supportive towards drones. They should be used for surveillance and only as an offensive weapon to remove armed threats without risking the lives of our pilots.

  • Bertagnole

    I don’t feel negatively or supportive towards drones. They should be used for surveillance and only as an offensive weapon to remove armed threats without risking the lives of our pilots.

  • Mackinzie Castillo

    Drones are the next step in combat. By eliminating the loss of human life, tactics that would normally become unviable are now usable in combat.

  • Mackinzie Castillo

    Drones are the next step in combat. By eliminating the loss of human life, tactics that would normally become unviable are now usable in combat.

  • Oscar T.

    I think drones can be very helpful, and the man that built the uav didnt build it for it to shoot missiles. I think that drones can be used, it is helpful in many ways where they dont put a life at stake. Rules cant really be made to it since the government is the one using it and if there where to be limits it would be to not have missiles and for it to not really be available for everyone, and a limit to the size and where to use it.

  • Oscar T.

    I think drones can be very helpful, and the man that built the uav didnt build it for it to shoot missiles. I think that drones can be used, it is helpful in many ways where they dont put a life at stake. Rules cant really be made to it since the government is the one using it and if there where to be limits it would be to not have missiles and for it to not really be available for everyone, and a limit to the size and where to use it.

  • Khairiah Alrobaidi

    I think it would be cool, dromes are good.

  • Khairiah Alrobaidi

    I think it would be cool, dromes are good.

  • Vivian

    Drones have been around for many years. They’ve helped protect lives of many people and soldiers.

  • Vivian

    Drones have been around for many years. They’ve helped protect lives of many people and soldiers.

  • jeffrey lant

    I don’t know what I feel. I feel like a drone already!

  • jeffrey lant

    I don’t know what I feel. I feel like a drone already!

  • aria

    i think drones could be ok but then again it seems like something that would be hard to get use to or to really depend on because you just never know what it might do.

  • aria

    i think drones could be ok but then again it seems like something that would be hard to get use to or to really depend on because you just never know what it might do.

  • tony minto

    I dont care about drones but its the reality and they might be useful in the future depending on who uses them will decide if they are good or bad.

  • tony minto

    I dont care about drones but its the reality and they might be useful in the future depending on who uses them will decide if they are good or bad.

  • River Motley

    I hate drones any form of military weapons meant for assault should be illegal all over the world. If they must be used we should only use it for surveillance and benefit people rather then endangering peoples lives.

  • River Motley

    I hate drones any form of military weapons meant for assault should be illegal all over the world. If they must be used we should only use it for surveillance and benefit people rather then endangering peoples lives.

  • Shainah Alcorn

    I felt about the drones that it can be used more wisely. I think it depends on the situation on how bad or serious it is to use drones period by not just to be spying on people. Yes it should be rules because some people that use or work with drones that might take advantage of it and that wasn’t would be fair or right.

  • Shainah Alcorn

    I felt about the drones that it can be used more wisely. I think it depends on the situation on how bad or serious it is to use drones period by not just to be spying on people. Yes it should be rules because some people that use or work with drones that might take advantage of it and that wasn’t would be fair or right.

  • http://limos7.com Rolf Crudupt II

    I don’t feel that drones are a major threat. I know that the military uses them to protect the US gov’t. and citizens as well as to spy on whomever but to stop using them is not going to benefit the people who reside in America..If anything we need to keep using them.

  • http://limos7.com Rolf Crudupt II

    I don’t feel that drones are a major threat. I know that the military uses them to protect the US gov’t. and citizens as well as to spy on whomever but to stop using them is not going to benefit the people who reside in America..If anything we need to keep using them.

  • Megan

    Drone should not be used.

  • Megan

    Drone should not be used.

  • mohammed aledlah

    I believe that the drone is a great invention. I believe that they should be used during large wars, but I don’t believe it is justified to use these unmanned weapons to kill suspect terrorist. First of all, It doesn’t take multiple large explosive devices to kill one terrorist or a group of terrorist because in the past many innocent humans have died in result of these huge attacks against terrorism. I do believe that there should be a prevention against terrorist, but its sad how no one gives a fuck about the thousands of innocent people dying from these attacks. I believe that these weapons should be used with caution.

    • Lia Lacy

      I completely agree. Drones though acting as a deterrance from killed U.S. soldiers involved in combat is also killing innocent civilians based off “suspicion”. The war on terrorism is nothing more than a fight against fear. Killing civilians doesn’t stop that

  • mohammed aledlah

    I believe that the drone is a great invention. I believe that they should be used during large wars, but I don’t believe it is justified to use these unmanned weapons to kill suspect terrorist. First of all, It doesn’t take multiple large explosive devices to kill one terrorist or a group of terrorist because in the past many innocent humans have died in result of these huge attacks against terrorism. I do believe that there should be a prevention against terrorist, but its sad how no one gives a fuck about the thousands of innocent people dying from these attacks. I believe that these weapons should be used with caution.

    • Lia Lacy

      I completely agree. Drones though acting as a deterrance from killed U.S. soldiers involved in combat is also killing innocent civilians based off “suspicion”. The war on terrorism is nothing more than a fight against fear. Killing civilians doesn’t stop that

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/06/do-now-62-a-love-of-science/ malik suarez-burton

    I feel that although drone planes are effective on keeping our soldiers from harms way they should not be abused. Drone planes are used to often in the field of combat today against our war on terror. More often than not Drone plane weapons are discharged resulting in the death of the innocent, killing innocent fathers and mothers further creates devoted terrorist continuing our endless war on terror.

  • http://education.kqed.org/edspace/2013/02/06/do-now-62-a-love-of-science/ malik suarez-burton

    I feel that although drone planes are effective on keeping our soldiers from harms way they should not be abused. Drone planes are used to often in the field of combat today against our war on terror. More often than not Drone plane weapons are discharged resulting in the death of the innocent, killing innocent fathers and mothers further creates devoted terrorist continuing our endless war on terror.

  • Nelson

    The problem with drones is that they are invasion of privacy, it is unfair the army is funded so much and it the common man collectively doesn’t have anywhere near the economical power to fight back

  • Nelson

    The problem with drones is that they are invasion of privacy, it is unfair the army is funded so much and it the common man collectively doesn’t have anywhere near the economical power to fight back