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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Drone Enemy Tagging and Future Ramifications

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It was recently reported in Wired's Danger Room that the U.S. Air Force had potential plans to use unmanned drones to tag enemy combatants for future surveillance and possible action, such as death from above.

While this can seem like a great means of tracking enemy movements, it can certainly bring up ethical arguments as to where we draw the line on ceasing such tracking. When and if we discontinue combat operations in Afghanistan, will we proceed with such surveillance in the efforts to stop any possible future terrorism? 

The report on these new tactics being considered by the Air Force hearkened back to an article I had read last year concerning secret agents from Iran systematically hunting down Iraqi Air Force Pilots many years after the Iraq-Iran war. 

They had done so to strike a chord and show that the air bombing of their villages by these pilots will be revenged. It led to the post-war assassination of 180+ Iraqi combat pilots. A similar scenario played out when the Iraeli Mossad sought out and assassinated the Iranian terrorists that killed Israeli Olympians during the 1972 Olympics, as shown in the movie Munich. 

While the suspicion that a tit for tat scenario can take place with any war action is extreme, the actions taken by the Iranian secret services or Israeli Mossad can give rise to thought, when considering use of enemy tracking and any unintended consequences that may arise.

The two examples listed here are completely unrelated, but it can be seen how a circular chain of attacks can take place and endanger the lives or psyches of our armed forces. When all is said and done, I am sure all combat troops want to leave any war zone actions behind them when entering civilian life. Perhaps this "new world" we live in gives the impetus for innovative methods of Big Brother defense. 

Read the whole story on Iraqi Figher Pilots being assassinated at: Iran's Secret Revenge

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