How is using any weapon system by a Govt agency not an act of war? The party line: Because robots make everything BRAND NEW. The Geneva Convention didn’t say ANYTHING about robots. So that means if you remote-control a robot and make it kill someone, there are NO LAWS that govern this. Any presumption that the operators is responsible is just ludicrous. The laws don’t say that. So we deploy robots that use biological and chemical weapons against civilian populations in order to quell labor riots in order to keep prices low at Walmart – so what? The Geneva Conventions, all our treaties and laws, they don’t say jack shit about this. We can do whatever the fuck we want with robots and nobody can touch us! That is the current US administration/military position. It doesn’t surprise me much. I mean, the Nuremberg hearings after WWII defined ‘human rights violations’ as ‘anything the United States didn’t do’, so it’s pretty clear they have NEVER had any intention other than playing dirty. I’m American, but I am not OK with playing dirty. The ONLY reason that I believe America is a great country is because of the principles it was founded upon, principles of equal treatment (and not just to citizens), expanding freedoms for the public, consent of the governed, etc. If it ditches those principles, it fails to hold any value whatsoever. It was never about ‘this is my clan’ or ‘this patch of dirt is magic’, and that’s what set it apart from other nations in history. And sure plenty of people think it’s a lost cause, but I will never, not even if it costs me my life, shut up about it.
The US Central Intelligence Agency has been operating a secret airbase for unmanned drones in Saudi Arabia for the past two years – US media have known of its existence since then, but have not reported it.