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View Diary: "Drone Rule Book": It Doesn't Exist, Except on the New York Times' Front Page (115 comments)

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  •  Technically and operationally very different (5+ / 0-)

    These drones can be seen and heard buzzing over entire regions of the world constantly, regions of the world with whom this country is not at war.

    You hear them when you try to sleep. You hear and see them when you work in the fields or go to the market, or send your kids to school.

    These are terror weapons, and any discussion of them that doesn't address this psychological dimension is pretty pointless.



    Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

    by chuckvw on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:04:19 AM PST

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    •  Oh. (0+ / 0-)

      I forgot.  UCAVs are unique in that they're the only combat aircraft to ever make noise or fly over residences and places of work.  My apologies.

      •  Of course there are other ways (3+ / 0-)
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        gerrilea, aliasalias, CIndyCasella

        to instil constant lowgrade terror in general populations of people with whom we are not at war... but none so cheap and relatively risk free.

        Have a good day.



        Those who do not move, do not notice their chains. Rosa Luxemburg

        by chuckvw on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:18:12 AM PST

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        •  Cheaper, yes. (0+ / 0-)

          Even more convenient.  But in the scope of overall spending in the AOR the additional cost is negligible at the current operating tempo.  Risk for today's combat aviators is very low, too.  

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