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  •  I think most people don't understand the (4+ / 0-)

    larger implications of the unwritten laws governing this program, specifically, how they will effect the use of the next generation of military weapons -- fully autonomous military weapons.

    At this moment, we're debating the question: should the president be allowed to grant himself the power to use drones to kill selected targets without due process of law, which is a very important debate because the laws that we establish now will set guidelines for future assassinations, which will be carried out by autonomous drones who will have the capacity to the make decisions about who should be killed.

    Think about what I'm saying: it presents a myriad of ethical and moral questions that are more difficult to answer than most people can imagine. For example, if a drone selects a target to be killed on American soil, but in the process kills innocent American children, who will be held accountable? The president? The military? The drone's controller? The maker? You can't prosecute the drone, so who will be held accountable?

    Who knows. We can't even get a straight answer from this administration about how many innocent people have been killed by American drones.

    rssrai, I truly hope you will rethink your position because it is very myopic. This debate we're having now, has come too late, but even now it is more important than you think; it warrants a much deeper look than just granting blanket approval of such a program without calling for legitimate oversight.

    And if you think this isn't the future of military weapons, then you haven't been paying attention...just take a look at the semi-autonomous weapons that are being employed now (without most people being aware that they exist). South Korea and Israel are using them to patrol DMZ areas. We're using them on battleships...and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

    •  Or what if the drone or the AI guiding the drone (3+ / 0-)
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      decides that the president is a terrorist based on analysis of all the electronic communications in the country?  Remember, one of the goals of the Total Information Awareness system was to have a self aware system capable of detecting and responding to potential terrorist threats much better than humans.

      You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

      by Throw The Bums Out on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 08:24:05 AM PST

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