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    but the fact that it puts no lives at risk realistically does negate the reality of the political consequences to getting it really wrong.

    To me, that ultimately means just that much greater need for solid oversight, which I'm not seeing -- I mean, of course detailed stuff needs to be classified, but I would personally be a lot less uncomfortable with a lot of this if there were a clearly outlined structure for the process here, and a clear set of relatively independent oversight to make sure we don't just totally fuck it up all the time.

    Simultaneously, the drones themselves... well, yeah, if any country in the world has the tech to go after particular people it considers deeply threatening, in hostile areas, without risking the lives of its own military personnel, I mean, they're going to do that. Duh.

    The ethics here aren't easy. This is one of those debates where I often get frustrated with all sides.

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