Great, reflective piece by Dr. Devon G. Peña. -Angela
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What goes by the name of ‘justice’ is often merely the violence and thievery practiced by those holding the reins of power.Mark LeVine (2012)
…we have a duty to protect an agent engaged in a justified act from harm to the greatest extent possible, as long as that protection does not interfere with the agent’s ability to act justly…Therefore, we are obligated to employ UAV [drone] weapon systems…The point…is…that there is nothing wrong in principle with using a UAV and that, other things being equal, using such technology is, in fact, obligatory.
Bradley. J. Strawser, Journal of Military Ethics (2010)
The Sons and Daughters of Those Noble Pioneer Fathers and Mothers who . . . battled so bravely for supremacy and . . . made possible all the glorious blessings that have followed…[The original dust jacket describes the book as a testament to]…the early battles of those advancing pioneers as they relentingly [sic] encroached across the borders of the territories which the Indians believed to be theirs…made invaluable by his extensive use of other primary source material such as his numerous turn-of-the-century interviews and correspondence with early Texas Rangers and frontiersmen who were yet living. Many of his accounts are found nowhere else in publications of Texas history and thus provide fresh insights into the history of Texas’ wars against the Indians. [brackets added]
While there will not likely be any armed drones conducting border patrol duty any time soon, there are plenty of anti-immigrant nativists who harbor serious fantasies of violence against the “invading brown tides” and are rooted in this legacy of white fantasies of border wars and conquests.
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(The Republic) - A new unmanned aircraft has arrived in Arizona and will be the fourth in the state’s fleet to patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/sv3Jfz) that the aircraft, also known as a drone, arrived Tuesday. In all, six drones patrol the border from California to Texas, doing things most manned aircraft can’t. Their cameras can determine from as far as 10 miles away if a ground sensor was set off by drug smugglers or cows. They also can collect intelligence on suspicious behavior at houses without anyone knowing because they fly so high and are quieter than other aircraft. The drone costs about $6 million, while the antennas, radar, maintenance and other operational costs total $18.5 million per drone.