The preponderance of evidence leans in favor of drone targeted terrorist attacks falling under more controlled restrictions before their use as a military form of warfare can be justified.

They typically “fly” missions over Afghanistan and Iraq where they are tasked with collecting photos and video feeds, as well as watching over U.S. soldiers on the ground. A select few are sworn in to fly CIA assassination missions over Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.

The pilot flight

As reported on Salon, “The U.S. drone war across much of the Greater Middle East and parts of Africa is in crisis and not because civilians are dying or the target list for that war or the right to wage it just about anywhere on the planet are in question in Washington.

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Something far more basic is at stake: drone pilots are quitting in record numbers.”

Hideous images of human body parts scattered throughout the remaining debris of a scorched living compound in Afghanistan is what haunts them when they twist and turn in their sleep at night. Their job is to follow orders according to military protocol, with no questions asked, from a higher #Chain Of Command. These new techno-warriors are a new generation of 'Drone Pilots' who's job includes collecting photos and video feeds, as well as watching over U.S. soldiers on the ground, and, they are ordered to kill “high value targets” from the sky.

Heather Linebaugh, a former drone imagery analyst, wrote in the Guardian, “When you are exposed to it over and over again it becomes like a small video, embedded in your head, forever on repeat, causing psychological pain and suffering that many people will hopefully never experience.” Some drone pilots claim that “the horrors of war, seen up close on video screens, day in, day out, are inducing an unprecedented, long-distance version of post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD).” Nonetheless, far from doubt is the notion of being plagued by guilt from the injustice that these pilots are involved in when carrying out missions that result in the 'cold-blooded' murder of innocent women and children.

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Terrorism: a term used loosely

The phrase 'war on terrorism,' has had, from the thought process of many Americans, the distinct meaning of fighting against the destructive acts of barbarism perpetrated on #America And Americans—here at home or abroad. From this standpoint, that fight continues, and it has continued with an ever increasing use of technology. And as such, this new type of war is being resolved with a new, sophisticated type of warfare; however, the uses of drone warfare are leading to controversial aspects that come close to, but falling short of being deemed “war crimes against humanity.'

However subtle this war may seem to Americans, there are outlandish repercussions that thousands of innocent people suffer though in the Greater Middle Eastern countries every day. There is an onslaught of devastating targeted attacks that in the midst, kill hundreds of innocent civilians. Subjectively, we are protecting America's freedom. Objectively, these relentless acts are turning the term 'terrorism' inside out—placing America and Americans in the shoes of being the real terrorist.

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Putting us in a narrative that says: this is a war against 'Muslims and Islam'—enforcing the Jihadist concept. Moreover, perpetuating the rise of 'homegrown terrorist' here in the United States.

Background issues

As reported by ProCon.org, “Since 9/11, over 95% of all non-battlefield targeted killings have been conducted by drones. The CIA under the Bush Administration mostly engaged in "personality" strikes targeting known terrorists whose identities had been firmly established through intelligence, including visual surveillance and electronic and human intelligence.”

Furthermore, sources at ProCon.org have reported that, “In 2008, the CIA began a policy of "signature strikes" against targets outside of named kill lists, targeting individuals based on their "pattern of life" or their suspicious daily behavior. In Pakistan in 2009 and 2010, as many as half of the 170 strikes were classified as signature strikes.”

To be sure, the United States operates drones with a strategy of consent from the leaders of Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Afghanistan. However, the parliaments and governing bodies of these countries, have repeatedly issued public statements scorning the attacks, whereas public sentiment is strongly anti-drone.

Sources from ProCon.org have also revealed that, “On Oct. 15, 2015, a collection of classified documents about the US drone program was released by an anonymous whistle-blower and included revelations that as many as 90 percent of US drone killings in a five-month period were not the intended targets; that there is a clear chain of command in determining targets and authorizing strikes; and that unintended deaths from strikes were classified as "enemies killed in action" regardless of whether the casualties were civilians or combatants.”

For the sake of America

For the sake of America, drones are used in conflicts where war is not openly declared and authorized by Congress. Being as such, this allows the executive branch of the government to have nearly unlimited power over secret wars the world over. According to sources at ProCon.org, “Strikes by the CIA (responsible for approximately 80% of all US drone strikes worldwide) are classified under US law as Title 50 covert actions, defined as "activities of the United States Government... where it is intended that the role... will not be apparent or acknowledged publicly." And as such, the aforementioned covert action has sought to prevent judicial review of claims brought in US courts by human rights groups seeking accountability for potentially unlawful killings.

Pros

Although there are numerous pros and cons listed of the web page 'procon.org,' the following are are few of the more relevant ones:

Drone strikes make the United States safer by decimating terrorist networks across the world.” According to President Obama, "dozens of highly skilled al Qaeda commanders, trainers, bomb makers and operatives have been taken off the battlefield.

Drones kill fewer civilians, as a percentage of total fatalities, than any other military weapon. it is estimated that 174 to 1,047 civilians have been killed in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia since the United States began conducting drone strikes abroad following the Sep. 11, 2001 attacks, roughly 8-17% of all deaths from US drones.

Cons

Drone strikes create more terrorists than they kill. The number of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) core members grew from 300 in 2009 (when US drone strikes resumed after a seven-year hiatus) to 700 in 2012, resulting in an exponential increase in the number of #terrorist attacks in the region.

Drone strikes kill large numbers of civilians and traumatize local populations. According to 130 interviews with victims and witnesses of drone strikes by researchers from Stanford and New York University, people who live in the affected areas experience harm "beyond death and physical injury" and "hear drones hover 24 hours a day," and live with the fear that a strike could occur at any moment of the day or night.