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The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.
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fictional, self-aware artificial intelligencemetadata collection & analytics system which features centrally in the Terminator franchise and serves as the franchise's main antagonist. Rarely depicted visually in any of the Terminator media, Skynet's operations are almost exclusively performed by war-machines, cyborgsdrones (usually a Terminator), and other computer systems, with the goal of exterminating the human race.
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In their defense, human assets on the ground get killed quite often.
By putting *reliable* people on the ground, you are risking them being captured, tortured, and killed.
It's all bad out here.... You lose or you lose sad to say... Trying to create peace in a war torn world is not easy.
When put in a lose/lose situation what do you do? Well, to put it simply, you lose the way that hurts your own people less. Either way you are taking an L though.
ETA: I would rather be dead than have innocent blood on my hands, though. Don't get me wrong. I do think things are being handled very improperly resulting in a high rate of innocent casualties. But, I don't think there has ever been a conflict that did not. That does not by any means excuse it, but it does put it in perspective.edit on 10-2-2014 by FreeWillAnomaly because: (no reason given)
Currently the CIA and the Pentagon operate separate drone programs geared toward eliminating high-level terrorist targets around the world. According to The Post, the policy shift would have the most effect on Yemen, where both the Pentagon and CIA operate overlapping programs.