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Predator Drones for Sale! (Human Rights, International Law Optional)


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Predator Drones for Sale! (Human Rights, International Law Optional)

Tom Engelhardt

My drone is yours, compadre! Or so Washington has now decided. The latest promise of good times in the arms trade comes from an administration that has pioneered a robotic assassination regime organized out of the White House (though credit for groundbreaking drone assassination work should go to Israel as well). Run largely by the CIA, the U.S.


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"The State Department has just announced that armed Predator and Reaper drones will be available for sale to carefully vetted and selected allies around the world. This is, of course, splendid news for U.S. arms makers in a market that, over the next decade, is expected to more than double in size from $5.2 billion to $11.6 billion. However, as the Washington Post reports, this new program will build “on the Obama administration’s update last year to rules on conventional weapons transfers, which emphasize human rights protections in decisions about arms sales.”

Spreading terror under the guise of fighting a war against terrorism is M.A.D. crossed with Theater of the Absurd.


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"... carefully vetted and selected allies ..."

Do you think Israel has committed sufficient human rights abuses in order to qualify?