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Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control, provides an in depth, well-researched account about the new warfare system that is threatening countries in the Indian subcontinent: drone warfare.
Benjamin's book is a 'call for action' and raising awareness amongst the public about the inefficiency of using drones in modern warfare. The author visited Afghanistan in 2002, just weeks after the American invasion. After talking to victims of strikes, she learned about the reality of using these so-called 'precision bombs', which the US forces were increasingly using. Benjamin maintains that the public is lulled into accepting that drones are great for targeted killings, making us more safe.
Abraham Karem, who was the chief designer on the Israeli Air force, began building drones in the 1980s, in California. He had the full support of the CIA and the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency behind him. Major advances in information technology and computer softwares helped to promote the usefulness of drones to the police and military services. In the industrialized world, it provided a financial bonus for companies who built them, especially in the US and in Israel.
Drones were initially engineered for surveillance purposes. But their use for targeted killings is the focus of Benjamin's argument. Drones are now consistently used in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Drones operate by tracking and killing militants whose behaviour fit a pattern of militancy. However Obama's administration maintains that this type of collateral damage is negligible. Even recent incidences such as the deliberate targeting of a US citizen by the CIA in Yemen, or accidentally killing twenty Pakistani soldiers in Waziristan, has not put a limit to drone usage.
Benjamin asserts that extra-judicial killing is illegal. This is an ethical issue, especially since the decision to attack with a missile is made from a control room in the US. Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control , will force readers to consider whether firing a drone missile is worse than dropping a nuclear bomb? It urges activists, lawyers, scientists, and laypeople to participate in a call for action opposing drone usage in warfare.
About Medea Benjamin
Medea Benjamin is an author and political activist, who hails from California. She has authored more than eight books. Some of these titles are Don't Be Afraid, Gringo: A Honduran Woman Speaks From The Heart, How To Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses To Violence And Terrorism, and Cuba: Talking About Revolution: Conversations With Juan Antonio Blanco.
She was born in 1952 in New York. Benjamin earned her Master's degree from Columbia University and a Master's in Economics from The New School. Benjamin is the cofounder of a peace organization name Code Pink, and a fair trade group Global Exchange. She is also an active member of the Green Party. The Los Angeles Times labeled Benjamin as "a high profile leader". She is married to Kevin Danaher, who co-founded Code Pink and Global Exchange with her. Together they reside in San Francisco with their two daughters.