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Drones: the New Frontier of Warfare and Spying

When: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 2:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Friends Meeting Center • 5 Longfellow Park, off Brattle St. • Harvard Sq T • Cambridge
Bruce Gagnon – Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space Bruce Gagnon
Nancy Murray – American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts Nancy Murray
Matthew Hoey – Military Space Transparency Project Matthew Hoey

How should we Respond?

U.S. use of drones for warfare and spying has become routine. The use of drones has increased dramatically under the Obama administration. Pentagon funding for drones is scheduled to increase by up to 60 percent while other programs are being cut. Drones have been used for targeted killings in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen. One in three U.S. warplanes are now drone piloted. Drones have also been used for surveillance in the U.S.

Kept under a cloak of secrecy, this new tool for international warfare and domestic surveillance, has far-reaching legal, financial and social ramifications. Learn more about this new instrument of war and plan together about how we can respond.

  • Why are drones the US military's weapon of choice for the future?
  • Are drones invulnerable to budget cuts?
  • Can drone warfare be conducted without the consent of Congress?
  • How can drones be used to spy on all Americans?
  • Is drone warfare legal?

Sponsors:

Women's International League for Peace and Freedom - Boston Branch (617-244-8054)

United for Justice with Peace (617-383-4857)

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