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1 Are bad acts bad because they're done by bad people, or are bad people bad because they do bad acts?

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5 Drone warfare in the Obama administration

6 Drone warfare in the Obama administration In addition to "personality" strikes, “signature” strikes

7 Drone warfare in the Obama administration In addition to "personality" strikes, “signature” strikes Target “groups of men who bear certain signatures, or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity, but whose identities aren’t known.”

8 Drone warfare in the Obama administration In addition to "personality" strikes, “signature” strikes Target “groups of men who bear certain signatures, or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity, but whose identities aren’t known.” “Defining characteristics” has never been made public.

9 Drone warfare in the Obama administration In addition to "personality" strikes, “signature” strikes Target “groups of men who bear certain signatures, or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity, but whose identities aren’t known.” “Defining characteristics” has never been made public. “Double tap” strikes

10 Drone warfare in the Obama administration In addition to "personality" strikes, “signature” strikes Target “groups of men who bear certain signatures, or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity, but whose identities aren’t known.” “Defining characteristics” has never been made public. “Double tap” strikes Secondary strikes have killed and maimed first responders coming to the rescue of those injured in the first strike.

11 Drone warfare in the Obama administration In addition to "personality" strikes, “signature” strikes Target “groups of men who bear certain signatures, or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity, but whose identities aren’t known.” “Defining characteristics” has never been made public. “Double tap” strikes Secondary strikes have killed and maimed first responders coming to the rescue of those injured in the first strike. The US government counts all adult males killed by strikes as “militants,” absent exonerating evidence.

12 Drone warfare in the Obama administration In addition to "personality" strikes, “signature” strikes Target “groups of men who bear certain signatures, or defining characteristics associated with terrorist activity, but whose identities aren’t known.” “Defining characteristics” has never been made public. “Double tap” strikes Secondary strikes have killed and maimed first responders coming to the rescue of those injured in the first strike. The US government counts all adult males killed by strikes as “militants,” absent exonerating evidence. Informants may providing false tips to settle scores, advance sectarian or political agendas, or to obtain financial reward.

13 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

14 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Direct impacts of strikes killing and injuries

15 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Direct impacts of strikes killing and injuries property damage

16 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Direct impacts of strikes killing and injuries property damage severe economic hardship

17 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Direct impacts of strikes killing and injuries property damage severe economic hardship emotional trauma for injured victims and surviving family

18 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Direct impacts of strikes killing and injuries property damage severe economic hardship emotional trauma for injured victims and surviving family Pakistani officials US strikes are illegal, counter-productive, and violate the country’s sovereignty.

19 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Direct impacts of strikes killing and injuries property damage severe economic hardship emotional trauma for injured victims and surviving family Pakistani officials US strikes are illegal, counter-productive, and violate the country’s sovereignty. 94% of Pakistanis believe the attacks kill too many innocent people.

20 From June 2004 through mid-September 2012, drone strikes killed 2,562-3,325 people in Pakistan, of whom were civilians, including 176 children. - The Bureau of Investigative Journalism Direct impacts of strikes killing and injuries property damage severe economic hardship emotional trauma for injured victims and surviving family Pakistani officials US strikes are illegal, counter-productive, and violate the country’s sovereignty. 94% of Pakistanis believe the attacks kill too many innocent people. 74% of Pakistanis consider the US an enemy

21 Minimization of pilot risk and political risk make strikes more likely.

22 Secrecy = No accountability

23 Minimization of pilot risk and political risk make strikes more likely. Secrecy = No accountability If the U.S. uses drones to kill people, presumably Taliban fighters, in Pakistan, is the Taliban morally justified in targeting U.S. pilots in Virginia?

24 Minimization of pilot risk and political risk make strikes more likely. Secrecy = No accountability If the U.S. uses drones to kill people, presumably Taliban fighters, in Pakistan, is the Taliban morally justified in targeting U.S. pilots in Virginia? Is it morally permissible to have pilots living with their families?


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