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CIA seeks to expand
drone fleet, officials say

Washington Post, by Greg Miller

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 10/18/2012 10:42:36 PM

The CIA is urging the White House to approve a significant expansion of the agency’s fleet of armed drones, a move that would extend the spy service’s decade-long transformation into a paramilitary force, U.S. officials said. The proposal by CIA Director David H. Petraeus would bolster the agency’s ability to sustain its campaigns of lethal strikes in Pakistan and Yemen and enable it, if directed, to shift aircraft to emerging al-Qaeda threats in North Africa or other trouble spots, officials said. If approved, the CIA could add as many as 10 drones

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Deedo, 10/19/2012 12:24:52 AM     (No. 8944577)

I consider the use of drones to blow up the homes of alleged terrorists in Pakistan in the dead of night to be amoral. There are many innocent people in those homes that have nothing to do with terrorism; old folks, wives, kids simply having dinner or sleeping.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: veritas, 10/19/2012 2:21:53 AM     (No. 8944710)

Have they checked with the Post Office?

#1: Amoral, or immoral? There's big difference. Next, where do we draw the line? OK to kill one innocent to get one terrorist? Two innocents? But 5 is too many? 10 innocents OK if we kill 20 terrorists? Do 10 terrorists justify one dead innocent? What? The real problem, though, is that we're in a war, but only our enemies are fighting like it.

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