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US Using High-Tech Drones to Fight Low-Tech Pirates


Unmanned US drones, equipped with cameras and night vision, are hunting pirates off the coast of Somalia.

The planes will fly (themselves) low, and take detailed pictures of the pirates' fishing boats, relaying them to the international antipiracy coalition. Without risking any US lives, the drones make it harder for Somalian pirates to hide, and easier to protect at least some of the 100 ships that are attacked each year by the pirates.

US drones are at work around the world. Last week, Sen. Feinstein (D-CA) disclosed for the first time that there are pilotless CIA Predator aircraft patrols in Pakistan. Although the details are top secret, experts believe the drones are controlled by the US. And they allegedly carry out missile strikes against extremist targets in Pakistan.

How do you feel about unmanned aircrafts carrying out military operations — are robot fighters safer and more accurate, or ethically questionable?

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