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Drone (un)ethics on the US-Mexico border

Philosophers rationalize drone patrols along our borders

What goes by the name of ‘justice’ is often merely the violence and thievery practiced by those holding the reins of power.

Mark LeVine (2012)

There is a saying, “All’s fair in love and war,” that takes on new meaning with the increasing use of Uninhabited Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or ‘drones.’ There is a fierce political and ethical debate surrounding the use of drones by the US military and in particular the deployment of this technology as an assassination weapon in the so-called “War on Terror.”

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Devon G. Peña, professor of American Ethnic Studies, Anthropology, and Environmental Studies at the University of Washington, is the founder and president of The Acequia Institute, the nation’s first Latina/o charitable foundation dedicated to supporting research and education for the environmental and food justice movements. This article, originally published on Dr. Peña’s blog, MexMigration, was published in the print edition of WiP with permission. 

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