Review: Drone Warfare: Killing By Remote Control

Medea Benjamin Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control New York: OR Books, 2012.

Joshua Paetkau

A recent article in the New York Times, entitled “A Day Job Waiting for a Kill Shot a Word Away” chronicles some of the psychological disturbances facing drone pilots, as they routinely confront an “enemy” across the world from the safety of a computer screen. While critics may argue that drones turn war into a video game reality, the piece seems to contend, the high-resolution cameras bring intimate footage of the people these pilots are attacking. Continue reading