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The Pros And Cons Of Drone Surveillance

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International law does not have direction to how the US UAV program might operate because there is little precedent for its classification. Drone surveillance can add a new level of security and self-policing to a state without compromising legality, however, drone strikes consistently dance on the line of blatantly illegal and legal due to self-defense. Unmanned technology has many uses in the modern war zone that add a level of safety to those using them. Due to concerns of civilian casualties and a lack of transparency by US officials, strikes by UAV could be considered a violation of international law (Geneva, 1979).

Drone warfare has been in violation of Article 51 of the U.N. Charter which defines the rules of self-defense because
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There are several tracking agencies that have attempted to utilize the limited reports and news sources to get an estimate on civilian versus militant casualties. However, due to the unwillingness of the government to report strikes, the estimates are only a substitute for needed facts. The Colombia Human Rights Clinic examined data from three of the more influential tracking agencies (The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Long War Journal, and the New America Foundation) and found that the estimates of casualties were limited by the lack of government transparency and that they “...consistently vastly underestimate the potential number of civilians killed....” (HRC, 2012).Without clear facts on civilian casualties it is near impossible to determine whether or not UAVs should continue to be utilized in the current…show more content…
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the Security Council agreed to the right of the United States (and others affected) to collectively and individually defend against a foreign threat. Several international organizations acknowledged that the attacks allowed for the use of self-defense. Coalition forces were formed under the continued implication of self-defense as operations commenced against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and, similarly, when Israel countered Hezbollah attacks. States generally accepted their right to self-defend against terrorists, although Israel's operation was said to be in violation of the requirement of proportionality (Thomas,
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