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Old 01-07-2010, 11:25 PM   #1
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This story caught my eye http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...section.robots, the US want a third of their army to be robots in ten years and spent over two thousand million dollars on uncrewed military aircraft last year alone.

By 2015, the US Department of Defense plans that one third of its fighting strength will be composed of robots, part of a $127bn (£68bn) project known as Future Combat Systems (FCS), a transformation that is part of the largest technology project in American history.

In Afghanistan the US sent in armed Talon reconnaissance drones - small tanks equipped with camera and sensing equipment, and armed with anything from a sniper's rifle to rocket launchers.

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Does this mean im stuck on the wrong timeline?
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Old 01-07-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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This story caught my eye http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...section.robots, the US want a third of their army to be robots in ten years and spent over two thousand million dollars on uncrewed military aircraft last year alone.

By 2015, the US Department of Defense plans that one third of its fighting strength will be composed of robots, part of a $127bn (£68bn) project known as Future Combat Systems (FCS), a transformation that is part of the largest technology project in American history.

In Afghanistan the US sent in armed Talon reconnaissance drones - small tanks equipped with camera and sensing equipment, and armed with anything from a sniper's rifle to rocket launchers.

http://www.barbelith.com/topic/25994




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As long as Skynet doesn't go online I think we should be fine....

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Old 01-07-2010, 11:42 PM   #3
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This story caught my eye http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology...section.robots, the US want a third of their army to be robots in ten years and spent over two thousand million dollars on uncrewed military aircraft last year alone.

By 2015, the US Department of Defense plans that one third of its fighting strength will be composed of robots, part of a $127bn (£68bn) project known as Future Combat Systems (FCS), a transformation that is part of the largest technology project in American history.

In Afghanistan the US sent in armed Talon reconnaissance drones - small tanks equipped with camera and sensing equipment, and armed with anything from a sniper's rifle to rocket launchers.

http://www.barbelith.com/topic/25994




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Nothing like making war ...impersonal

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Old 01-08-2010, 01:18 AM   #4
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Great accounts of our Glorious Victories, available here:
http://news.antiwar.com/2010/01/02/u...rikes-in-2009/
and other places...

Much has been made of the successes, but while the strikes have been regular and they almost always are presented by Pakistan’s intelligence community as having killed “suspects,” the actual successes are few and far between, with only five confirmed kills of real militant leaders, and a handful of unconfirmed claims that usually haven’t panned out.

The vast majority of the deaths, around 700 according to one estimate, have been innocent civilians. With such a massive civilian toll and so little to show for it, it is no wonder that Pakistani people have been up in arms over the continued strikes.


But US officials have rarely commented on the drone strikes, except on those rare occasions when they actually kill someone meaningful, and seem completely ambivalent to the hundreds of innocent people killed in the meantime. The ultimate example of this was June 22-23.


On June 22, the US struck at a house officials called a “suspected militant hideout,” burying a few locals inside. When others rushed to the scene to rescue them, they launched another missile, killing 13 apparently innocent Pakistanis. When they held a funeral procession on June 23, the US hit that too, ostensibly on the belief that Baitullah Mehsud might be among the mourners. He wasn’t, but the attack killed at least 80 more people.


When announcing the December escalation into Afghanistan, President Obama reportedly also approved an escalation of drone strikes into Pakistan. It seems unlikely that the intelligence has gotten any better, however, and civilians across North and South Waziristan are in an understandable panic.
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PESHAWAR: Of the 44 predator strikes carried out by US drones in the tribal areas of Pakistan over the past 12 months, only five were able to hit their actual targets, killing five key Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders, but at the cost of over 700 innocent civilians.

According to the statistics compiled by Pakistani authorities, the Afghanistan-based US drones killed 708 people in 44 predator attacks targeting the tribal areas between January 1 and December 31, 2009.

For each Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorist killed by US drones, 140 innocent Pakistanis also had to die. Over 90 per cent of those killed in the deadly missile strikes were civilians, claim authorities.

The success percentage for the drone hits during 2009 was hardly 11 per cent. On average, 58 civilians were killed in these attacks every month, 12 persons every week and almost two people every day. Most of the attacks were carried out on the basis of human intelligence, reportedly provided by the Pakistani and Afghan tribesmen, who are spying for the US-led allied forces in Afghanistan.

Of the five successful predator attacks carried out in 2009, the first one came on January 1, which reportedly killed two senior al-Qaeda leaders - Usama al-Kin and Sheikh Ahmed Salim - both wanted by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Kin was the chief operational commander of Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and had replaced Abu Faraj Al Libi after his arrest in 2004.

The second successful drone attack was conducted on August 5 in South Waziristan that killed the most wanted fugitive chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Baitullah Mehsud along with his wife.

The US State Department had announces a $5million head money for information leading to Baitullah, making him the only Pakistani fugitive with the head money separately announced by Islamabad and Washington. -DawnNews
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Basically what we do is kill a bunch of women and children, via remote control, from a building just outside of Las Vegas. Then, we call them "suspects", so that when their families attend their funerals, we can kill them, too.

I think it's quite a nice touch that our brave people can do this from Vegas. That way, should any twinge of conscience come up, they can leave work early and hit the casinos... maybe see a show, and feel better about it all.

Shades of the book "Ender's Game".

People should also start thinking about the next step for all this, too.

Crowd Control!

Is Dancing With The Stars on? I think I feel a twinge, myself.

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Old 01-08-2010, 01:34 AM   #5
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I can't think of anything to say that doesn't include some very foul language. I wanna new timeline.
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Old 01-08-2010, 04:15 AM   #6
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I weep for the future.

Imagine a future battlefield full of robots. What if when a soldier, which is now a robot, dies? It can be replaced much easier and cheaper than a human soldier. This means that those directing the war will have no worries of lost lives, and will wage more ruthless wars, with no regard for the citizens. It will be a sad world if this truly happens
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Old 01-08-2010, 10:25 AM   #7
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I can't think of anything to say that doesn't include some very foul language. I wanna new timeline.
I flip/flop between foul language, and crying, myself.

I fear... no, not quite right. I am becoming more certain every day that...

There will come a day, when sons and daughters of these people will managed to get a nuclear device into the US, and set it off. And the cry will go up from every town;
"Why do they hate us?"
Sadder yet. It will be genuine.

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Old 01-08-2010, 10:34 AM   #8
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and then there is this http://www.physorg.com/news141314439.html



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In the future, soldiers may be communicating silently with sophisticated "thought helmets." The devices would harness a person´s brain waves and transmit them as radio waves, where they would be translated into words in the headphones of other soldiers.


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