U.S. military drones are now taking off and landing at a civilian commercial airport in New York State near Syracuse, where drone pilots at Hancock Air Base learn to use flying robots to kill thousands of miles away.
Plans are in the works to employ drone pilots in more U.S. cities. And U.S. Customs and Border Protection has drones in the skies near, and not so near, U.S. borders, as well as loaned out to local police. Little by little, the wars come home.
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Little by little, the wars expand. The number of countries (and armed groups) using drones continues to rise. And the early months of the Trump presidency have seen a dramatic increase in the use of drone strikes by the United States, and in the areas of the earth to be targeted.
Nonviolent protesters near Syracuse, N.Y., have for years now risked prison to educate and build pressure against the use of drones to kill in U.S. wars. In March a jury acquitted four of them, and a judge dismissed charges against others stemming from a separate action.
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> Norman Solomon: Killer Drones in the Empire State