Drones: Rights and Chicano Communities
The ethical question of drones has caused more controversy than Madonna kissing Britney Spears - Drones: Rights and Chicano Communities introduction. So, what are these “drones” anyways? A drone is commonly known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it is aircraft that lacks a human pilot on board and it is loaded with deadly weapons. There are many people who strongly support the practice of drones because they provide “security”. Because drones are equipped with facial recognition, the procedure in finding “criminals” will be much easier than before.
However, there are also many people who wish to abolish the practice of drones because they would much rather keep their privacy instead of security. Which is understandable, since it violates the Fourth Amendment—which states that, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”.
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Although I do see both sides to the situation, I generally believe drones will not give us the security we desire, nor will they make the United States a safer or better place. For example, London has been under surveillance for a couple of years now, but that has not been enough to stop crime there. The idea of being watched by aircraft that has no pilot is terrifying. Therefore, I do not believe we should live in a world where technology has the upper hand on us because it is unethical, it is a violation of our human/international rights and finally, drones are an invasion of our privacy.
Since the beginning of time, humans have been known for creating new technology every day. Just how advanced should technology be in order to be “too much”? The Twenty-First century, has been one of the most advanced centuries in technology. Such advances include Smartphones, Hybrid cars and even birth control. However, one of these advances just does not seem to benefit mankind. The idea that humans will slowly evolve into machine-like people is absurd. The real idea here is that machines are becoming more human-like.
Despite the possibility of that being true, machines such as drones are becoming human-like because they are completely independent. However, they do not have the ability to “judge” or “trust” like a human does. They are not human, they do not have personalities. They are programmed to search and destroy. For example, if there is a man that weighs 205 lbs. , stands at 6’1, wearing a red sweater and you happen to fit the description—a drone might happen to kill you simply because you resembled the criminal’s appearance.
A drone will not stop to question your innocence, it will assume you are the guilty one and call it a day. Many Chicano’s, for example, have been victims of this discrimination as soon as they walk into a store because they are presumed to be thieves, gang affiliated or disruptive just because they are of the Hispanic descent. Since they “appear” to be bad people, store owners will manage to keep their eyes on them at all times even if they are doing nothing more than buying formula for their newborn baby.
I feel the Chicano communities deserve more than what they get. If money is being on spent on Chicano’s to be haunted down by a drone, our governments logic is irrational. Money should not be spent on a machine that will capture and/or kill the wrong person. That is a form of murder, which is illegal. So why does the government still allow themselves to spend $28 million, at the least on a machine who is able to murder instead of protect? $28 million can make a huge change in our world.
Chicano communities that reside in the eastern and southern areas of Los Angeles as well as the San Fernando Valley could really benefit from $28 million to provide better education to kids, as well as better hospitals. Instead, the government neglects these Chicano communities and funds the use of warfare machinery to roam internationally in order commit innocent killings. I think we have reached a time where technology has gone too far.
Killing innocent people, wasting millions of dollars on military aircraft, and watching over us does not seem right or good for the being of the people. It is unjust and morally wrong. Think of the children who are filled with nothing but wonder and innocence, being filmed by a machine throughout their days. It gives off an uneasy feeling, does it not? These drones will be the “eye in the sky” and watch anybody, including children. There is footage that shows how a predator drone “vaporizes” people who appear to be crossing the border.
In the video, we see what appear to be three people, walking alongside a fence, when suddenly, there is smoke similar to that of a nuclear bomb and these three innocent people completely vanish. In the Middle East, for example, drones have killed many innocent people—including babies. However, the government and militaries main targets are those who are believed to be terrorists. “Believed” is a strong word in this situation because according to the law, one is innocent until proven guilty—which drones do not bother practicing.
UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, Phillip Alston, took a stand against the CIA and their drone killings with the following, “Targeted killings pose a rapidly growing challenge to the international rule of law. They are increasingly used in circumstances which violate the relevant rules of international law”. In agreement with what Alston argues, these killings are in fact violating the rules of international law because they are neglecting the emphasis of importance of security and peace.
Alston also makes a strong point when he says that, “…ill-defined license to kill without accountability is not an entitlement which the United States or other States can have without doing grave damage to the rules designed to protect the right to life and prevent extrajudicial executions”, meaning that the United States is doing everything in their entirety to violate the simplistic laws of our government by killing without reason and demeaning a person “guilty” without trial. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, to have privacy is to have “freedom from unauthorized intrusion”.
Privacy is one of the many freedoms we obtain that we fail to express throughout our lives. When we have a freedom that we do not express, it is as easy to take away from us, as it is taking candy from a baby. The privacy of people should be considered “sacred”, it should remain private. It sounds incredibly disgusting as well as unsympathetic to watch the daily routines of people—without their consent. There are many things in life that should remain intimate because to me, it is in our human nature to be that way. When did it become acceptable to intrude people’s lives’? U. S.
Senator of Kentucky, Rand Paul states that “flying over our homes, farms, ranches and businesses and spying on us while we conduct our everyday lives is not an example of protecting our rights. It is an example of violating them”—which I believe proves a point because prior to Paul’s statement, the purpose of drones was “…protecting individual rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution”. The individual rights guaranteed by the U. S. Constitution are simply not being protected by drones—we are not in agreement with what these drones are capable of. Yet, the Chicano community is the most shut-out of all, we have no voice.
The only societies we hear of that speak up against the government and their plans are those that have money as well as status. Not the Chicano’s because chances are that if the Chicano’s take a stance, the drones will be used against them. Clearly, drones are no laughing matter and in some situations, there are a lot of this country’s civilians’ opinions left shut in the dark because the government is too self-involved to realize we live in a democratic society, not a totalitarian one. Rand Paul also argues that “we should not be treated like criminals or terrorists while we are simply conducting our everyday lives.
We should not have our rights infringed upon by unwarranted police-state tactics”. Can you imagine the day where you decide to go to your significant other’s house to have a nice night in, just the three of you? Your significant other, yourself and a drone. With all the infringement the government is committing, it will not be too long before we become slaves to our own nation. At this rate, we will be left without any rights—we will not be able to express our freedom of speech and our freedom of privacy. Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty”?
In my opinion, these drones will be the collapse of our government because they violate too many constitutional as well as human rights, all at once. We are not meant to be treated or labeled as criminals and terrorists, if we are not—that is in fact a form of slander which is illegal in the United States and can result in a civil lawsuit. When I asked a few of my peers about how they feel about drones, none of them were happy about it. Not one of the people I spoke to gave me positive feedback on drones. They all strayed on the idea that the Fourth Amendment protects us from being targets in our own homes.
Despite the fact that it is the law for us to have security in our own homes because searches and seizures are not allowed without a warrant, these drones are still willingly going to go against the law and bring danger to our homes by watching over us. Many of my peers claimed it was incredibly disrespectful and that drones should stay where they belong—in war zones. I could not agree more. Drones should not be watching over the civilians who try their hardest to live their lives day to day. Thus far, drones have killed thousands of innocent people and children are being bombed because of the predator drones used by Obama in the Middle East.
Yet, nobody knows that besides the news–which never go into detail about the cons of having drones on U. S. soil. Therefore, I am very much against the use of drones in the United States, especially if they are programmed to work without human control. I will never understand how politicians justify their use because to me, they are just wrong. People should not use robots, especially if they are not accurate, on targets where innocent people live and become victims to the drones’ misjudgments. I think my freedom is more important than my security. There are better ways to surveillance criminals without violating the Bill Of Rights.
People should not let such monstrosity happen to our country. Though, it might make us “safer”, it will also take away our privacy. People need to wake up and realize that there are more important things in life than “safety”. Especially if it means giving up your rights. If people let their rights get taken away, who knows what other rights the government might try to take away from us next. With all the oblivion going on in our world, and so many people being unaware of what truly matters, it will be incredibly easy for the government to take away more of our rights.
Basically, drones should be used only in war-zones—but when needed. Drones should not be used in war zones to kill innocent men who are assumed guilty of being a terrorist because it is against our international laws. Drones should also not be used as surveillance in societies where terrorism is the governments last concern—such as the Chicano communities in California, and all around the United States of America because it is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. If they could spy on us, why are we not allowed to spy on them? What are they hiding that we cannot know?
Also, what are we capable of knowing or doing that they feel the need to know? If we go against the government in retrospect to drones, we would possibly be looked for ten times more thoroughly than the person behind Wiki Leaks, Julian Assange was when the government found out about all the scandals he published about the government. Just like any other legal action taken by the government, a warrant should always be presented when searching a person and or their homes. It is standard procedure to do so. People definitely need to be more aware of the world we live in as a result of drones roaming our world.
They also need to realize that celebrities are not important, and that it is critical to be aware of what goes on in our world. Drones will be the end of us. My theory is that with drones being used, many people will try and fled the United States because of the invasion of privacy and because of this, the economy will only worsen. I also believe that if drones patrol the borders and prevent immigrants from getting to their destination, the population will slowly decrease and many will suddenly decide to go against the drones and fight.
We are currently starting to live in a science-fiction world where robots are in the sky watching our every move. What we are experiencing is similar to that of the famous book, 1984 by George Orwell. “In the far distance a helicopter skimmed down between the roofs, hovered for an instant like a bluebottle, and darted away again with a curving flight. It was the police patrol, snooping into people’s windows” is what Orwell tells—surprisingly enough, it is a perfect description of what we are currently trying to surpass.
Freedom should be the nation’s number one priority—not security. Surveillance has been around for many years and only ever so often do criminals get caught for their crimes. Technology should not have the upper hand on us because without us, technology would not exist. Thus, drones are a prime example of technology gone wrong. Such advances in technology should not be programmed to hurt people and be loaded with lethal weapons. Drones should be banned from the entire world because they fail to protect our rights in all aspects.