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Drone Analyst Slams Program

A woman who worked on the drone program penned a Guardian editorial bashing politicians and defenders of the growing unmanned aircraft industry. Heather Linebaugh writes that she wants to ask them, "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile?" She also notes the lack of data released on the number of civilian deaths and faulty technology by the government, and points out that the operator's camera view is so pixelated it's almost always difficult to detect whether or not someone is actually carrying a weapon. "The UAVs in the Middle East are used as a weapon, not as protection," Linebaugh writes, "and as long as our public remains ignorant to this, this serious threat to the sanctity of human life – at home and abroad – will continue."