Rise of the Drones

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones.” Drones are the next chapter in aviation history and are revolutionizing warfare.  NOVA gains unprecedented access to engineers and labs, military experts, pilot training facilities to show how engineers are taking the pilot out of the cockpit with stunning new advances in this game-changing technology to explore if these could become part of our everyday lives here at home.  “Rise of the Drones” airs on PBS at 9 pm January 23.


Peter Yost

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Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights: Do you make things up to fit your agenda? I don't recall any of those reports saying that these were children used as human shields.

And even if they were used as human shields because they were forced to do it, that doesn't give ANY HUMAN BEING—not even your "Lord" President of the United States—the right to murder them in order to get to someone else. If you and I cannot do that—nor even a policeman—then "Lord" President can't do it either. No one is above the law. (I'm sorry to break that news to you. I know you believe that the people in government are "special" and "superior" and have "rights" that the rest of us don't have.)

Jan. 23 2013 03:18 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Classifying a 17 yo with facial hair and with AK47's is NOT a child.

For those REAL children, their parents are responsible for keeping them out of the clutches of terrorists who cynically use them as human shields.

Where is UNICEF on child hostages, child soldiers?

Jan. 22 2013 01:39 PM
Jonah from Ny

You say civilians i say 170 sweet little baby children burned alive blown to pieces and eviscerated by obamas orders. He feigns tears for newtown. Dont forget floridas 30000 new drones .

Jan. 22 2013 01:28 PM

Edward from Washington Heights: Hate to disappoint you, Edward, but it's a "child" like any other child. That's the purpose of the report when they write "civilians were credibly reported killed by drone strikes" of which 60 were children.

Jan. 22 2013 01:24 PM
Paul from NYC/Northern NJ

Worth mentioning:

How will "we" feel when "they" start using their own drones against US? And on US territory?

Just askin'.

Jan. 22 2013 12:58 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Wikipedia -Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

"During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Syrian missile batteries in Lebanon caused heavy damage to Israeli fighter jets. As a result, Israel developed the first modern UAV. Israel pioneered the use of UAVs for real-time surveillance, electronic warfare and decoys.[13][14][15] The images and radar decoying provided by these UAVs helped Israel to completely neutralize the Syrian air defenses at the start of the 1982 Lebanon War, resulting in no pilots downed.[16]"

Jan. 22 2013 12:53 PM
John A

"Remotely Violating". Lovely Freudian slips.

Jan. 22 2013 12:52 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Jan. 22 2013 12:50 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

"including more than 60 children."

What is a child?

Is a 17 yo with an AK47 a child?

Jan. 22 2013 12:31 PM

And on the use of drones domestically:

Naomi Wolf: The coming drone attack on America

Jan. 22 2013 12:25 PM

Questions on Drones, Unanswered Still

"The Bureau of Investigative Journalism in Britain has estimated that, in the first three years after President Obama took office, between 282 and 535 civilians were credibly reported killed by drone strikes — including more than 60 children."

America’s drone wars are not creating a safer world

Jan. 22 2013 12:23 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

When combatants dress in civies, how do you distinguish combatants from REAL civilians?

Jan. 22 2013 12:20 PM
John A

This subject needs more to be a Frontline program and less a Nova one, but I'll be watching anyway. How we got to legally (or Not!) kill semi-Identified foreign nationals without a declaration of war, and a few hundred non-combatant civilians without apology - That's what needs examining.

Jan. 22 2013 12:06 PM

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