As a protester of the use of killer drone strikes and Johns Hopkins University's swarming drone research, I was shocked to read "U.S. to sell armed drones to allies" (Feb. 18). Sadly, the U.S. government has a long and troubled history of supporting and providing arms to dictatorial regimes which have committed enormous human rights violations. Egypt, for example, has a notorious human rights record but it is a favored U.S. ally and is currently attacking ISIS. Since the rules on the sales of killer drones are classified, we do not know if Egypt, for example, would be sold these killing machines.
The use of killer drones is immoral, illegal and unconstitutional. Our government has killed U.S. citizens without any pretense of due process and an innumerable number of noncombatants. This policy use in the War on Terror has been an abysmal failure and, as a leaked CIA document confirms, it is just creating more terrorists. It is also a blight on the government's attempt to chastise other countries for alleged human rights violations. How can anyone take serious a U.S. condemnation of another country's human rights violations when our military and the CIA run an assassination program?
U.S. drone attacks have killed thousands of innocent people. Of course, this results in hatred toward this country. Selling killer drones to other countries will only lower the threshold for starting wars. Killer drones are not the answer. And selling them to other countries will only make the world a more dangerous place.
Max Obuszewski, Baltimore