Drone Casualties Piling Up Fast

An Inside Out portrait that delivers a message to drone operators
ted.com-jr_kpk_full‘This portrait of a girl tells a story larger than the massive piece of vinyl it is printed on. Unfurled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan, “#NotABugSplat” was created by a collection of artists and activists, using TED Prize winner JR’s Inside Out campaign, to send a message to drone operators, who reportedly call their kills “bug splats” because they appear small and grainy on screen. The idea is to “create empathy and introspection amongst drone operators,” explains the project website…’

Below, an image JR posted about this Inside Out project via Instagram

‘As pointed out by The Verge, the people killed by drones are viewed within military culture as nothing more than insects:

In military parlance, a “bugsplat” is the targeted kill in a drone strike, though that term and the practice have come under fire for dehumanizing the surrounding, often unseen deaths involved.

‘The continuing impact of unmanned drones across the target countries of the U.S. has inspired many short videos that attempt to personalize the death and destruction that has been wrought. One of the most poignant is titled “Living Under Drones.” This 7-minute video can be seen here.

‘Another short video which really captures the general lack of compassion and disconnect that drones inspire can be seen in the montage below where the drone chief himself, Barack Obama, laughs it up about the use of predator drones. As his little inside joke is juxtaposed with the heart-breaking reality of the innocents killed by actions Obama has commanded, it further highlights the ruthlessness of remote control death and destruction, as well as the personalities of those in power…’

As if military drone casualties are not enough
Drone crashes into woman
Operator blames ‘hacker’ and victim
‘A triathlete in Australia sustained a laceration and “the ambulance crew took a piece of propeller from (her) head” after a drone filming the competition crashed into her.  The operator’s excuse is straight out of the celebrity tweet-storm handbook: Someone, he claims, allegedly hacked into his control system and sent the craft careening to the ground. (Yes, it’s conceivable; no, I don’t believe it.)

‘Literally adding insult to injury, the operator denies that the drone actually hit the woman – propeller shard be damned – insisting instead that it fell harmlessly behind her and that her injuries were the result of her being startled and falling (as if that would mitigate anything)…’
From an Australian press report


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