Artykuł jest długi, ale b. polecam. Można powiedzieć, że o etyce
zabijania traktuje, choć to brzmi kuriozalnie.
Czyli-jak służby specjalne posługują się dronami do zabójstw
konkretnych osób i jakie z tymi metodami wiążą się konsekwencje w
pierwszym rzędzie moralne, ale także polityczne, strategiczne...Jak
daleko można się posunąć w tzw. słusznej sprawie. Poruszająca rzecz.
"On August 5th, officials at the Central Intelligence Agency, in
Langley, Virginia, watched a live video feed relaying closeup
footage of one of the most wanted terrorists in Pakistan. Baitullah
Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, could be seen
reclining on the rooftop of his father-in-law’s house, in Zanghara,
a hamlet in South Waziristan. It was a hot summer night, and he was
joined outside by his wife and his uncle, a medic; at one point, the
remarkably crisp images showed that Mehsud, who suffered from
diabetes and a kidney ailment, was receiving an intravenous drip.
The video was being captured by the infrared camera of a Predator
drone, a remotely controlled, unmanned plane that had been hovering,
undetected, two miles or so above the house. Pakistan’s Interior
Minister, A. Rehman Malik, told me recently that Mehsud was resting
on his back. Malik, using his hands to make a picture frame,
explained that the Predator’s targeters could see Mehsud’s entire
body, not just the top of his head. “It was a perfect picture,”
Malik, who watched the videotape later, said. “We used to see James
Bond movies where he talked into his shoe or his watch. We thought
it was a fairy tale. But this was fact!” The image remained just as
stable when the C.I.A. remotely launched two Hellfire missiles from
the Predator. Authorities watched the fiery blast in real time.
After the dust cloud dissipated, all that remained of Mehsud was a
detached torso. Eleven others died: his wife, his father-in-law, his
mother-in-law, a lieutenant, and seven bodyguards.
Pakistan’s government considered Mehsud its top enemy, holding him
responsible for the vast majority of recent terrorist attacks inside
the country, including the assassination of former Prime Minister
Benazir Bhutto, in December, 2007, and the bombing, last September,
of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad, which killed more than fifty
people. Mehsud was also thought to have helped his Afghan
confederates attack American and coalition troops across the border.
Roger Cressey, a former counterterrorism official on the National
Security Council, who is now a partner at Good Harbor, a consulting
firm, told me, “Mehsud was someone both we and Pakistan were happy
to see go up in smoke.” Indeed, there was no controversy when, a few
days after the missile strike, CNN reported that President Barack
Obama had authorized it."
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