The documentary is about the covert CIA drone war. Through voices on both sides of this new technology, the film reveals crucial information about the drone war in Pakistan and offers unique insights into the nature of drone warfare.
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The documentary follows people on both sides of the drone technology. The unique access to drone victims in Waziristan is juxtaposed to drone pilots who struggle to come to terms with the new warfare. The film covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of "going to war", to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret "green light" to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice. Written by
My students just finished reading Orwell's 1984, and I always require them to write a documented research essay afterwards which compares Orwell to our modern world. This documentary demonstrates clearly how nations have a continuous, unending pursuit towards weapons development and more destructive technological armaments.
The movie also touches on the connections to Stanley Milgram's obedience experiments of 1961, which, of course, is very fitting.
One moment of the documentary that has me especially incredulous, however, is when a drone manufacturer, Andy Von Flotow, attempts to play off his innocent intent to create drones for the sole purpose of helping tuna fisherman catch more tuna. He claims he could not sell a single one, but fortunately for him the military purchased thousands of his drones after 9/11. No business man is going to invest hours and tens of thousands of dollars into a product unless he is certain he has a buyer. This guy must think the world is full of idiots.
I strongly recommend this educational military documentary.
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