As I reported in December 2011 drones were high on the NZ Military wish list and recently they got their wish. Sort of.
Now it turns out drones owned by AUT University could and trust me they will be used to monitor the Maui Dolphin and vulnerable land based critters. Before you go oh, that’s all right they need to be monitored and maybe we can save them from extinction that way here are a few pointers that might make you go; Hmmm, maybe not!
While the US army trains their drone operators by following civilian cars on US highways we are desensitised to the arrival of drones with the announcement that the NZ Army gets their wet dream fulfilled. Maybe not with Predator drones just yet but rest assured they will follow
NZCF Kerikeri Unit Commander Mita Harris said the Green Unit was offering especially interesting training this year. Why is the NZ army “inviting” youngsters (from a primarily poor Maori region) for an especially interesting training. Could it be because the Australian army needs a couple more muppets to die in the banking empire’s illegal wars? […]
If war becomes unreal to the citizens of modern democracies, will they care enough to restrain and control the violence exercised in their name? Will they do so, if they and their sons and daughters are spared the hazards of combat? – Michael Ignatieff, Virtual War (2000) Remember the drones on the wish list of […]
Why were we in Afghanistan again? Porak, Afghanistan – After a gang of thieves had continually terrorised an Afghan neighbourhood near here months ago, locals decided they’d had enough. “We complained several times to the government and even showed them where the thieves lived,” says Ahmad, who goes by one name. But the bandits continued […]