Drones: Rights and Chicano Communities

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The ethical question of drones has caused more controversy than Madonna kissing Britney Spears. So, what are these “drones” anyways? A drone is commonly known as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it is aircraft that lacks a human pilot on board and it is loaded with deadly weapons. There are many people who strongly support the practice of drones because they provide “security”. Because drones are equipped with facial recognition, the procedure in finding “criminals” will be much easier than before. However, there are also many people who wish to abolish the practice of drones because they would much rather keep their privacy instead of security. Which is understandable, since it violates the Fourth Amendment—which states that, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized”. Although I do see both sides to the situation, I generally believe drones will not give us the security we desire, nor will they make the United States a safer or better place. For example, London has been under surveillance for a couple of years now, but that has not been enough to stop crime there. The idea of being watched by aircraft that has no pilot is terrifying. Therefore, I do not believe we should live in a world where technology has the upper hand on us because it is unethical, it is a violation of our human/international rights and finally, drones are an invasion of our privacy.

Since the beginning of time, humans have been known for creating new technology every day. Just how advanced should technology be in order to be “too much”? The Twenty-First century, has been one of the most advanced centuries in technology. Such advances include Smartphones, Hybrid cars and even birth control. However, one of these advances just does not seem to benefit mankind. The idea that humans will slowly evolve into machine-like people is absurd. The real idea here is that machines are becoming more human-like. Despite the possibility of that being true, machines such as drones are becoming human-like because they are completely independent. However, they do not have the ability to “judge” or “trust” like a human does. They are not human, they do not have personalities. They are programmed to search and destroy. For example, if there is a man that weighs 205 lbs., stands at 6’1, wearing a red sweater and you happen to fit the description—a drone might happen to kill you simply because you resembled the criminal’s appearance. A drone will not stop to question your innocence, it will assume you are the guilty one and call it a day. Many Chicano’s, for example, have been victims of this discrimination as soon as they walk into a store because they are presumed to be thieves, gang affiliated or disruptive just because they are of the Hispanic descent. Since they “appear” to be bad people, store owners will manage to keep their eyes on them at all times even if they are doing nothing more than buying formula for their newborn baby. I feel the Chicano communities deserve more than what they get. If money is being on spent on Chicano’s to be haunted down by a drone, our governments logic is irrational. Money should not be spent on a machine that will capture and/or kill the wrong person. That is a form of murder, which is illegal. So why does the government still allow themselves to spend $28 million, at the least on a machine who is able to murder instead of protect? $28 million can make a huge change in our world. Chicano communities that reside in the eastern and southern areas of Los Angeles as well as the San Fernando Valley could really benefit from $28 million to provide better education to kids, as well as better hospitals. Instead, the government neglects these Chicano...
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