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Counting Drone Strike Deaths
Columbia Law School, Human Rights Clinic
Read full report (PDF 36 Pages) Phi Beta Iota: At a unit cost of $36.8 million (but with a total program cost of $11.8 billion), one has to question the true cost and practical return on investment of this program, never mind the cultural, ideological, political, and social costs. Assuming a $10 billion total cost (actually must more across different programs and supporting agencies), with 1,000 “valid” targets (never mind collateral damage or the probability that fewer than a 100 were worthy of bullet but not a Hellfire), that comes to . While significantly better than the $50 million cost per individual Taliban body, the disconnect between means, ways, and ends is provocative of reflection. $10 million cost per individual human target See Also: Berto Jongman: Variations on a Theme – CIA Drones and Suicide Bombs Chuck Spinney: Drones — Of Idiots, By Idiots, For Idiots + Meta-RECAP Chuck Spinney: Myth of Precision-Guided Coercion Chuck Spinney: Real Cost vs Real Value of Drones? + RECAP CIA Further Out of Control–New Persian “Base” David Isenberg: NSA Ubber Alles, Drones in the Toilet David Swanson: Lies and Consequences Across 15 Wars DefDog: CIA Decides Who to Blow Up – Without Having Any Idea Who They Are… DefDog: Drones Kill US Forces – Once Again, BAD IDEA DefDog: Iran Hijacks US Drone Shows Film + RECAP DefDog: Living Under Drones – Outcomes in Pakistan DefDog: Mystery Drone in Pakistan–And No HUMINT Defense Science Board to DoD: Get Brain + RECAP Dolphin: Their Drones, Our Drones, and EMP Rays Drones Everywhere, Some Tiny, None Smart Event: 28-29 Apr Washington DC International Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control G.I. Wilson: Killer Drones, Moral Disengagement, + War Crimes RECAP John Robb: Automation of Censorship and Extra-Judicial Assassination John Robb: Drone Diplomacy – Comply or Die + Meta RECAP John Robb: Micro Drones Threaten US Citizens at Home John Robb: Worms, Drones, SuperBugs, & Plagues – The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Josh Kilbourn: Pakistan Condemns 245 US Drone Attacks Journal: AF BODY COUNT–$50 Million Per Body Journal: Drones of War Journal: Dumbest Weapons Money Can Buy… Journal: Legality of US Drones as Killing Machines . . . Journal: The Legal And Moral Issues Of Drone Use Marcus Aurelius: CIA Counter-Terror Drone Boss – Cognitive Dissonance in Spades + RECAP Marcus Aurelius: CIA Scrambles to Rush Spies and Drones to Libya – Makes Budget Increase Play on the Side Marcus Aurelius: Obama, CIA, Murder by Drone… Mini-Me: Assassination – Made in America – At What Cost? Impeachable Treason. Mini-Me: Assassination Nation – How Others See the USA…. Mini-Me: End of the Delusional UAV Era NIGHTWATCH: Everyone Has Drones Now — And Drone Counter-Measures Owl: 63 Drone Launch Sites Across the USA Pakistan Demarche to CIA, Envoy Leaves Early Patrick Meier: Drones for Non-Violent Resistance Paul Craig Roberts: Washington Leads World Into Lawlessness Reference: Gorgon Stare–USAF Goes Nuts (Again) Steven Aftergood: Secret Systems Cluttering the Electromagnetic Spectrum The Drone Wars The Year of the Drone: Map & Analysis of U.S. Drone Strikes in Pakistan, 2004-2010 USAF–From Gorgon Stare to Micro-Drone Puff USA Spectrum Out of Control & Self-Destructing Winslow Wheeler: Common Defense Quarterly Article on Drones Winslow Wheeler: Drones Dead on Arrival