Feb 26, 2015

Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

Australia is moving from surveillance drones to armed drones. But given the US' record of using drones in countries without authorisiation (and given Abbott's penchant for "captain's calls"), are Australian armed drones a good idea?

Paul Millar

Freelance journalist

Australia has decided to follow the United States down the path of armed drones, capable of killing people across the world at the touch of a button.

Royal Australian Air Force aircrew have begun training in the use of armed unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the US, the Department of Defence announced this week.

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5 thoughts on “Death from above: Australia gets in on the drone strike game

  1. Luke Hellboy

    Drone strikes – one of al Qaeda’s greatest recruitment tools.

  2. Simon Mansfield

    Drones are essentially as ancient as the first spear though some would argue the boomerang was the first UAV as it was designed to return to sender.

  3. GideonPolya

    The article misses the Elephant in the Room reality that, as reported by Australian Mainstream media in extraordinary fits of truth-telling, serial war criminal and serial invader Australia through its joint US-Australia Pine Gap spying facility is deeply involved in targeting deadly, illegal and war criminal US drone strikes in a swathe of Muslim countries from Africa to South Asia, including Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan e.g. see
    Phillip Dorling, “Pine Gap drives US drone kills”, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 July 2013: ;
    Mark Corcoran , “Drone strikes based on work at Pine Gap could see Australians charged, Malcolm Fraser”, ABC News, 29 April 2014: ; and
    Michael Isikoff, “White House exempts Syria airstrikes from tight standards on civilian deaths:, Yahoo News, 30 September 2014: .

    Indeed Australia, which has invaded 85 countries, has just started its Seventh Iraq War, this involving RAAF bombing, ADF “military advisers” and Australia-targetted US drone strikes (Australia’s First Iraq War was in 1915-1918 and involved the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), the precursor of the RAAF; see Gideon Polya, “As UK Lackeys Or US Lackeys Australians Have Invaded 85 Countries (British 193, French 80, US 70)”, Countercurrents, 9 February 2015:

    The US, UK and Apartheid Israel are the only countries (so far) to have used drones to kill people but while data from Pine Gap is initially shared only with the “5 eyes” (US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand), the US shares Australian intelligence data with Apartheid Israel (see Phillip Dorling, “ US shares raw intelligence on Australians with Israel ”, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 September 2013: and Gideon Polya, “50 Ways Australian Intelligence Spies On Australia And The World For UK , Israeli And US State Terrorism”, Countercurrents, 11 December, 2013: ).

    To US state terrorism, UK state terrorism, French state terrorism, Canadian state terrorism, German state terrorism, Israeli state terrorism and Muslim-origin non-state terrorism we must now add Australian state terrorism that, as part of the US Alliance, is far deadlier than non-state terrorism (12 million Muslim deaths from violence or violently -imposed deprivation in the post-1990 US war on Muslims; see “Muslim Holocaust Muslim Genocide”; ).

  4. Gavin Moodie

    I wish authors and editors would eschew the sexist ‘unmanned’.

  5. Glen

    It looks rather like the RAAF may have been playing with this new toy for some time. Never mind the terrorists, what about the flying public:

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