Week 7: Military Drones and Remote Sensing – “The All-Seeing Eye”

Remote Sensing is the science of acquiring information of an object without making contact with it. It is a type of sensing that can be photographic or using some other form of sensory contact without actually making contact with the object. It is also known as “seeing without being seen” or “being seen from above.” The person guiding the object is known as the omniscient object, or observer of the “real” and the “true” of what was formerly invisible. Donna Haraway described this phenomenon as part of a tradition called “the God Trick,” in which disembodied vision becomes the paradigm of scientific knowledge exercised by the military and political state.

Immediately during lecture, I thought about drones before it was discussed in class. There is a range of military to industrial to critical and artistic practices that involve the use and means of drones. It has to do with the idea of not just exercising the objectivity of the God Trick, but also engaging in asking interesting questions about relationally between the camera eye and the human body, as well as just general privacy.

Many people believe that drones are used in the U.S. for surveillance, and it causes some to become paranoid of an extension of the government’s eye. But the government claims that the drones are used for military purposes and are used in situations where manned flight is too risky or difficult for military personnel.

Drones are not only used for surveillance, but they are also used for precision strikes without the need for more intrusive military action. They cause much controversy, such as the strikes causing the death of civilians as well as militants in Pakistan.

In this video, colored footage is shown for Iraqi drones shooting down a congregation of buildings, claimed to be ISIS terrorists in Tikirt, Iraq.

Some argue that the use of drones is better for making attacks on enemies because troops are kept safer, but others argue for the death of innocent civilians and even fellow military members.

– Rasmikah Al-arfaj




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