Caption: Bill Roggio in his April 2012 interview on Military Drone Use aired on C-SPAN Washington Journal explains why the US has expanded authority and adopted the use of “signature strikes”. Roggio informs his audience by including drone statistics, official statements, and from work his news journal, the Long War. His purpose is to abate growing fears of drone activity and expansion in order to offer a clearer public understanding of a complicated and intricate military initiative. He establishes a concerned relationship with his audience of politically involved viewers that are worried about military action and may not fully understand how drones work are and what drones may mean for national security.
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On the impact of science fiction, P.W Singer the author of Wired for War and military analyst says, “It is important that people realize that this (science fiction) is not just popular culture, but there is a productive aspect – an ability to give understanding of how the world works.” Comic book heroes are an American staple. Characters are often marred in conflict and the mission is essential homeland security. Serve and protect the unsuspecting townspeople from terrors unimaginable. Yet there are some characters that play a more volatile role in society. Vigilante. A masked crusader that does the work that no one else can do clandestine and shrouded in secrecy. Have Unmanned weapons become such masked vigilantes? Are drones such vigilantes, as they fly silent over terrorist’s heads and strike before the terrorists do all in the name of our safety? Perhaps Two-Face from Batman : The Dark Knight best captured this moral question, “Your either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”