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Interview: James Bridle

<i>Credit: James Bridle</i><p>James Bridle is the creator of bold artistic interventions into the contemporary drone debate. He is perhaps best known for his …

Drones

UPDATE 1-EXCLUSIVE-Russia steps up military lifeline to Syria's Assad -sources | Reuters

* Several sources report deliveries of weapons, equipment since December<p>* Dozens of Russian transport planes bringing equipment -source<p>* Russian spy drones help Assad to track and attack rebels -sources (Adds U.S. comment in paragraphs 10 and 11)<p>By Jonathan Saul<p>LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - In recent …

Lawmakers seek to stymie plan to shift control of drone campaign from CIA to Pentagon

Congress has moved to block President Obama’s plan to shift control of the U.S. drone campaign from the CIA to the Defense Department, inserting a secret provision in the massive government spending bill introduced this week that would preserve the spy agency’s role in lethal counterterrorism …

McCain responds angrily to report on drones

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sharply criticized congressional appropriators Thursday for secretly slipping language into the omnibus spending bill that preserves the CIA’s role in lethal counterterrorism operations.<p>McCain was responding to a report in Thursday's Washington Post that revealed that …

Senate Commerce Committee Hearing Explores Drone Use Privacy Concerns

Jan. 16 --The expanding use of unmanned aircraft, or drones, for government and business purposes raises privacy concerns, witnesses said at a Jan. …

Surveillance

Customs & Border Protection Loaned Predator Drones to Other Agencies 700 Times in Three Years According to “Newly Discovered” Records

First UK legal challenge to CIA drones blocked by Court of Appeal

An unprecedented attempt to discover if UK officials are complicit in CIA drone strikes in Pakistan has been stopped by the Court of Appeal.<p>The court …

North Dakota Man Sentenced to Jail In Controversial Drone-Arrest Case | US News

(Lake Region Law Enforcement Center)<p>The first American man arrested with the help of a Predator drone has also become the first man who will go to …

TimesLIVE

U.N. surveillance drone in Congo crashes: sources | Reuters

KINSHASA (Reuters) - An unmanned aircraft used by U.N. peacekeepers in Democratic Republic of Congo crashed on Wednesday near the eastern town of Goma, sources at the airport and interior ministry said.<p>The United Nations force started using drones - a first for the world body - last month to help …

Before Drone Cameras: Kite Cameras!

These days, getting an aerial shot is as simple (although maybe illegal) as strapping a camera to a drone. Back in the day, though, it wasn't so easy.<p>George R. Lawrence, a commercial photographer at the turn of the last century, was known to tinker. (His Chicago studio advertised "The hitherto …

On the Front Lines of the Home Front: The Intersection of Domestic Counterterrorism Operations and Drone Legislation by Dawn Zoldi

Abstract<p>Imagine that the United States (U.S.) has again been attacked by terrorists and this time, the government’s counterterrorism (CT) response …

Surveillance

Dianne Feinstein and the Pink Drone, or Was It?

The Democrat had Washington rapt with her tale of being spied on at home—by what might have been a kids’ toy. Code Pink’s chief says ‘mission …

For More Than War: Airware Demos Its Drone Platform By Protecting Rhinos From Poachers

Airware wants to prove drones have plenty of uses beyond killing people. Today the unmanned aerial vehicle hardware/software/firmware startup detailed how it’s built and deployed special drones to thwart animal poachers in Kenya, Africa. The demo could build interest for the launch of Airware’s …

The Future of War (IV): What should replace the current authorization of force?

<b>By the Future of War</b> <b>team, New America Foundation</b><b><br>Best Defense office of the future</b><p>A pivot point for serious consideration of some of the issues …

Journalism Professor Says FAA Drone Rules Hurt Reporting

The Senate Commerce Committee will hear testimony on the commercial use of drones today.<p>One topic of discussion will be how the FAA should regulate …

Downed American drones paraded in China…

Back in December, 2011 Iran captured a U.S.-built RQ-170 drone. As it turns out, “The Beast of Kandahar” was not piloted by the U.S. Air Force–it was …

Drones and Apaches Are the Army’s New Aerial Scouts—And Not Everyone Is Thrilled

Popular Kiowa Warrior copters axed in favor of robots and upgraded AH-64s<p>Task Force Rock was surrounded on all sides. It was a cool day in mid-March …

US investigates Yemenis' charge that drone strike 'turned wedding into a funeral'

The Obama administration has launched an internal investigation into a Dec. 12 drone strike in Yemen that targeted an al Qaeda militant but which local villagers say ended up hitting a wedding party, killing 12 and injuring 14 others, U.S. officials tell NBC News.<p>NBC News has obtained exclusive …

Russian Regions to Get Their Own Drones

Every region within Russia will have its own drones department to conduct rescue operations, the Emergency Situations Minister said Monday.<p>"Special …

Russia

Russia's Olympic security to set new surveillance standard at Sochi

Includes monitoring of communication, background checks, even drones<p>When Canadian government officials visited St. Petersburg last year for the G20, …

UAS Safety

News Search<p><b>January 13, 2014</b> –Today’s “model” aircraft are different from what many of us remember from our childhood. Back then, model aircraft were …

Model Aircraft

First French Reapers delivered to Niger

France’s first two of twelve MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been delivered to Niamey, Niger, where they are being used to support …

Africa