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DARPA's Autonomous Microdrones Designed to Enter Houses

December 28, 2014 - Nicholas West Activist Post As drone expert, P.W. Singer said about microdrones, "At this point, it doesn't really matter if you are against the technology, because it's coming." According to Singer, "The miniaturization of drones is where it really gets interesting. You can use these things ...

World's First Robot Pilot Ready to Replace Humans

October 23, 2014 - Activist Post As if the use of drones and A.I. autonomous systems aren't controversial enough, now researchers in South Korea claim to have developed a humanoid robot called Pibot that can fly any type of aircraft. As you'll see in the video below, one beneficial real-world example for the use of r ...

What Austerity? Northrop Grumman Wins 350 Million Contract for More Spy Drones

October 4, 2014 - Dees Illustration Activist Post While most of us might not see the benefit of new wars and military action across the planet, or the rise of the surveillance state to track our every move; if you are a defense contractor - times couldn't be better. After struggling with Congress ...

Terminator Robots Becoming a Threat say US Military and United Nations

May 9, 2014 - image: NASA Nicholas West Activist Post Ethics is very often the final concern of science, especially where military endeavors are concerned. Drones and robots are finally becoming front page news after a series of warnings from prominent scientists and researchers who are begin ...

Dragonfly: World's Smallest Autonomous Drone Takes Flight

February 25, 2014 - image source Nicholas West Activist Post The mimicking of nature heralds a new focus in the development of drones.  While DARPA and their contractors have been working on true nano surveillance with biological components, it is the modeling of insects that is currently being ...

South Carolina House Votes to Restrict Drones 100-0

January 24, 2014 - Activist Post The South Carolina state senate this week is considering a bill to virtually ban the use of drones without a warrant. It recently passed the state house unanimously, with a vote of 100-0. Introduced in early 2013 by Reps. Hamilton, Delleney, Taylor, Putnam and Loftis, House bill 35 ...

Black Knight Transformer Drone Makes Its Debut

January 13, 2014 - The AT Black Knight Transformer image: Advanced Tactics Chris Carrington Activist Post Advanced Tactics Inc., a California technology company, has benefited from funding from the Congressional Special Interest Program to enable the development of a transformer-style drone that ca ...

PETA's "Activist" Drones Enabling The Police State

January 4, 2014 - image source John Galt Activist Post First: I entered activism through the lens of animal rights. I believe that all sentient beings deserve the best treatment possible, while I also acknowledge that there is such a thing as the "food chain." I am also a fierce individualist who ...

The FAA Creates Thin Privacy Guidelines For The Nation's First Domestic Drone Test Sites

December 11, 2013 - April Glaser and Jennifer Lynch Electronic Frontier Foundation Commercial unmanned aerial systems are set to start flying over US airspace in 2015. In November the Federal Aviation Administration released its final privacy rules for the six drone “test sites” that the agency will use ...

Delivery Drones to Usher in Economic Transformation

December 2, 2013 - image source Nicholas West Activist Post Yesterday Eric Blair wrote about how autonomous vehicles are set to populate not only roads as self-driven cars, but to take over the entire supply line from manufacture to delivery. The outsourcing of humans to robots continues unabated a ...

CIA Concerned Over Drone Expansion Across the Planet

November 11, 2013 -   Update on the global drone arms race. image source Nicholas West Activist Post It has been predicted that the development of drone surveillance by the U.S. would spark a global race to develop new drone capabilities, leading to a potentially dystopian future of drone ...

World's First Hypersonic Drone in Development

November 3, 2013 - "Speed is the new stealth" image: Lockheed Martin Nicholas West Activist Post While a superficial debate takes place over the scope of drone warfare and surveillance, significant upgrades continue and the drone industry booms. Recently we have seen the Navy successfully test au ...

Lawless Drone Killings

October 25, 2013 - Dees Illustration Stephen Lendman Activist Post Two UN reports highlight the problem. More on them below. Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai is an activist for women's education, a blogger, and Sakharov Prize winner. She's a Pakistan National Youth Peace Prize recipient. She ...

US Drone Strikes Come Under Fire From Int'l Human Rights Organizations

October 23, 2013 - Screenshot: Amnesty International Madison Ruppert Activist Post New reports published by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch sharply criticize the U.S. drone program in Pakistan and Yemen, calling into question the legality of the program and even raising the possibilit ...

Civilian Deaths by US Drone Strikes - Devastating Report

October 23, 2013 - Youtube a new Amnesty International investigation that found, among other points, that at least 19 civilians in the surrounding area of North Waziristan had been killed in just two of the drone attacks since January 2012 — a time when the Obama administration has held that strikes have been i ...

UN report: drone strikes result in more civilian casualties than thought may violate international law

October 19, 2013 - Ben Emmerson U.N. Geneva/Flickr Madison Ruppert Activist Post A new United Nations report states that their investigation has identified 33 drone strikes carried out by the CIA around the world that have resulted in civilian deaths and may have been in violation of internationa ...

Solar Drones to Stay Aloft for Years at a Time

October 18, 2013 - DARPA's Vulture Program Boeing 400-foot prototype Solar Eagle Nicholas West Activist Post Even as the debate intensifies over the scope of drone warfare and surveillance, significant upgrades continue and the drone industry booms. Recently we have seen the Navy successfully tes ...

Add Death by Drone to the NSA's List of Activities

October 17, 2013 - image source Activist Post While the world is rightly concerned about the wholesale dragnet spying of citizens across the planet, another program has emerged which shows how "intelligence" gathered by the National Security Agency (NSA) is being used in a lethal manner. The lat ...

Drone Loans: Customs and Border Protection Records 500 Predator Flights for Other Agencies

September 28, 2013 - image credit: Salon Jennifer Lynch Electronic Frontier Foundation Customs & Border Protection released a new list to EFF this week that details the extensive number of times that the agency has flown its Predator drones on behalf of other agencies—500 flights in total ...

Boeing Turns Old F-16 Fighter Jets Into Drones

September 24, 2013 - Dees Illustration Activist Post As debate continues about increased drone use in theaters of war, the U.S. drone business continues to boom. This has caused a drone arms race that has seen more than 50 other countries begin drone surveillance and weaponization programs. Intern ...

Even Journalism Students Are Learning to Fly Drones in This Country

September 13, 2013 - Melissa Melton Activist Post Drones, drones, drones. As civilian drone use becomes more widespread and normalized, journalism students at the University of Missouri spent part of their spring semester this year learning how to pilot drones. Why, you might ask? Well, sending drones into poten ...

Domestic Drone Industry Booms

August 20, 2013 - Activist Post The drone arms race has gone global. But inside the United States, a study by the Association For Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) showed why drone proliferation continues to ramp up at a nearly exponential rate: it has become one of the fastest growing areas of the U.S ...

Drone Spotting App Humor

July 28, 2013 - Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fst7j_VjPds The new drone spotting app can find even the most rare and exotic drones! Subscribe to JoyCamp's Channel   Via Activist Post

US Justice Department Official: Executive Branch Holds No Accountability to Courts Over Drone Strikes

July 22, 2013 - image source Paul Lawrance Activist Post Judge Rosemary M. Collyer of the United States District Court challenged the Obama administration’s claim that courts have no power over targeted drone killings of American citizens overseas last week during a hearing where the gove ...

Self-Assembling Autonomous Drones Launched

July 22, 2013 - image source Nicholas West Activist Post The use of drones is finally well out into the open. Some aspects of drones are still seen as fringe, however. The idea of autonomous drones is one area that still hasn't emerged into mainstream media. So, as the debate still rests upon w ...

Update: FAA Responds To Drone Hunting: Could Result in Criminal or Civil Liability

July 22, 2013 - Mac Slavo Activist Post In response to overwhelming public support for a new ordinance in the small Colorado town of Deer Trail, which would issue hunting licenses and bounties for shooting down unmanned aerial vehicles, the Federal Aviation Administration has warned that penalties for those who ...

What If A Drone Killed YOUR Grandson

July 19, 2013 - Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NAVrjy2Mww Subscribe to the Young Turks Channel

Navy Successfully Tests Autonomous Drone Landings

July 12, 2013 - Nicholas West Activist Post "History" was made in mid-May as Northrop Grumman's X-47B unmanned drone made its first launch at sea from the U.S.S. George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. While the Navy says it wasn't intended for the immediate war environment, it was heralded by the commander of the Nav ...

Weaponized Drones on American Soil

July 9, 2013 - image source Nicholas West Activist Post People were shocked in 2007 when Texas news KPRC revealed that local police were conducting drone tests on American soil. Some cried "conspiracy theory" even as further revelations quickly showed that a full program had been est ...

Study: Afghan drone strikes resulted in 10 times more civilian casualties than manned air strikes

July 3, 2013 - photo credit: Steve Rhodes/Flickr Madison Ruppert Activist Post A new study conducted by a U.S. military adviser examining a year of drone strikes in Afghanistan has determined that drone strikes resulted in 10 times more civilian casualties than strikes carried out by manned a ...

Will the US Govt Target Whistleblowers With Drones

June 22, 2013 - Yes, things have come this far. There is open talk of killing NSA leaker Edward Snowden via a drone strike. Aaron Dykes and Melissa Melton Activist Post Remember that saying “Don’t kill the messenger?” This is the ultimate form of doing just that. There is open talk in the ...

Why Wont The FBI Tell the Public About its Drone Program

June 21, 2013 - Jennifer Lynch EFF Today we’re publishing—for the first time—the FBI’s drone licenses and supporting records for the last several years. Unfortunately, to say that the FBI has been less than forthcoming with these records would be a gross understatement. Just yesterday, ...

Department of Justice: drone strikes on American citizens are legal because Obama and Holder said so

June 8, 2013 - "Where law ends tyranny begins" seen on the Justice Dept. building, D.C. photo credit: joewcampbell/Flickr Madison Ruppert Activist Post In a court filing this week, Justice Department lawyers claimed that the Obama administration’s drone strikes that have admittedly kil ...

Drone reportedly kills top Pakistani Taliban figure as Pakistanis continue to decry drone program

May 29, 2013 - image source: State Department Madison Ruppert Activist Post According to Pakistani officials and militants, a leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a drone strike on Wednesday while the people of Pakistan continue to decry the U.S. drone program. Despite President Oba ...

Database Your Face: Drones to Employ Facial Recognition Ending Anonymity

May 28, 2013 - Nicholas West Activist Post In a matter of just a few years, we have gone from drones in American skies being a conspiracy theory, to drones being openly debated by Congress for full deployment over the U.S. by 2015. However, you know things have gone to a new level when establishment media begi ...

Rand Paul Still Seeking Due Process Answers for Drone Strikes

May 27, 2013 - Activist Post This week the Department of Justice finally admitted that the U.S. has indeed killed American citizens with drones. President Obama followed up this admission with a "war on terror" policy speech. Although Obama spoke of a less aggressive stance on drones, the administration main ...

Robo Raven: New 3D-Printed Drone Mimics Nature

May 17, 2013 - Nicholas West Activist Post The march toward developing drones that mimic nature continues unabated. Robobee has received a lot of attention lately for taking flight as a possible replacement pollinator for the declining natural bee population, while also offering the dual-use swarm surveillance a ...

Robobee: The Tiny Insect Sized Robot Drone

May 3, 2013 - Those large drones may not be our biggest enemy in the future when the world starts to learn about tiny insect sized flying robots. Remember to squint when you look to the sky in the future, the drone may be closer then you think! Researchers at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (S ...

Drones for Dollars - What Some States Are Really Thinking!

May 2, 2013 - With Drone estimates ranging from 5,000 to 30,000 by the year 2020 flying over our skies, what is the major driving force that has states signing up to be test sites? Money! It is no mystery most people are nervous about drones patrolling our skies, even our state politicians and government offic ...

Mosquito Drones - The Future Of Surveillance!

April 19, 2013 - What will mosquito drones look like in the future? Much research has been put into the MAV area of Surveillance. Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/036389_spy_drones_researchers_science_fiction.html http://cleantechnica.com/2012/02/07/johns-hopkins-researchers-develop-mav-the-size-of-a-bug/ http ...

Remote Control Drones - Getting 'Em Started Young

April 19, 2013 - When little Johnny first learned about Drones...

Your Friendly Neighborhood Drone Is Watching You

April 19, 2013 - There is a lot of $$$ to be made surveilling the American public! The mainstream Media Spin made everyone believe that all this drone technology was for overseas use only. Fool Me Once! Sources: 64 Drone bases in the US: http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012/06/64-drone-bases-on-us-soil/ 30,000 d ...
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