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  • Islamic State Planning to Use Drones to Attack Israel

    08/25/2014 9:03:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    inn ^ | 8/25/14 | Dalit Halevi
    A member of the Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS) has threatened that the organization would soon use unmanned drones to attack Israel. The IS member, a Canadian who left his country to fight alongside the IS in the areas of Iraq and Syria it declared to be an Islamic Caliphate, claimed on Twitter that the group was developing these drones and that they would be unveiled in the near future. He further said that engineers who studied in the West are working on the drones. IS, he wrote, is expected to make use of these drones to attack...
  • US drones strike Iraq militant mortar team

    08/16/2014 6:08:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Gulf News ^ | August 12, 2014 | AFP
    US drones fired on an Islamic extremist mortar position in northern Iraq on Tuesday to protect Kurdish forces battling to rescue a group of Yazidi civilian refugees, the military said. The so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), the region's most powerful Sunni jihadist group, has driven thousands of members of the Yazidi minority from their homes and is besieging the refugees on an exposed mountain. Last week, the United States launched an air campaign to break the siege of Mount Sinjar, bring humanitarian relief to the Yazidis and support Kurdish troops protecting their capital Arbil. "US military...
  • Mindless Drones

    08/13/2014 8:01:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 13, 2014 | John Stossel
    Drones -- unmanned flying machines -- will soon fill our skies. They conjure up fears, especially among some of my fellow libertarians, of spying and death from above. These fears aren't groundless. President Bush approved the use of armed drones against suspected terrorists overseas, and President Obama vastly increased their use. Drones have killed thousands of people in places such as Pakistan and Yemen, countries against which we have not declared war. Drones keep getting more sophisticated. The Air Force is now developing what it calls MAVs, Micro Air Vehicles, tiny drones that can quietly search for an individual terrorist...
  • #ISIS Hashtag Triggers #ObamaForeignPolicyInThreeWords Contest

    08/09/2014 5:46:02 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 31 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 8-9-2014 | MOTUS
    Uh oh. Looks like ISIS is taunting Big Guy: “I say to America, that the Islamic Caliphate has been established, and we will not stop,” Abu Mosa told Vice. “Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.”“We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House,” he continued. That’s not smart, I guess they don’t know how truly thin-skinned he is. And how much he hates it when his vacation is interrupted.So watch out ISIS, Big Guy is keeping his eye...
  • Obama is a ‘War Criminal’ For Supporting Israel’s Treatment of Palestinians – Cornel West

    08/06/2014 1:53:06 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    Russia Today ^ | August 6, 2014 | Staff
    Professor and political activist Cornel West declared President Barack Obama a “war criminal,” arguing that his support of Israel and his drone policy make him complicit in the deaths of innocent people. The controversial activist made the comments at a pro-Palestinian rally in Washington, DC on Saturday, according to Talking Points Memo. West began his speech by pointing to the deteriorating situation in Gaza, where more than 1,800 Palestinians and more than 60 Israelis have been killed, criticizing Israel’s offensive in the region in front of a “Free Palestine” banner. His comments regarding President Obama begin at around the three-minute...
  • Schumer Calls for Drone Regulation

    08/03/2014 9:52:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NY1 News ^ | August 3, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Senator Charles Schumer is calling for tighter federal regulations on drones. Schumer says he wants the Federal Aviation Administration and the Commerce Department to put several regulations into effect by the end of the year. He says small remote controlled aircraft have become hazardous in New York after a court decision to limit the federal government's ability to regulate them. The senator says private drones have benefits, but sometimes interfere with other aircraft and can be used to spy on people or deliver illegal drugs. Schumer says the FAA should consider several rules including a ban on drone usage by...
  • 20 minutes after launch, hobbyist’s drone finds man missing for 3 days

    07/31/2014 8:29:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 41 replies
    Electronic Products ^ | 07/25/2014 | Jeffrey Bausch
    Model aircraft able to do what dogs, volunteers, and helicopters could not After authorities spent three days searching for a missing, elderly man in Wisconsin, a hobbyist launched his personal drone in a volunteer search effort and was able to locate the lost individual 20 minutes post launch. During the initial search phase, authorities used dogs, helicopters, and employed local volunteers to comb the Fitchburg countryside in search of Guillermo DeVenecia, an 82-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s. David Lesh, a drone enthusiast who uses his personal model aircraft to make videos for his skiing and snowboarding business, was in town...
  • Peru: Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Astronomy Lab In Peruvian Ruins

    07/27/2014 6:49:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies
    IBTimes ^ | 7-26-14 | Kathleen Caulderwood
    Archeologists have stumbled upon a site where ancient people observed the stars thousands of years ago in Peru, a country famous for using drones to help uncover and map archeological treasures, as Reuters reported. Excavators working on a complex at Licurnique, in the country’s northern region, have uncovered evidence of an “astronomical laboratory,” that dates back between 3,500 and 4,000 years, according to Peru This Week.
  • Who owns airspace above your property?

    07/16/2014 5:46:17 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 31 replies
    7-16-14 | Me
    With all the talk about PODs (personally owned drones) that could fly over your fence and peek into your pool or hover above your property, I was wondering if it could be SHOT down?? Is there an expectation of airspace owner ship / privacy immediately over your property? How far AGL (above ground level)is NOT FAA jurisdiction?I believe that this will be the next step into property rights intrusion.
  • Private eyes use drones to nab scammers and cheating spouses

    07/13/2014 10:15:10 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | 7/13/2014 | New York Post
    They’re private eyes in the skies. Investigators are taking drones to new heights — using the remote-controlled aircraft to catch New Yorkers cheating on spouses, lying about disabilities and endangering their kids. “People want you to believe there’s all this negativity associated with drones . . . but they could be a very helpful tool,” said Olwyn Triggs, a gumshoe for 23 years and president of Professional Investigators Network Inc. in Glen Cove, LI. Triggs recently used a drone to find an upstate man suspected of insurance fraud. Signs on his rural property warned that trespassers would be shot, so she sent...
  • Iran reportedly sent military advisers, head of Quds Force to Iraq

    06/27/2014 3:11:44 PM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/26/2014 | Justin Fishel
    Iran reportedly has sent military advisers into Iraq and dispatched the head of its infamous Quds Force to help Baghdad strategize in its fight against Sunni militants, as the United States takes similar steps despite concern about Tehran's involvement.... Fox News confirms that Iran is flying surveillance drones over Iraq, something the U.S. also is doing. The New York Times reported that Iran, in addition, is sending tons of military equipment to the fellow Shiite-led government in Iraq and is dispatching military advisers. According to the Times, about a dozen officers from Iran's Quds Force have been sent into the...
  • Pentagon: Armed drones guard US interests in Iraq

    06/27/2014 2:46:45 PM PDT · by don-o · 2 replies
    AP - via Yahoo ^ | June 27, 2014 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. has armed drones flying over Baghdad to protect U.S. troops that recently arrived to assess Iraq's deteriorating security, the Pentagon said Friday. The military for more than a week has been flying manned and unmanned aircraft over Iraq, averaging a few dozen sorties daily for reconnaissance.
  • National Park Service plans to ban drones over 84 million acres

    06/24/2014 7:31:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 20, 2014 | Staff
    The National Park Service on Friday announced it was moving to ban drones on all its lands.. The move comes amid growing concern about hobbyists using drones to create dramatic videos. The ban would cover more than 84 million acres of public land. The director of the parks service cited safety concerns as well as potential harm to wildlife. "Imagine you're a big wall climber in Yosemite working on a four-day climb up El Capitan, and you're hanging off a bulb, ready to make a [difficult] move, and an unmanned aircraft flies up beside you and is hovering a few...
  • U.S. Can Kill Citizens Abroad Under Certain Circumstances, Memo Says

    06/23/2014 10:35:11 AM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | 06/23/2014 | Devlin Barrett
    The U.S. government can kill an American citizen abroad if that person is plotting to attack Americans and U.S. authorities can't apprehend them, according to a newly declassified government memo. The document laid out the legal rationale for a drone-missile strike that killed terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011. The 2010 memo, which a court released Monday, has been at the heart of a debate about the legality of the U.S. government ordering deadly force from a drone against a U.S. citizen overseas. The strike...
  • Swanky California hotel uses drone delivery service

    06/22/2014 7:48:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    KXAN-TV / CNN ^ | June 20, 2014 | Gabe Slate
    SAUSALITO, Calif. (CNN/KRON) — A swanky California hotel is offering decadent, high-tech accommodation in the hopes of luring high-end guests. That includes a unique way of delivering room service, via a drone. You can see in the video that the drone is holding two bottles of champagne — on their way to guests. It’s a flying bell hop. “I think we’re going to set ourselves apart,” said hotel manager Sieste Nabben. Nabben is the general manager of Casa Madrona, the hotel and spa that is offering the drone delivery service. They are located in Downtown Sausalito, right off the water....
  • When drones fall from the sky

    06/20/2014 4:46:39 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 7 replies
    WP ^ | June 20, 2014 | Craig Whitlock
    More than 400 large U.S. military drones have crashed in major accidents around the world since 2001, a record of calamity that exposes the potential dangers of throwing open American skies to drone traffic, according to a year-long Washington Post investigation. Since the outbreak of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, military drones have malfunctioned in myriad ways, plummeting from the sky because of mechanical breakdowns, human error, bad weather and other reasons, according to more than 50,000 pages of accident investigation reports and other records obtained by The Post under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Conducting U.S. airstrikes in Iraq would be complicated, former military officers say

    06/19/2014 11:50:47 AM PDT · by mojito · 23 replies
    WaPo ^ | 6/16/2014 | Craig Whitlock
    The Defense Department has enough forces in the Persian Gulf to conduct airstrikes that would probably prevent Sunni insurgents from marching into Baghdad, but other missions would be far more complex and risk drawing the United States back into an Iraqi civil war, according to retired military commanders. The Pentagon announced that the USS Mesa Verde, an amphibious transport dock ship, had arrived in the gulf on Monday to join an aircraft carrier, a destroyer and a guided-missile cruiser. Together, the warships carry a large number of fighter jets and search-and-rescue aircraft, along with Tomahawk cruise missiles and other ordnance,...
  • It Looks Like Raging Hockey Fans Destroyed An LAPD Drone Last Night

    06/14/2014 6:16:27 PM PDT · by Veggie Todd · 104 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 14, 2014 | Hunter Walker
    Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHL's Stanley Cup. Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a "melee" outside the arena following the King's victory over the New York Rangers. In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing:
  • U.S. Secretly Flying Drones Over Iraq

    06/12/2014 7:11:41 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 25 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 12 2014 | ADAM ENTOUS and JULIAN E. BARNE
    The U.S. since last year has been secretly flying unmanned surveillance aircraft in small numbers over Iraq to collect intelligence on insurgents, according to U.S. officials. Officials wouldn't say what types of drones were being used but said the flights were conducted only for surveillance purposes. The program was launched with the consent of the Iraqi government.
  • Obama Says Short-Term Military Actions Required in Iraq

    06/12/2014 4:09:22 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 58 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/6/14
    US President Barack Obama declared on Thursday that short-term military actions will have to be taken in Iraq, following the take-over by an Al Qaeda break-off Islamist terrorist group over large portions of the country. Reuters reported that Obama said he is looking at "all options" as far as helping the government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, noting "I don't rule anything out," when asked whether the United States is considering drone strikes or any other action to stop the insurgency. Speaking at the White House while meeting Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot, Obama said there will be "short-term...
  • Successive drone strikes leave at least 16 dead in N Waziristan (1st in 6 Months)

    06/12/2014 3:23:15 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies
    Dawn ^ | 11 June 2014 | Zahir Shah Sherazi
    MIRAMSHAH: After a nearly six month halt in the drone campaign, separate US aerial drones fired missiles at militant hideouts in pre-dawn strikes on Thursday just days after the Taliban launched a deadly attack on Karachi airport that killed 37 people. Two successive US drone strikes killed at least 16 suspected militants in Pakistan's northwest tribal area where pressure was building on Islamabad to react after the brazen attack. The first attack took place late on Thursday night when the unmanned US plane fired six missiles that hit a vehicle and a compound in Dargah Mandi village in North Waziristan,...
  • Watch: Beach beat down over alleged drone peeping

    06/09/2014 6:21:50 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 21 replies
    PIX11 ^ | June 9, 2014
    MADISON, Conn. (PIX11) – A beachgoer thought she was stopping a disturbing crime in progress, but instead found herself in handcuffs. When Andrea Mears saw a man piloting a drone at a public Connecticut beach, she thought he was surreptitiously taking pictures of bikini-clad women, so she called the police.
  • Obama security team ponders black ops mission to kill Taliban 5 in Qatar (Dude, what?)

    06/08/2014 5:17:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    The Examiner ^ | June 8, 2014 | Jim Kouri
    A former U.S. intelligence official, who worked on covert operations throughout the Middle East and Latin America, claims the scuttlebutt among Beltway security experts is that there may be an a abrupt end to the freedom of the Taliban terrorists released from Guantanamo Bay's detention center, he intimated on Sunday. "With all the negative publicity generated by [President Barack] Obama's Taliban prisoner swap for an Army sergeant, Bowe Bergdahl, the Commander in Chief is being offered plans for covert operations to 'terminate with extreme prejudice' the five terrorists now living relatively free in the Arab nation [of] Qatar," said the...
  • Confirmed: Obama Bundler Caught Working with al Qaeda Linked Group

    01/10/2014 11:41:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 27 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Friday, January 10, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Obama bundler Jodie Evans, far left, protests in Yemen with al Qaeda tied group al Karama, June 17, 2013. Photo via al Karama. Obama bundler Jodie Evans and Code Pink, the leftist group she co-leads, have been found to be working with a group whose leaders have recently been declared terrorists and al Qaeda supporters by the Treasury Department. This is not the first time the Democratic Party allied group has been caught in bed with terrorists. As this writer has reported over the years, Code Pink works with terrorists, state sponsors of terrorists, the Democratic Party and President Barack...
  • BOB BERGDAHL Joined Code Pink in Campaign Against US Drone Attacks in Pakistan

    06/03/2014 5:10:51 PM PDT · by gwgn02 · 28 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/3/2014 | Jim Hoft
    32 American members of the far left Code Pink activist group joined a Pakistani march in October 2012 against US drone attacks.
  • Watch An Enormous US Surveillance Drone Arrive In Japan

    06/02/2014 4:37:00 AM PDT · by blam · 14 replies
    BI - Aviationist ^ | David Cenciotti, The Aviationist
    David Cenciotti, The AviationistMay 26, 2014, 12:59 PM On May 4, the U.S. Air Force RQ-4 Global Hawk remotely piloted system arrived at Misawa Air Base, Japan, where it is scheduled to operate from May to October 2014. The huge Northrop Grumman UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) was deployed to Japan to support ISR (Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) missions in the Pacific theater. Its operations are carried out by a team of 40 personnel belonging to the 69th Reconnaissance Group, Detachment 1. The UAS is a temporary replacement for the ISR missions launched from Guam. Those missions are particularly affected by...
  • The tragedy of Obama's foreign policy

    06/01/2014 3:05:45 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-30-14 | K. T. McFarland
    For six years the world has scratched its head about President Obama’s foreign policy doctrine. Is it “leading from behind,” as he himself has said on occasion, stepping back in hopes that an international coalition will take charge? Is it using American military or economic power to topple dictators? Is it killing enemies with drone strikes and spying on allies with advanced technology? Is it using words instead of weapons? With much fanfare, the president set out to set things straight on Wednesday by articulating a comprehensive Obama Doctrine in a major foreign policy address at West Point’s commencement ceremonies....
  • Paul: Barron not qualified for fed bench

    05/20/2014 6:20:53 AM PDT · by B Knotts · 5 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | May 20, 2014 | Rand Paul
    Harvard Law professor David Barron is a former acting assistant attorney general in the Obama administration. While in President Obama’s Office of Legal Counsel he wrote memos justifying the extrajudicial killing of an American citizen abroad. Last year, the president nominated Barron to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and a vote on his nomination is expected this week. I am going to fight this nomination, because I believe Barron has disqualified himself from serving as a federal judge. I’ve read the Barron memos concerning the legal justification for killing an American citizen overseas...
  • Drones give energy companies high hopes for safer work

    In the Alaskan tundra, inspecting a pipeline isn’t easy. Most pipelines don’t follow what few roads are there, so trucks often aren’t an option. And using low-flying airplanes can be unsafe to pilots in snowy, windy weather. Now, though, the emergence of sophisticated, pilotless aircraft is presenting energy companies with another possibility for keeping an eye on operations in the Arctic and other harsh environments where they often work. Unmanned aerial vehicles flying over pipelines while outfitted with special sensors could detect leaks quickly. And that’s not the only potential application. Energy companies are testing drones to inspect hard-to-reach spaces...
  • The Ultra-Lethal Drones Of The Future

    05/17/2014 3:46:03 PM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    NwYork Post ^ | May 17, 2014 | Sharon Weinberger
    In 13 short years, killer drones have gone from being exotic military technology featured primarily in the pages of specialized aviation magazines to a phenomenon of popular culture, splashed across daily newspapers and fictionalized in film and television, including the new season of “24.” What has not changed all that much — at least superficially — is the basic aircraft that most people associate with drone warfare: the armed Predator. The Predator, with its distinctive bubble near the nose and sensor ball underneath, is the iconic image of drone warfare, an aircraft that grew out of 1980s work supported by...
  • Israel Unveils 6.5-Pound Drone for US War on Terror

    05/15/2014 10:28:23 PM PDT · by Tzvi INN.com · 3 replies
    The Jewish Independent ^ | May 16, 2014 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Israel has unveiled a new 6.5-pound hand-launched mini-drone for U.S. counter-terror units, but pro-Arab media are conducting a campaign to blame Israel when another country kills the wrong person with the drones.
  • ObamaCare contractors paid to sit at computers and hit refresh

    05/14/2014 11:25:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/14/14 | Fox News
    <p>Employees at an ObamaCare processing center in Missouri with a contract worth $1.2 billion are reportedly getting paid to do nothing but sit at their computers.</p> <p>“Their goals are set to process two applications per month and some people are not even able to do that,” a whistleblower told KMOV-TV, referring to employees hired to process paper applications for ObamaCare enrollees.</p>
  • Iran says it has built copy of captured American drone, will take it on test flight

    05/11/2014 7:10:21 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05-11-2014 | FoxNews.com
    Iran says it has “succeeded” in copying an American drone it captured in 2011 and will soon take the replicated aircraft on a test flight. State television in Iran broadcasted images Sunday apparently showing a replicated US RQ-170 Sentinel drone alongside the original one, according to the AFP. "Our engineers succeeded in breaking the drone's secrets and copying them,” an officer in the footage reportedly said. “It will soon take a test flight." Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who was inspecting the aircraft during an exhibition organized by the country’s Revolutionary Guards air wing, said the unmanned drone is...
  • Could Drones Help Find Nigeria's Missing Schoolgirls?

    05/10/2014 10:33:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    NBC News ^ | 05/10/2014
    The search for nearly 300 missing Nigerian schoolgirls has taken on an international dimension with the arrival of American and British experts on the ground to help track down the teens. There are military personnel, development experts, law-enforcement and intelligence agents. And then there’s the possibility of calling in the drones. Reuters reported Thursday that the U.S. was considering a request by Nigeria to provide surveillance aircraft and intelligence. "We are considering it," Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. assistant-secretary of State for African Affairs, said in an interview. While surveillance drones have been used for humanitarian purposes from the Fukushima radiation disaster...
  • When Can Obama Kill Americans? Ted Cruz Wants To Know!

    05/09/2014 3:49:17 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 15 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 9, 2014 | By Christopher Agee
    Last year, Barack Obama picked former Acting Assistant Attorney General David Barron as his choice for a vacant seat on the First Circuit Court of Appeals. His brief time at the Justice Department, however, has opened Barron – and the Obama administration – up to some widespread, bipartisan criticism. According to reports, Barron drafted a memo defending the deadly drone strike against American terror suspect Anwar al-Awlaki. As a result, his nomination is now being held up amid demands for the release of the memo, which has reportedly been cited as justification for the assassination of other American citizens. The...
  • Every Country Will Have Armed Drones Within Ten Years

    05/06/2014 10:35:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Defense One ^ | May 6, 2014 | Patrick Tucker
    Virtually every country on Earth will be able to build or acquire drones capable of firing missiles within the next ten years. Armed aerial drones will be used for targeted killings, terrorism and the government suppression of civil unrest. What’s worse, say experts, it’s too late for the United States to do anything about it. After the past decade’s explosive growth, it may seem that the U.S. is the only country with missile-carrying drones. In fact, the U.S. is losing interest in further developing armed drone technology. The military plans to spend $2.4 billion on unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs,...
  • Paul starts new drone war

    05/05/2014 11:00:41 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 1 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 5 2014 | Alexander Bolton
    Sen. Rand Paul has warned Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he will place a hold on one of President Obama’s appellate court nominees because of his role in crafting the legal basis for Obama’s drone policy. Paul, the junior Republican senator from Kentucky, has informed Reid he will object to David Barron’s nomination to the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals, unless the Justice Department makes public the memos he authored justifying the killing of an American citizen in Yemen. -SNIP- The ACLU has sided with Paul, who has a handful of Democratic allies. “No senator should be voting...
  • Drones Banned at Yosemite, Park Service Says

    05/03/2014 8:21:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5-2-14 | Scott Phram
    The National Park Service is warning potential amateur pilots that drone aircraft are "prohibited within park boundaries" of Yosemite National Park. The park service is referring to small "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles," like the DJI Phantom. Officials say, in recent years, the park has experienced an increase in visitors using drones inside the park to film climbers and views above the treetops in the national park. An uptick in this kind activity isn't surprising. Recently, the price and accessibility of small, "personal" drone aircraft has come way down. Amateurs and hobbyists can outfit the devices with small cameras, such as GoPros,...
  • Drone ‘Stigma’ Means ‘Less Skilled’ Pilots at Controls of Deadly Robots

    05/02/2014 7:37:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 29, 2014 | Lee Ferran
    The Air Force recently acknowledged that due to a “stigma” surrounding its drone program, many pilots at the controls of the deadly weapons are “less skilled” and officers overseeing them are “less competent” than their manned aircraft brethren, as alleged by the Government Accountability Office. “Let’s be honest, when people dream about flying… People in this generation didn’t grow up and say, ‘I want to fly an RPA [remotely piloted aircraft],’” Air Force spokesperson Jennifer Cassidy told ABC News last week. “They were the ones that watched re-runs of ‘Top Gun’ and said, ‘I want to be a fighter pilot.’…...
  • 3D Printing continuous carbon fiber composites?

    05/01/2014 4:21:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Composites World ^ | May 1, 2014 | Sara Black
    Additive manufacturing startup MarkForged aims to make it happen and is already marketing systems. Additive manufacturing (AM) is one of the hottest areas in parts fabrication. Interest is high, research dollars are being spent and company stocks are attracting investor attention. Why? First, because AM has moved beyond its initial role as a prototyping tool to a process that can build finished parts. AM technologies — stereolithography, fused deposition modeling (FDM), laser sintering (LS), material extrusion, direct metal deposition and more (see "The rise of rapid manufacturing," under “Editor's Picks,” at top right) — were able from their beginnings to...
  • Senate Abandons Plan to Force Transparency on White House’s Drone Use

    04/30/2014 1:58:01 PM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 9 replies
    The Blaze ^ | April 29, 2014 | Beckett Adams
    The U.S. Senate on Monday killed a measure that would have forced the Obama administration to provide the public with information each year on the number of persons killed or injured overseas in targeted strikes.Congress’ decision to abandon the measure, which would have been included in a larger intelligence bill, marks the latest in the federal government’s longstanding tradition of keeping information regarding targeted strikes, which are typically carried out by unmanned drones, from the public eye. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in a letter to the Senate warned that the measure would compromise U.S. intelligence operations overseas, the...
  • Obama’s Drone Wars Undermine American Values

    04/29/2014 4:33:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 29, 2014 | Ron Paul
    Earlier this month, CIA-operated drones killed as many as 55 people in Yemen in several separate strikes. Although it was claimed that those killed were “militants,” according to press reports at least three civilians were killed and at least five others wounded. That makes at least 92 U.S. drone attacks against Yemen during the Obama administration, which have killed nearly 1,000 people including many civilians. The latest strikes seem to contradict President Obama’s revised guidelines for targeted killings, which he announced last May. At the time he claimed that drones would only be used against those who posed a “continuing...
  • Report claims Eric Holder approved drone strike against Bundy ranch

    04/27/2014 8:53:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 26, 2014 | Joe Newby
    On Friday, John Jacob Schmidt of Radio Free Redoubt said that according to Stewart Rhodes, founder of Oath Keepers, Attorney General Eric Holder has approved drone strikes against the Bundy ranch to take place some time in the next 48 hours. According to Schmidt, the information came from a source Oath Keepers has within the Department of Defense. That source, according to the report, allegedly said Attorney General Eric Holder authorized what is known as a "hot drone strike" against the ranch. Such a strike, he added would effectively kill everyone at the ranch. Schmidt said that as far as...
  • At Creech Air Force Base, Drones Land, Protesters Chant, and One Man Waves a Flag

    04/25/2014 6:43:31 PM PDT · by kristinn · 5 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, April 21, 2014 | Dan Zak
    INDIAN SPRINGS, Nev. — The peace walkers arrived sweaty and gross, feet blistered and knees creaking, and Phil was waiting for them. Phil had his signs up, his American flags out, his star-spangled cap on. He extended a tight-fisted thumbs up toward the cars exiting Creech Air Force Base. A couple hundred yards away, every couple of minutes, a drone glided earthward with a baleful elegance. Predator. Reaper. Reaper. Predator. Thanks for keeping us safe,” Phil said toward the driver of a white Ford F-150. If the driver had looked to the right, he or she would’ve seen Phil in...
  • A Legal Way To Kill?

    04/24/2014 5:35:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 24, 2014 | Judge Andrew Napolitiano
    When President Obama decided sometime during his first term that he wanted to be able to use unmanned aerial drones in foreign lands to kill people -- including Americans -- he instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to find a way to make it legal -- despite the absolute prohibition on governmental extra-judicial killing in federal and state laws and in the Constitution itself. "Judicial killing" connotes a lawful execution after an indictment, a jury trial, an appeal and all of the due process protections that the Constitution guarantees defendants. "Extra-judicial killing" is a targeted killing of a victim by someone...
  • NASA's new mission: Warbots?

    04/22/2014 5:57:36 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    WND ^ | April 22, 2014 | Steve Peacock
    'Terminator' coming alive as agency explores humanoids 'for Earth applications'While the federal government’s increased use and advocacy of drones over U.S. skies is widely known, its promotion of another technological advancement has received less attention: the accelerated deployment of “humanoid robots” into American society. WND has discovered that NASA is recruiting help from industry and academia to speed up the commercialization of such robotic humanoids “for Earth applications.” Among the applications is warfare, the agency said. NASA said technical hurdles remain before sending human-like machines into combat operations and other “hazardous and remote environments.” Among the obstacles are “object recognition/detection”...
  • Criminals Using Drones To Find Marijuana Farms, Steal Their Crop

    04/22/2014 4:05:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    BetaBeat ^ | 4/22 | Jordyn Taylor
    Criminal gangs in the UK’s Shropshire county are using drones to locate marijuana farms, and then blackmailing the farms’ owners or straight up stealing their weed, ITProPortal reports. It’s a tactic that law enforcement authorities worldwide have been employing for years — using thermal imaging to detect possible locations of grow houses. Marijuana requires hot temperatures and hydroponic lamps to grow, meaning that grow houses generally emit a ton of heat, and show up on cops’ thermal cameras. Now, criminals are reportedly using the same technique, except they’re hooking the thermal cameras up to unmanned drones, and joining police in...
  • Liberals on Twitter demand feds kill Bundy family, supporters with drones

    04/22/2014 11:47:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 22, 2013 | Joe Newby
    No doubt inspired in part by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who called supporters of the Bundy ranch "domestic terrorists," a number of liberals on Twitter expressed their desire to see the ranch and its supporters killed by drone strikes, Paul Joseph Watson reported at Infowars Monday. Such a raid would, of course, kill innocent children as well as men and women, but it seems that didn't matter to those demanding the deadly raid. "If ever there was a time for a drone strike, I'd say Bundy's self-appointed militia should've been turned into paste on the prairie," one person...
  • Drone attacks kill dozens of Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen following confab

    04/21/2014 7:54:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/21/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Last week, CNN reported that an al-Qaeda conference took place in Yemen, headed by the number-two man in the global structure, and that the US appeared to have missed it. If so, we may be making up for lost time. A series of drone attacks in Yemen has killed dozens of terrorists from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the most dangerous of the constituent networks in the AQ umbrella:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO An operation targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is under way in Abyan and Shabwa, Yemen, a high-level Yemeni government official who is being...
  • 13 Suspected Militants Killed in Yemen

    04/19/2014 9:10:58 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 22 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 04-19-2014 | Reuters
    SANA, Yemen — An airstrike killed 13 people suspected as Qaeda militants in the central Yemeni province of al-Bayda on Saturday, a security official and tribal representatives said. Three civilians in a nearby car were also killed, they said. “An airstrike targeted cars that suspected Al Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the Sawma’a area of al-Bayda,” a security official said.