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A U.S. airman guides a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone as it taxis to the runway at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Josh Smith/Files

Seeking Answers For Drone Victims

Three military veterans once involved in the U.S. drone program have thrown their support behind a Yemeni man’s legal fight to obtain details about why his family members were killed in a 2012 strike.

September 9, 2016
Visitors walk past a surveillance unmanned air vehicle (UAV) 'Heron TP' by IAI and Airbus Defence at the ILA Berlin Air Show in Schoenefeld, south of Berlin, Germany, May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Once Drones Get AI, They’ll Rule The World

Both of these technologies—drones and cloud AI—are exciting today, yet still wobbly works in progress. But in coming years, Amazon or some other company is going to put them together. And that, finally, will evolve into a technology that could become as significant to humans as domesticated dogs.

September 4, 2016
A model of a military drone is seen in front of an U.S. flag as protesters rally against climate change, ahead of the Democratic National Convention, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., July 24, 2016. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Why Baltimore’s Covert Spy Plane Program Is A Major Battleground For Privacy And Free Speech

A hidden camera in the sky watches people’s movements on the ground; ex-military private contractors control the cameras and run the operation to avoid government oversight. In the background, billionaire funders salivate at the possibility of plush government contracts. In the city of Baltimore, this dystopian scenario is already real life.

September 1, 2016
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There’s One Good Thing About Donald Trump–As Long As He Loses

Donald Trump has shaken American politics to their very core. And in the process, he has, maybe without knowing it, completely re-aligned the positions and appeals of the two major parties. That’s because Trump is an opportunist.

July 29, 2016
A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper taxis down an Afghanistan runway Nov. 4. The Reaper has flown 49 combat sorties since it first began operating in Afghanistan Sept. 25. It completed its first combat strike Oct. 27, when it fired a Hellfire missile over Deh Rawod, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson)

Obama’s ‘Kill List’ Is Here To Stay

When the CIA allegedly carried out its first targeted drone killing in February 2002, in Afghanistan, it killed three men near a former mujahedeen base called Zhawar Kili. In the aftermath of the strike, however, authorities appeared not to know who they had killed. A Pentagon spokeswoman stated, “We’re convinced that it was an appropriate target,” but added, “[w]e do not know yet exactly who it was.”

May 13, 2016
Ex-serviceman who built communications infrastructure for US drone programme in Afghanistan speaks out against it.

Confessions Of A Former US Air Force Drone Technician

All you hear is voices telling you what to do. There’s no physical danger from the enemy and that’s what makes the job so tough.

April 13, 2016

Cartoon: A New Invasion!

“There is now discussion of sending American special forces near the front lines of Nigeria’s fight against Boko Haram.”

March 1, 2016

Late Night Roundup: Drone Strikes — ‘Precise’ And ‘Imperfect’

Trevor Noah and former CIA Director Michael Hayden discussed the complex moral issues of fighting against terrorism through the use of drone strikes.

February 26, 2016

Recreational Drones Will Need To Be Registered, FAA Says

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday that recreational pilots and hobbyists must register all drones weighing between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds.

December 15, 2015

States Rush To Regulate Drones Ahead Of Federal Guidelines

In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on drones.

September 15, 2015
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Drone Close Encounters Surge As Lawmakers Demand Tighter Rules

The FAA now gets several reports a day of drones flying too close to planes and helicopters.

August 10, 2015

This Week In Health: Red Skies Ahead

This Week In Health includes China in space, drones flying blood, supercomputers tracking our health, and even more negative side effects of smoking.

August 5, 2015

Blimps Over Capitol: Just Hot Air?

Coming soon to a Capitol skyline near you: giant blimps at 10,000 feet?

May 27, 2015
FAA, Unmaned Flights, Technology, Titan, Drones, Google, Project Loon, Internet-Streaming, Cell Towers, The Verge

Google To Deploy Drones With Internet-Emitting Payloads

Google seeks to create a worldwide satellite network of Internet-emitting drones and balloons with the FAA’s help.

May 20, 2015
Ethan Hawke, January Jones, The Good Kill, Drones, Military, Movies, Entertainment, Review

‘Good Kill,’ With Ethan Hawke, Targets Human Costs Of Drone Warfare

Ethan Hawke plays a drone operator for the U.S. air force in ‘Good Kill.’

May 20, 2015
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A Top Fundraiser For Obama Turns From Wall Street To Drones

“Being an entrepreneur is about breaking barriers and making money,” says Robert Wolf. A friend and campaign donor to Obama who operates an expansive drone company.

April 30, 2015
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FBI Must ‘Urgently’ Upgrade Intelligence On Terror Threats, Panel Says

FBI lags behind its “full law enforcement” capabilities review commission finds especially in targeting tech-savvy and lone wolf terrorists.

March 25, 2015

U.S. Military Denies Claims Of Civilian Deaths In Targeting Islamic State

The U.S. Military continues to deny civilian deaths in imperfect bombing of Islamic State militants.

February 17, 2015

Drones At Disneyland? Disney Seeks Patents

By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times On top of Mickey Mouse, Cinderella and Aladdin, visitors to Disney theme parks may one day get a glimpse of drones. Walt Disney Co. appears to have a wish to use unmanned aircraft to produce entertainment shows, according to three recently published patent applications first reported by the blog […]

August 27, 2014

Drone Surprises Jetliner Pilot At LAX; Owner Sought In Investigation

By Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A drone spotted earlier this month by a Canadian jetliner pilot near Los Angeles International Airport has become the subject of an investigation. On Aug. 4, Los Angeles police said, the personal drone was spotted by the jetliner pilot as the remote-controlled craft was hovering about […]

August 22, 2014

Navy Conducts First Series Of Drone And Manned Fighter Jet Operations

By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times The U.S. Navy said its jet-powered, bat-winged X-47B drone has conducted carrier deck operations and performed maneuvers alongside an F/A-18 fighter jet, marking the first time manned and unmanned aircraft have operated together on the same carrier. Navy officials hailed the test flights of the experimental drone, which were […]

August 18, 2014

Hamas’ Use Of Drones Presents New Threat Against Israel

By David Zucchino and Ralph Vartabedian, Los Angeles Times The exchange of rocket fire from Palestinian militants and Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip took a new turn this week when the military wing of Hamas said it had launched drones into Israel — one of them downed by an Israeli Patriot missile. The incident, […]

July 16, 2014

Amazon Seeks U.S. Permission For Drone Tests

Washington (AFP) — Online giant Amazon has sought permission for drone test flights in the United States, saying it is moving forward on plans for deliveries using the unmanned aircraft. In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration made public this week, Amazon said that because of restrictions on drones in U.S. airspace, it has […]

July 11, 2014

Memo Justifying Drone Killing Of American al-Qaida Leader Is Released

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A previously secret Justice Department memo, released by a federal appeals court Monday, justified the targeted killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in 2011, on the grounds that as a leader of an al-Qaida affiliate, he was […]

June 23, 2014