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A pathetic attempt to justify the use of drones and robots

From Gulf News

February 10, 2014

RobocopI don’t remember the last time I saw a Hollywood action flick and did not come out of the theatre shaking my head, mostly in disbelief at the extent to which the Hollywood elites can go to brainwash the masses with their propaganda. The 2014 remake of RoboCop is no different…read more

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Drones In St. Louis? City Officials Mention Technology As Potential Crime-Fighting Tool

from the Riverfront Times

June 24, 2013

drone-file-thumb-250x210“There will be drones.”

So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology.

Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government’s use of drones and says that St. Louis may at some point consider the tool…read more

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A comprehensive look at where things are in early 2014 as federally-sanctioned sites gear up for testing:

Drones over upstate New York: A look at an FAA test site

from Al Jazeera

January 21, 2014

drone2The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced in late December that Griffiss International Airport, a former Air Force base in Rome, N.Y., would be one of six sites nationwide with authorization to test commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. Years of coordinated effort came to fruition for the broad coalition of businesses, nonprofits, elected officials and academic institutions that pushed for the former air force base to be chosen. The competition had been fierce—with over 24 states vying to lead the way on what the Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International predicts will be an $82 billion industry by 2025…read more

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Chief details police plans for drones over St. Louis

From stlbeacon:

October 9, 2013

His timeline may be delayed a bit, but St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson is optimistic that within 18 months, his department will have its first drone to police the skies.

Dotson’s initial plan calls for a small one – 25 pounds or so, and the size of a small table – that would be armed with camera and fly as high as 400 feet in the air…read more

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St. Louis police chief wants drones to monitor city from the sky

From stltoday:

June 23,2013

51c875fb8c7cd.preview-300ST. LOUIS • In Chief Sam Dotson’s vision of modern policing, a drone would circle Busch Stadium to watch for terrorists, or silently pursue a criminal who thought the chase was over when the officer in the car behind him turned off its red lights and siren.

And Dotson is working to make it happen…read more

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No Guidelines on FBI Domestic Drone Use

From EPIC.org:

June 21, 2013

drone3Senator Rand Paul Seeks Answers About FBI’s Domestic Drone Use: Senator Rand Paul issued a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller seeking answers about the FBI’s domestic use of drones. In a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on FBI oversight, Director Mueller admitted that the FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance. Mueller also stated there were no guidelines in place to regulate the FBIs use of drones and protect the privacy of Americans. EPIC petitioned the Federal Aviation Administration last year to conduct a public rulemaking to address the threat to privacy and civil liberties the domestic use of drones pose. EPIC also petitioned the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection this year to establish privacy regulations for its use of drones. For more information, see EPIC: Domestic Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones. (Jun. 21, 2013)