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20,000 DRONES UNDER THE SEA: US Military Wants To Hide Drones Under Sea

Hollywood films often show alien ships or giant monsters rising from the ocean depths to threaten humanity's existence. The U.S. military envisions a more realistic scenario of hiding robotic drones, sensors or decoys on the ocean floor so that they can rise to the occasion when needed. The idea of hiding sneaky spy technologies beneath the waves comes from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency ...

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NOT IF WE DO IT: New Obama ‘Playbook’ Rules Exempts Death Drone Hits

With drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and soon Mali, that Obama has stated are "precision strikes against al Qaeda and their affiliates," such precision does not apparently fit the definition of targeted killings, at least in Pakistan. It's also less than comforting that those responsible for the deaths of hundreds of civilians - at least 10 for every 1 'militant'  in Pakistan ...

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HEADS UP: Stealth Hoodie Hides Wearer From Drones

Surveillance cameras are ubiquitous, especially in the U.K.. and in the United States, Congress has already approved the use of drones for domestic surveillance. Then there’s the “Stingray” tool used by the FBI to track cell phones. It’s enough to make even those who’ve gotten nothing hide feel nervous. New York-based artist Adam Harvey doesn’t like it one bit. So he’s taken it upon himself to design anti-s ...

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US Drone Use Setting Off New Global Arms Race

With the U.S.’s dramatic expansion of drone use for both surveillance and targeted bombings, a veritable arms race in unmanned aerial vehicles has begun, prompting concern from some in Washington worried about international rivals using drones like the U.S. does.   “The number of countries that have acquired or developed drones expanded to more than 75, up from about 40 in 2005, according to the Government ...

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Germans Unveil Drone Killing Laser

One of the most powerful laser weapons ever fired has successfully shot drones out of the sky from two miles away. The groundbreaking weapon uses a high powered 50kW laser, and is powerful enough to cut through a steel girder from 1km away, yet accurate enough to hit a target the size of a mortar round. 
 Rheinmetall Defence, the firm who developed it, say it could eventually become commonplace on the battl ...

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China-Japan Drone Race Picks Up Speed

Drones have taken centre stage in an escalating arms race between China and Japan as they struggle to assert their dominance over disputed islands in the East China Sea. China is rapidly expanding its nascent drone programme, while Japan has begun preparations to purchase an advanced model from the US. Both sides claim the drones will be used for surveillance, but experts warn the possibility of future dron ...

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US Death Drone Strikes In Yemen Tripled In 2012

A new report by a think tank in Washington indicates that the number of the US drone airstrikes in Yemen almost tripled this year compared with the previous one. The report by the New America Foundation, an American non-profit, nonpartisan public policy institute, showed that the number of the strikes rose to 53 in 2012 compared to 18 in 2011, AFP reported on Thursday. The United States has launched numerou ...

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The Coming Drone Attack On America

People often ask me, in terms of my argument about "ten steps" that mark the descent to a police state or closed society, at what stage we are. I am sorry to say that with the importation of what will be tens of thousands of drones, by both US military and by commercial interests, into US airspace, with a specific mandate to engage in surveillance and with the capacity for weaponization – which is due to be ...

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US To Sell $1.2 Billion In Spy Drones To South Korea

The Pentagon has informed Congress of its plans to sell four Global Hawk high-altitude spy drones to South Korea. Under the deal Seoul’s surveillance capabilities would be greatly improved, even though the US DoD itself wanted to retire the aircraft. ­The US Department of Defense wants to sell four of the Block 30 version of the RQ-4 Global Hawk aircraft to Seoul under the Foreign Military Sales program. It ...

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DARPA Completes Giant Robotic ‘AlphaDog”

US military bosses today showed off the latest tricks they have taught a giant robotic dog. Officially named LS3 but dubbed AlphaDog, the four-legged, autonomous robot can follow a soldier, and is designed to carry heavy equipment. 
 Researcher have given it a dramatic update, allowing it to listen to its owner and follow voice commands - as well as the ability to roll over. The mechanical mutt is shown wal ...

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Air Force Asks Sports Network To Help Analyze Drone Intel

What do you do when information gathered by thousands of remote-controlled killing machines flying across all corners of the Earth simply becomes too much to process? Naturally, the Air Force has approached ESPN for answers. With United States military drones capturing 68-times more video now than a decade earlier, Uncle Sam is stretched pretty thin in terms of divvying up sets of eyes to scope out surveill ...

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U.S. Gov’t Asks Federal Judge to Dismiss Cases of Americans Killed by Drones

  As Americans mourn the deaths of 20 children and 6 adults in the Newtown, CT tragedy - and the gun control debate has reached a fever pitch - autonomous killing systems are being funded by American taxpayers, and drone strikes continue to kill an increasing number of civilians abroad. 
 Barack Obama and the U.S. government policy makers have shown an incredible level of hypocrisy before; on the one h ...

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