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US drone whistleblowers have their bank accounts frozen

US drone whistleblowers have their bank accounts frozen

The U.S. Government failed to deter them through threats of criminal prosecution, and clumsy attempts to intimidate their families.

Now four former Air Force drone operators-turned-whistleblowers have had their credit cards and bank accounts frozen, according to human rights attorney Jesselyn Radack.

“My drone operators went public this week and now their credit cards and bank accounts are frozen,” Radack lamented on her Twitter feed (the spelling of her post has been conventionalized). This was done despite the fact that none of them has been charged with a criminal offense – but this is a trivial formality in the increasingly Sovietesque American National Security State.

Michael Haas, Brandon Bryant, Cian Westmoreland and Stephen Lewis, who served as drone operators in the US Air Force, have gone public with detailed accounts of the widespread corruption and institutionalized indifference to civilian casualties that characterize the program. Some of those disclosures were made in the recent documentary Drone; additional details have been provided in an open letter from the whistleblowers to President Obama, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and CIA Director John Brennan.

Read more http://www.hangthebankers.com/us-drone-whistleblowers-bank-accounts/

High-tech network planned to counter remote-controlled terrorist attacks on UK

High-tech network planned to counter remote-controlled terrorist attacks on UK

Armed Forces minister Penny Mordaunt and military experts are drawing up plans for a new drone defense network to protect the UK from the threat of unmanned aerial vehicles being used to carry out terror attacks.

Mordaunt outlined plans in parliament on Monday to develop a network of countermeasures to prevent drones striking crowds and infrastructure.

She described the issue as an “emerging threat” and said plans were being laid in the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) to purchase the technology to see off any such attacks.

We recognize this as an emerging threat and there is a clear strand of work in the SDSR that is looking at counter measures to the situation,” she told MPs in the House of Commons.

A number of companies are vying to provide the required technology, which may include anti-drone missile systems and special jamming systems to hinder the signal required to pilot the vehicles remotely.

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Laser-armed killer drones: Coming soon to a sky near you

Laser-armed killer drones: Coming soon to a sky near you

Drones armed with laser weapons could be just a couple years away, says a California company behind the Predator and Reaper attack UAVs. General Atomics hopes to test a solid-state laser mounted on an Avenger drone by 2017.

The San Diego-based General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. (GA-ASI) has already delivered a 150-kilowatt high-energy liquid laser (HEL) to the Pentagon, for testing at the White Sands missile range in New Mexico. They are now studying a solid-state version of the weapon.

“We’re funded right now to develop a laser module compatible with the aircraft and study putting it on the Avenger,” Michael Perry, a vice president at GA-ASI, told Defense One.

Laser weapons are a good deal more complicated than Hellfire missiles, however, with dust, debris or clouds possibly interfering with the weapon. Current tests at White Sands aim to show that the GA-ASI laser can function under weather conditions faced by the drones.

“Before you spend any money on a laser, you better darn well show that you can acquire, ID, and track the objects of interest so that you could put a laser on them,” said Perry. “You have to be able to compensate for aero-optic distortion.”

Read more http://www.rt.com/usa/316326-laser-armed-drones-avenger/

Electronic Warfare Expected in New World of Drones and Anti-Drones

Electronic Warfare Expected in New World of Drones and Anti-Drones

by Nicholas West

As the global drone arms race continues to expand, so do the counter measures.

The proliferation of commercial drones, in particular, is expected to present new challenges to an increasingly crowded sky. Among commercial and military drones is the potential for swarms of micro-drones that can be hidden in plain sight … at least to the naked eye. However, drones are never hidden from the electromagnetic spectrum.

A UK defense firm announced that it is working on a comprehensive defense shield that aims to “control the electromagnetic spectrum”  – electronic warfare. It will not only identify drones that are a threat either to populations or critical infrastructure such as nuclear facilities, military installations, and seats of government, but also will have the ability to hijack the aircraft and remove it from the area.

Selex ES is calling its system Falcon Shield, highlighted in a recent press release:

Easy to make, cheap to buy, simple to fly and hard to detect, commercially available drones are one of the most quickly evolving technological threats to both military and civilian environments. In response to this threat, Finmeccanica – Selex ES has introduced Falcon Shield, which can provide users with a rapidly deployable, scalable and modular system to detect, disrupt, deny and defeat the potential threat.

Read more  http://www.activistpost.com/2015/09/electronic-drone-warfare.html

Dave and the Drones – Part III

Dave and the Drones – Part III

Every thriller needs a twist and turn

http://loucollins.uk/2015/09/08/execution-of-british-citizens/
http://loucollins.uk/2015/09/09/debate-among-us-officials-over-whether-to-kill-people-over-twitter-accounts-dave-and-the-drones-part-ii/

It started as:

Mr Cameron described the drone strikes as “an act of self-defence” which had to be carried out to protect Britain from terrorist attacks because “there was no alternative.

Now it’s become

UK envoy makes new legal argument for drone killings in Syria

Letter from British permanent representative to United Nations says airstrikes were justified on basis of ‘collective self-defence of Iraq’

Th(is)  new explanation, which was not disclosed to MPs at Westminster when David Cameron first told MPs about the killings……

The prime minister made no mention of defending Iraq when he told MPs on London that an RAF Reaper drone had killed two British jihadis, Reyaad Khan and Ruhul Amin, in the Syrian city of Raqqa, in a strike on 21 August.

“Is it because parliament previously voted against action in Syria, making this justification at odds with the will of the commons? The prime minister cannot face two ways on this issue – he needs to urgently explain this discrepancy.”

“David Cameron needs urgently to answer questions about whether there was genuinely an imminent threat to the UK or is this an expansion of the war against Isis without parliamentary approval? This argument was never raised in parliament. It can’t be both explanations.”

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/sep/10/syria-drone-killings-legal-justification-uk-envoy-un?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Rycroft’s personal involvement will also raise eyebrows. He was Tony Blair’s private secretary at the time of the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

His name was on a key memo revealing that Britain and the US were planning five months before the invasion to take action against Saddam Hussein without a second UN resolution.

By coincidence, Iain Macleod, legal adviser at the Foreign Office, was also legal counsellor at the UK mission to the UN in New York in the run up to the Iraq invasion.

How many twists and turns and wriggles are needed to show the LIE?

Debate Among US Officials Over Whether to Kill People Over Twitter Accounts (Dave and the Drones – Part II)

Debate Among US Officials Over Whether to Kill People Over Twitter Accounts (Dave and the Drones – Part II)

by Jason Ditz

There appears, at the very least, to be some debate among counter-terror officials on the matter, though none seem to be questioning whether or not it’s appropriate to assassinate people on the basis of speech, and are simply arguing over whether or not it’s worthwhile.

The opponents see it as “wasting time” on “low level guys,” and believe the US should spend more time trying to assassinate actual ISIS leaders, instead of just killing Tweeters and declaring them “propagandists.”

Lt. Gen. Michael Barbero was also a proponent of assassinating people on social media, saying ISIS has a “huge competitive advantage” on Twitter and that with little intelligence on the actual leadership of ISIS, you “attack what you can,” which means people on Twitter.

Another official, perhaps even more ominously than “angel of death” guy, talked up the killing of US-born cleric Anwar Awlaki as an example of the US assassinating people for speech, declaring “shoot your mouth off all you want. Eventually we are going to kill you.”

http://antiwar.com/blog/2015/09/08/debate-among-us-officials-over-whether-to-kill-people-over-twitter-accounts/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+AWCBlog+%28Antiwar.com+Blog%29

Can you see what it is yet?

 

Execution of British citizens………(Dave and the Drones)

Execution of British citizens………(Dave and the Drones)

Part I – (not written by Fredrick Forsythe or George Orwell)

By , Chief Reporter – telegraph

Here’s the summary

Britain’s war on Isil in Syria was launched from a nondescript aircraft hangar in Lincolnshire 3,000 miles away, where an RAF drone pilot in a leather chair fired the missile that killed two jihadis on a road outside Raqqa.

Here’s some extracts:

culmination of months of planning which had begun with David Cameron authorising the use of drones to assassinate British-born

Khan had hit the headlines last year when he left his Cardiff home and later appeared in an Isil recruitment video alongside a grinning Ruhul Amin.

Oddly enough – he was already allegedly dead?

His death had already been reported by Twitter users linked to Isil, perhaps in a deliberate attempt to throw off the intelligence services.

‘Intelligence’ services – ? (not Cameron then)

After the Prime Minister had been informed of the threat, he convened a meeting of the National Security Council, at which the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC, confirmed there was a “legal basis” for killing the two men.

Simples………….

it fell to Mr Fallon to give the green light for the operation.

Not down to Dave then – always good to have a fall guy

It is from here that the drones are flown by men wearing flying suits, and it was from here that the missile was fired that killed….

Glad they were wearing appropriate costumes – wouldn’t it be horrendous if they’d been wearing cheap supermarket jeans? (Wonder if they mention their ages anywhere?)

Mr Cameron and Mr Fallon did not watch the air strike being carried out, but were informed about it immediately afterwards.

Maybe Dave was out surfing in different sorts of sewage?

Mr Cameron described the drone strikes as “an act of self-defence” which had to be carried out to protect Britain from terrorist attacks because “there was no alternative.

Yeh Dave – killing peeps long distance without any trial of facts (oops Janner) – well it must be self-defence – stands to reason don’t it?

“And there was nothing to suggest that Reyaad Khan would ever leave Syria…..

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/terrorism-in-the-uk/11849857/Syria-drone-strike-how-execution-of-British-citizens-in-Raqqa-was-carried-out-from-Lincolnshire-hangar.html

Strange how Khan wasn’t a threat to Ed Balls tho?

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“There was a terrorist directing murder on our streets and no other means to stop him – said Dave..…………….

Part II of “Dave and the Drones’ to follow in the near future

(coming to a street near you – for your ‘safety’)

New Boss on Construction Sites Is a Drone

New Boss on Construction Sites Is a Drone

The site of a lavish new downtown stadium for the Sacramento Kings in California are being monitored by drones and software that can automatically flag slow progress.

Once per day, several drones automatically patrol the Sacramento work site, collecting video footage. That footage is then converted into a three-dimensional picture of the site, which is fed into software that compares it to computerized architectural plans as well as a the construction work plan showing when each element should be finished. The software can show managers how the project is progressing, and can automatically highlight parts that may be falling behind schedule.

At the Sacramento project, video is being captured by a drone-operating company called ImageInFlight. The software developed by the University of Illinois team can show how different subcontracting teams are working together.

The University of Illinois team is currently testing a system that will allow drones to attach cameras to locations across a building site, so that activity can be monitored continually. In experiments, they are also using a crowdsourcing platform to categorize workers’ activities in video footage. A manager can then see how different tasks are being performed overall, and how much time each individual is spending on a job.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/540836/new-boss-on-construction-sites-is-a-drone/

China resorts to using drones to spy on students trying to cheat in its notoriously tough university entrance exams

China resorts to using drones to spy on students trying to cheat in its notoriously tough university entrance exams

Drones are being used to spy on pupils during university entrance examinations in China to stop them from cheating, according to Chinese media.

Officials in Luoyang, central China, have adopted the high-tech method to monitor students while they take the notoriously difficult tests.

The silent-flying drones will hover over students during university entrance exams known as ‘gaokao’, which are taken by more than nine million teenagers every year.

The devices will use 360 degree rotations to scan testing halls and locate suspicious radio signals created by hidden earpieces used to obtain the answers to exam questions.

Deadly drones’ threat to humans

Deadly drones’ threat to humans

Humans could be left “utterly defenceless” by small and agile flying robots that think for themselves and are designed to kill, a leading US computer science expert has warned.

The deadly drones are the likely “endpoint” of the current technological march towards lethal autonomous weapons systems (Laws), according to Professor Stuart Russell from the University of California at Berkeley.

Such weapons, whose decisions about which targets to select and destroy are determined by artificial intelligence (AI) rather than humans, could feasibly be deployed within the next decade, said the professor.

He added: “The stakes are high: Laws have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.”

Read more https://uk.news.yahoo.com/deadly-drones-threat-humans-170037170.html#J8T7rLp