Laws Needed to Protect Ourselves from Drones

Artificial Intelligence (AI), the science behind the technology of drones needs to improve if we are to remain in control of the weapons used in war. Raw Story reports: Experts in artificial intelligence, lawyers and activists organized by the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots gathered at the United Nations on Tuesday to warn against a growing reliance on cheap drones and “stupid AI” that can be unpredictable in the real world. “Terminator always comes up,” Toby Walsh, a professor of artificial Read more […]

Drone Wars–Approved Assassinations

U.S. Citizens have put their heads into the sand on this issue.  The President and the Federal government as a whole hold tremendous power over life and death when it comes to drones.  The policy in the Obama White House seems to be “trust, but don’t worry about verifying.” Consider this summary of the approach taken by our leaders to kill campaign targets at the expense of others who are in no way a danger to anyone: “Taken together, the secret documents lead to the conclusion that Washington’s Read more […]

Barack Obama Has Killed More Innocent Civilians Than All the Gun Owners in Oregon Combined

While he preaches restrictions for gun owners, Barack Obama is fine with people remaining oblivious to missile deaths. One of the few bright points in listening to live news about the mass shooter at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, were the locals’ repeated statements that a gun-free zone gives a mentally disturbed person a large number of soft targets—people he can shoot at without expecting any personal risk at least until the police arrive. Gun owners are not the problem. Gun Read more […]

Report: Drones Have Killed More Yemen Civilians than Al Qaeda

Barack Obama’s drones are arguably an instrument of terrorism. Since the report is from the United Nations I have to admit I would like confirmation. Still, it is important news that needs to be investigated. Samuel Oakford writes for Vice News, “The UN Says US Drone Strikes in Yemen Have Killed More Civilians Than al Qaeda.” At first I thought the headline meant deaths worldwide, but that isn’t possible. It is referring to deaths in Yemen. American drone strikes may have killed as Read more […]

The First Legal, Armed Police Drones Are Here!

Thanks to drone industry lobbyists, we now have armed police drones in one of our states. How long before other legislatures are purchased and pressured? It is a small start. The first armed police drones only have taser weapons. But it is still a start. Where will it end? The most disturbing element in this is the role of technology businesses in taking sides in the legislative process. Much of the Daily Beast article is taken up with the debate in the legislature about whether to require Read more […]

The Murderous Anarchy of Drone Strikes

Drone strikes are supposed to be done as military operations against enemy forces, not random acts of murder. But Barack Obama doesn’t seem too worried… Obviously wars depend on killing. Contrary to many on the Right and the Left, Barack Obama has had no qualms about killing and killing many. But sometimes, when the press gets hold of information about just how many people are getting killed by drones whom we have no reason to target, the Administration gets embarrassed. So what do they Read more […]

A State Senate Wants Drone Use to Require a Warrant

In Connecticut the state senate thinks the Fourth-Amendment-type rules should apply to drone use. Not every issue is cleared up by the Constitution. While the Fourth Amendment states that we should be secure in our persons, property, and effects, etc, it doesn’t limit government agents on public property. If I drive from my house to the grocery store, the Fourth Amendment doesn’t necessarily apply to a decision by a police officer to follow me for whatever reason. That’s why drone use Read more […]

How to Kill without Collateral Damage

When a kill is really important we do it without collateral damage because we use a person, not a machine, and we use precision. The story reported by the Stars & Stripe: “US commandos kill senior Islamic State figure in Syria raid.” U.S. commandos killed a senior Islamic State leader during a Friday night raid inside Syria, where U.S. special operations forces also captured the militant’s wife and rescued an enslaved young woman, the Pentagon announced Saturday. President Barack Obama Read more […]

Barack Obama Accepts Responsibility for Drone Killings: Meaningless

When President Obama accepts responsibility he is actually affirming that no one in the government will ever be held accountable. Philip Giraldi has an interesting piece at the American Conservative: “Obama’s Unaccountable Drone War.” Ironically, for a president who once ran for office promising “transparency” in government, the dreaded associated “a” word, “accountability,” has been somewhat difficult to discern. Even if government actions were transparent, which they are not, Read more […]

The U.S. Gov Kills Civilians Indiscriminately and Everyone Knows It

When Barack Obama kills civilians “by accident” he knowingly commits acts that we condemn as terrorism when others do them. Interesting headline: “Pakistanis see double standard in drone strikes, ask Obama apology for civilian deaths.” And here’s a choice quote: “the death of innocent civilians, regardless of their citizenship, is something that the U.S. government seeks to avoid if at all possible.” —U.S. Government statement I call “balderdash!” It is always “possible” to avoid Read more […]

Drone Killing Only Counts When They Look Like Us?

The accidental drone killing of two hostages counts for more than all the other drone killings we have committed against non-combatants. Why? Yes, yes… let’s put the focus on the sadness of killing a couple of trees we liked, as we continue to use a flame-thrower on forest after forest. The moral blindness here is staggering. Here it is via The Assoicated Press: “Accidental drone killing of hostages ups pressure on White House for new abductee policy.” The accidental killing of two Read more […]

No Charges for Gov Worker for Lost Drone at White House

A Federal employee will not be charged for his lost drone that crashed at the Obama’s residence.   Back when the story first broke of a Federal employee losing control of a drone, Bob Allen posted about it: I love how the article mentions the laws this man broke, but he remains unidentified. And they say it’s apparently unlikely he will be prosecuted. Anyone want to guess what would happen to me, if I did the exact same thing? Some animals really are more equal than others; they’re Read more […]