Tag: Unmanned aerial vehicle

Inside Obama’s drone panopticon: a secret machine with no accountability

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Of all the reactions to the deaths of two hostages from a missile fired from a US drone, Congressman Adam Schiff provided the deepest insight into the logic underpinning the endless, secret US campaign of global killing. “To demand a

Botched CIA operation is a reminder: Still no transparency around drones

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At his press briefing today, White House press secretary Josh Earnest faced tough questioning from reporters about legal questions surrounding the CIA drone strike that inadvertently killed two hostages, including one American. The exchange neatly captured a galling truth about

American, Italian Hostages Killed in CIA Drone Strike in January

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A U.S. drone strike in January targeting a suspected al Qaeda compound in Pakistan inadvertently killed an American and Italian being held hostage by the group, the first known instance in which the Central Intelligence Agency killed hostages in a

Australia’s collateral damage in the US drone program

In the last few years there has been a hotly contested global debate about the civilian impact of the U.S. drone strike program and its moral and legal justifications. Despite being geographically part of Asia (where the majority of drone

Crazy CIA spy tech from the 50s, 60s and 70s

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Before Festo developed its realistic flight dragonfly robot in the last couple of years, the CIA was across that business in the 70s. The Dragonfly Insectothopter, developed by the agency’s R&D department, wasn’t designed to resemble a dragonfly for flight

Obama ‘authorises spy flights over Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, during a press briefing at the White House in Washington December 14, 2012. A tearful President Obama expressed "overwhelming grief" for the victims of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school and called on Americans to set aside politics and "take meaningful action" to prevent more tragedies of this kind. A heavily armed gunman opened fire on school children and staff at a Connecticut elementary school on Friday, killing 26 people including 18 children in the latest in a series of shooting rampages that have tormented the United States this year, U.S. media reported.     REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

President Barack Obama has authorised surveillance flights over Syria in order to gather intelligence on the Islamic State group, a senior US administration official said. Tuesday’s move could mark the first step towards US air strikes against targets inside Syria.

Iran reveals footage of alleged Israeli spy drone

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Iranian experts are decoding the intelligence devices of what it says is an Israeli spy drone that was shot down over central Iran on Sunday, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps announced Sunday night. The corps’ aerospace force shot down the

CIA drone strike program in Pakistan winding down

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Just after midnight last Christmas, Pakistani officials say, two Hellfire missiles from a U.S. drone slammed into a house in Miramshah, Pakistan, killing four militants. It was an otherwise unremarkable episode in the sixth year of a relentless unmanned aerial

Court Orders the C.I.A. to Disclose Drone Data

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court held Friday that the Central Intelligence Agency must disclose, at least to a judge, a description of its records on drone strikes in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the

Drone came within 200 feet of airliner over New York

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(CNN) — An unmanned drone came within 200 feet of a commercial jet over New York, triggering an FBI appeal to the public for any information about the unusual and potentially dangerous incident. The crew of Alitalia Flight 608 approaching

US military to take over control of most terror drone strikes from CIA

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WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama’s administration is looking at easing the secrecy around the drone war against al Qaeda by shifting control for some air strikes from the CIA to the US military, officials say. But the move would likely not

Iran says it’s decoded data from CIA drone captured in 2011

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TEHRAN –  Iran says the country's Revolutionary Guard has decoded all of the data from an advanced CIA spy drone captured last year. Tehran has previously said it recovered information from the RQ-170 Sentinel craft, but Monday's announcement on state-run

Iran says extracts data from U.S. spy drone

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(Reuters) – Iran has obtained data from a U.S. intelligence drone that shows it was spying on the country's military sites and oil terminals, Iranian media reported its armed forces as saying on Wednesday. Iran announced on Tuesday that it

10 Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike

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Security officials in Pakistan say a U.S. drone strike has killed at least 10 people in the restive northwest tribal region near the Afghan border. Authorities say drone-fired missiles hit three compounds Friday in North Waziristan, a known hub for