US boycotts UN human rights conference with drone resolution looming

Pakistani leaders hope to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council to pass a resolution that would force US drone strikes to adhere to international law – a request that inspired the US to boycott the talks altogether. The resolution urges that all “states” using drones should ensure that they are complying “with their obligations…

DRONE TESTING OVER SAN DIEGO AND EAST COUNTY SHOT DOWN

December 30, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced its choice of six sites to test unmanned drone aircraft. San Diego is not on the list, despite being home to drone manufacturers and having support from Supervisors and Congressional representatives. Today’s news drew cheers from citizens’ groups opposed to drone…

Feds Announce Test Sites For Drone Aircraft

The Federal Aviation Administration announced six states on Monday that will develop test sites for drones, a critical next step for the march of the unmanned aircraft into U.S. skies. Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia will host the research sites, the agency said. “This is a HUGE win for citizens action…

Leery drone-zone denizens convene in Julian

Back Country Voices aims to be heard A crowd of about 30 gathered at the Julian Town Hall on Wednesday night (December 4) for the second official meeting of the newly formed Back Country Voices, a group that sprung up in opposition to a plan that would turn most  of  Southern California into a federal…

Julian Residents Voice Concern about Drone Testing

Residents of the back country communities of San Diego County are sounding off about drone testing. They are concerned about their safety, environment and privacy, but mostly about why they say there are no regulations concerning any of those. By 2020, members of citizen advocacy group “Back Country Voices” say there will be 30,000 unmanned…

Potential Drone Test Site Spurs Concerns In San Diego Back Country

Julian resident John Raifsnider believes drones have eyes, and wandering ones at that. He worries that if San Diego becomes a test site for the technology, the government might use it to spy on local citizens. He’s also troubled by potential fires if a drone crashes. And he has a slew of questions: “What effect…

BILL TO REGULATE DRONES, PROTECT PRIVACY INTRODUCED

November 7, 2013 (Washington D.C.) –The Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act was introduce November 4 in the Senate. “The FAA’s plan falls far short of putting in place the necessary privacy protections for the commercialization of drone use in U.S. airspace,” Senator Ed Markey (D-MA)said in a statement. “This disregard for the need for…

San Diego Supervisor Bill Horn Interview – Bill, for Real

‘I made it over to the Borrego Sun newspaper office well before my interview appointment with Supervisor Bill Horn, but when I arrived, he was already sitting out front visiting with Ellen and Anita.  He called out as I picked up my pace, “I’m early.”  I mumbled something about seeing him the other day (at…

A New Kind of War Is Being Legalized

There’s a dark side to the flurry of reports and testimony on drones, helpful as they are in many ways. When we read that Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch oppose drone strikes that violate international law, some of us may be inclined to interpret that as a declaration that, in fact, drone strikes violate…

Julian California Residents Voice Their Opposition To Drone Testing

Residents of San Diego county are justifiably concerned that new drone technology will soon be tested over their homes and schools. The area has recently been approved as an official FAA drone testing site. The people of Julian, California, in San Diego County, packed a crowded forum on the test site hosted by Back Country Voices. The event brought together a…