What States and Localities Can Do About Drones

PRIVACY PROTECTION: BAN ON THE USE OF DRONES BY FEDERAL AND STATE AGENCIES Charlottesville, Va., passed a resolution that urged the state of Virginia to adopt a two-year moratorium on drones (which it did), urged both Virginia and the U.S. Congress to prohibit information obtained from the domestic use of drones from being introduced into…

Facial recognition, once a battlefield tool, lands in San Diego County

On a residential street in San Diego County, Calif., Chula Vista police had just arrested a young woman, still in her pajamas, for possession of narcotics. Before taking her away, Officer Rob Halverson paused in the front yard, held a Samsung Galaxy tablet up to the woman’s face and snapped a photo. Halverson fiddled with…

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…

Drone Manufacturers Whine That They Are Misunderstood

The AP published a story about how drone manufacturers are worried about the growing “privacy concerns” in the United States concerning the prospect of swarms of government, private, commercial, and hobbyist UAVs taking to the air once the U.S. Federal  Aviation Administration works out how to let them fly safely in U.S.  airspace. The agency…

Drone Development Has Exceeded The Pace Of The Law

Perhaps any technology born for war and covert surveillance was fated to struggle in its attempt to make a transition to domestic life. That is certainly the case for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS), better known as “drones,” which are experiencing an arduous journey from foreign battlefields to the public airspace…

Predator Drone Maker and Pot Foe Throws Down for San Diego GOP

Uranium miner General Atomics, maker of deadly drones and other high-tech battle gear, joins the war for San Diego mayor U-T San Diego publisher Douglas Manchester, the well-heeled Republican hotel magnate and associate of the conservative Koch brothers, has just received some more big time conservative reinforcement in his mayoral proxy war with San Diego’s…

Nuclear UAV Drones Could Fly for Months at a Time

A General Atomics MQ-9 (aka Predator B, Reaper or Guardian) UAV drone’s flight duration could be increased from days to months with the addition of a nuclear power source according to military research. Nuclear-powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that would increase operational flight durations from days to months are a technological possibility today, according to…