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…

Proposed drone test site worries the backcountry

At the Pines Hills area home of Lisa Elkins, Lisa’s cat “Phineas” relaxes next to a map of California that depicts the area of the state that’s planned for a federal drone test site. Planning how they’ll fight it are local residents John Raifsnider, left, and Laurel Granquist, at right. — Charlie Neuman San Diego…

Written testimony of U.S. Coast Guard Uses C4ISR Systems

Written testimony of U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Commandant for Capability Rear Admiral Mark Butt for a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing titled “How to Improve the Efficiency, Safety, and Security of Maritime Transportation: Better Use and Integration of Maritime Domain Awareness Data” Release Date: July 31,…

Collect it all: America’s Surveillance State

Fault Lines investigates the fallout over the NSA’s surveillance programme in the US and abroad. Some of the US’ best secrets are out since former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden released thousands of classified documents about government surveillance in one of the most significant leaks in US history. He has been charged with…

Help Put A Stop To Warrantless Drones Spying On Americans

U.S. law enforcement is greatly expanding its use of domestic drones for surveillance. Routine aerial surveillance would profoundly change the character of public life in America. Rules must be put in place to ensure that we can enjoy the benefits of this new technology without bringing us closer to a “surveillance society” in which our…

Status of Domestic Drone Legislation in the States

ACLU Updated 10/9/13 We’re currently seeing an unprecedented surge of activity in state legislatures across the country aimed at regulating domestic surveillance drones. (My colleagues Jay Stanley and Catherine Crump have this recent piece detailing the trend.)  Working closely with our lobbyists in state capitols around the country, we have been tracking this activity and…