Speaking about armed drones to a group in Essex last night I was asked about the use of drones to spy on people in the UK. I get this question regularly since the Guardian reported in January that a number… Read More ›
Month: June 2010
Press Release from Welsh CND: Cymdeithas y Cymod (Wales Fellowship of Reconciliation) held a service and vigil at Parc Aberporth, Ceredigion where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) and their spying and tracking equipment are being perfected for use by arms companies… Read More ›
The Daily Mail has reported that British military special forces have trialled the Silver Marlin, an Israeli-built drone boat. The trials, watched by Special Boat Service and civil servants took place recently in the Middle East. According to the report, the Silver Marlin,… Read More ›
The latest issue of Chatham House magazine The World Today, has a defence of the use of armed drones entitled ‘Drone Attacks: The ‘Secret’ Matrix’ by Amitai Etzioni, Professor of International Relations at The George Washington University. Etzionoi graciously acknowledges that there is… Read More ›
Interesting report from Frank Gardner on Radio 4 focusing on Al-Qaida in Yemen but also looking at the CIA’s use of Reaper drone flying from Djibouti. Second report in a week looking at drones on the Today programme.
Zubedia Malik reports on drone attacks in Pakistan by the CIA and interviews Philip Alston
An MoD spokeswomen has said that the UK and France are half-way through a joint three-month feasibility study into the possibility of jointly producing/purchasing a new drone. The study came to light after the a senior Dassault executive called a press conference to argue… Read More ›
Less than a week after the US government deployed Predator drones over the US-Mexico border the flights have been temporarily halted after a Predator drone ‘went rogue’. According to a US Customs statement to a local Texas paper the drone experienced a “communications loss“. This… Read More ›
Interesting seven minute piece on drones from BBC America.
Amnesty International USA have published a new report, As if Hell Fell on Me’: The Human Rights Crisis in Northwest Pakistan, looking at the impact on civilians of the onging conflict in Northwest Pakistan. Describing the area as a “human rights free zone”, the… Read More ›
They’re not quite picketing Langley yet, but according to this interesting report, some CIA officers do recognize that drone strikes are doing more harm than good and are speaking out against them.
Following up Philip Alston’s report to the UN Human Rights Council, Channel Four have screened a long piece on US armed drones tonight. Sarah Smith, Channel Four’s US Correspondent visits Creech airbase and interviews drone pilots. The report is very focused on… Read More ›