Showing posts with label drones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label drones. Show all posts

John Charlton: Connecticut Cops Push For Armed Drones

To promote "public safety."  The drone discussion has been buzzing around the state Capitol for hearings this week. Monday, a bill to ban the weaponization of drones was discussed, and on Tuesday, a bill to control the use of drones in many ways, including by law enforcement agencies, was debated. Lawmakers listened to testimony concerning      ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: Television, Football & Politics: Gaming Spectacles Designed To Keep The Police State In Power

Freedom is an action word.    When a population becomes distracted by trivia, when cultural life is redefined as a perpetual round of entertainments, when serious public conversation becomes a form of baby-talk, when, in short, a people become an audience and their public business a vaudeville act, then a nation finds itself at risk;    ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: What’s In Store For Freedom In 2016?

You might want to sit down for this.       As I illustrate in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we in the emerging American police state find ourselves reliving the same set of circumstances over and over again: egregious surveillance, strip searches, police shootings of unarmed citizens, government spying,        ... MORE

Henry Austin: North Dakota Becomes The First American State To Legalize Deployment Of Armed Drones By Police

The state gets a new toy.  Armed drones could be used by police in the US state of North Dakota after local lawmakers legalized their use. While they will be limited to “less than lethal” weapons, tear gas, tasers, rubber bullets and pepper spray could all be used in theory by the remote controlled flying machines. In a classic case of unintended      ... MORE

John W. Whitehead: Freedom Or The Slaughterhouse?

The American Police State from A to Z.    For those whose minds have been short-circuited into believing the candy-coated propaganda peddled by the politicians, here is an A-to-Z, back-to-the-basics primer of what life in the United States of America is really all about.  A is for the AMERICAN POLICE STATE. As I point out in my book   ... MORE

Veronique de Rugy: The Tip Of The Regulatory Iceberg

Crippling innovation speeding the growth of government. In 2014, the government issued 2,400 new regulations, including 27 major rules that may cost $80 billion or more annually. They range from forcing restaurants to list the number of calories in food—even though past experiments have revealed that such measures fail to change     ... MORE

Andrew Napolitano: The Tyranny Of One Man's Opinion

Having your own kill list.         Thomas Cromwell was the principal behind-the-scenes fixer for much of the reign of King Henry VIII. He engineered the interrogations, convictions and executions of many whom Henry needed out of the way, including his two predecessors as fixer and even the king's second wife, Queen Anne. When Cromwell's son,  ... MORE

Meet Chuck Schumer, The Next Senate Minority Leader

by Nick Gillespie.     A partial listing of some of things that the NY political hack has tried to ban. It's long been said that the most dangerous place in Washington is between Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and a TV camera. With news of the resignation of the historically awful Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the odds are good that Schumer will now ascend  ... MORE

Jose Pagliery: Expect Heavy FAA Drone Regulations

Government rapidly seeks to curb new freedom.  Farmers want drones to survey fields. Wedding photographers want them for moving aerial shots. They might soon need a pilot's license. By year's end, the Federal Aviation Administration will unveil proposed rules that apply to anyone flying a small drone that's even remotely for business   ... MORE

Wait Until Ferguson Police Get Federally Funded Drones

by Gene Healy.   Dystopian military toys pointed at citizens. Through the fog of Twitter, it's difficult to discern the precise details of what's been happening in Ferguson, Mo., in the 10 days of protests spurred by the police killing of an unarmed teenager. Still, maybe it's not too early to wonder: When, exactly, did the United States become a banana  ... MORE

Tim Cushing: Los Angeles Police Suddenly Develop Privacy Concerns When A Drone Flies Over Their Parking Lot

Funny how that works.           If your irony detector seems to be malfunctioning, this video of Los Angeles police officers confronting some activists flying a drone over a LAPD parking lot should reset it. At the very least, it should at least indicate whether the batteries need to be changed, as any powered irony detector should have the      ... MORE

John Stossel: Mindless Drones

As mindless as those who regulate them.   Drones — unmanned flying machines — will soon fill our skies. They conjure up fears, especially among some of my fellow libertarians, of spying and death from above. These fears aren't groundless. President Bush approved the use of armed drones against suspected terrorists overseas, and President     ... MORE

Jesse Walker: The Public Turns Against War

Saber rattling doesn't poll well anymore.      After a civilian airline was shot down over Ukraine last week, America's hawks stepped up their calls for a more muscular intervention in the country, with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) calling the White House "cowardly" because it hasn't armed the government in Kiev. But a new YouGov survey shows  ... MORE