Category Archives: Policing

Third of Britons fear rise of robots – poll

More than one in three Britons fear the rise of the machines will threaten the human race, a survey has claimed. Almost as many worry they could lose their job to robots, and 10% expect to see RoboCop-style police in … Continue reading

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The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion)

The Endgame: The War of All Against All (The Dronification of State Violence, Conclusion) “The practice of violence, like all action, changes the world, but the most probable change is to a more violent world” — Hannah Arendt, 1969[1] The … Continue reading

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Criminals use drones to find cannabis dens

Criminals in the UK are piloting their own heat-seeking drones to locate illegal marijuana farms and then either rob or tax them. According to a local newspaper, there has been a huge surge in the number of hidden cannabis farms … Continue reading

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What does a surveillance state look like? Part II: Blimps over Baltimore

Two aerostats are to be used to create a vast radar net over a 340-mile stretch of America’s northeast skies. From a 10,000 feet vantage point, the blimps–flown from the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground–will be able to detect cruise missiles … Continue reading

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Drone captures Thai protest in Bangkok

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Contraband smuggled into U.S. prison with remote-controlled helicopter

Four men have been arrested for flying contraband goods into a south Georgia prison, using a remotely-piloted helicopter. A lieutenant from the Calhoun state prison noticed a small helicopter hovering over the gates and a search of the area began. … Continue reading

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FAA releases roadmap for opening America’s skies – but it’s not Skynet (yet)

Since the 1990s unmanned aerial systems, or drones, have operated on a limited basis within U.S. domestic airspace–the National Airspace System (NAS). The main user of drones in the NAS were public agencies, such as the military and border patrol. … Continue reading

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Minority Report war-policing: the rush to secure time

The Hollywood film Minority Report, staring Tom Cruise, explores a world in which the  police are able to accurately predict, and stop, a crime before it is committed. The conceit throws up all kinds of interesting philosophical questions of course, … Continue reading

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The “dronification” of U.S. law enforcement

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation has revealed that between 2010 and 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (Predator) drones were used in over 500 flights by other government agencies. This included over 100 … Continue reading

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The domestic drone regime and state power

Glenn Greenwald over at the Guardian has a must-read on why the drone is not simply a “neutral” technology similar in function to a police helicopter, but  an object that is fundamentally transforming the balance between state power and civil … Continue reading

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