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The Urbanization of Drone Warfare: Policing Surplus Populations in the Dronepolis

For actual paper follow this link. Abstract. This paper explores the urbanization of drone warfare and the securitization of the “surplus population.” Defined as a bloc of humanity rendered as structurally unnecessary to a capital-intensive economy, the surplus population is … Continue reading

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A History of Militarized U.S. Policing: Ferguson and Beyond

[This essay is a shortened version taken from a book project I’m working on called The Predator Empire] A History of Militarized U.S. Policing American policing was shaped by colonial contact with the British. Without evidence of criminal activity, British … Continue reading

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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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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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Don’t shoot drones: My top 10 predictions for the future of drones in the U.S.

The U.S.’ Federal Aviation Administration–the organization in charge of American airspace– has warned people that firing at drones endangers the public and property, and could lead to prosecution. What promoted this? An ordinance under consideration at the tiny farming community … Continue reading

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