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A collection of news items on the current (April 2015) situation in Yemen <br> <br> Global Politics - as in the IB Diploma course of that name (although this page is not connected to the IBO directly in any way)
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Drone Wars: UK Becomes New Pakistan? Live Drone Training Flights Target Local Residents

Drone Wars: UK Becomes New Pakistan? Live Drone Training Flights Target Local Residents | Global Politics - Yemen | Scoop.it

Drone Wars UK understands that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) will announce on Monday (24 Feb) that live training flights of the Watchkeeper drone will begin over Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

 

The Watchkeeper drone has been developed under a £900m MoD contract by U-TacS,  a joint-venture company owned by Thales UK and Israeli company Elbit Systems.  Watchkeeper has now gained certification from the Military Aviation Authority  - who said that the drone has met “an acceptable level for design safety and integrity”  - and has been given an interim release to service, which will allow army crews to begin training flights.  It should be noted that while Reaper drones are flown by RAF pilots with previous experience of flying, the Watchkeeper is operated by the army and flown by members of the Royal Artillery.

earthdog58's insight:

 

I'm not sure which part of this story worries me most.

 

But there is one part that I find specifically unnerving: "the Watchkeeper is operated by the army and flown by members of the Royal Artillery".

 

Now, I am sure the RA chaps are splendid fellows, and good at what they have been trained to do - shoot big guns.

 

I'm not intending to sound frivolous when I ask about the link between flying a drone and being good at video games.

 

The army is already touring the video arcades of the nation, isn't it?

 

 

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Documents reveal NSA’s extensive involvement in targeted killing program - The Washington Post

RT @BernardKeane: NSA involved in extra-judicial targeted killings, or as they used to be known, murders http://t.co/rpgorWnyG7

Via Chris Goldsmith
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"extra-judicial targeted killings" - Orwell would have a field day with modern political euphemism

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Chris Goldsmith's curator insight, October 17, 2013 6:52 AM

interesting stuff on the interplay between intelligence and drones.

earthdog58's comment, October 17, 2013 6:22 PM
"extra-judicial targeted killings" - Orwell would have a field day with modern political euphemism