As the nation’s fleet of small recreational and commercial drones keeps soaring — the government projects nearly 3 million will be in the skies by 2022 — safety concerns are rising even as federal enforcement stalls.
The day is rapidly coming when drones will be a key part of local television news coverage.
How much faith can (or should) news organizations place in the U.S. government’s word that it isn’t killing innocents in drone attacks?
Expanding social media use means the Yemeni government can no longer spin its anti-Al Qaeda campaign as it wants, particularly when it comes to alleged US drone strikes.
Illegal in the US, newsgathering drones are taking off in Latin American media.
The US drone strike that killed Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud infuriated Pakistanis and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif insisted peace talks with the group will go forward.
Obama hosts Nawaz Sharif Wednesday, and with the often-rocky US-Pakistani marriage now in kiss-and-make-up mode, the leaders are expected to emphasize issues that unite, rather than divide (drones).
News reports about government spying – including the use of drones in the US – are worrying many Americans. In protest, one tiny Colorado town is issuing “drone hunting” licenses.
With Yemen yet again in the news last week because of the local Al Qaeda group, Yemenis want the US to begin addressing what they consider their real problems.
Yemen appeared to back away from claims it had foiled a grandiose plot, and some terror experts wondered if the US, which launched three more drone strikes, had been duped by Al Qaeda into closing its embassies.
Local Islamic leaders are worried about the U.S. response to a former Minnesotan’s lawsuit against the government for killing his son and grandson.
Locals in Yemen’s Mareb province say they live in constant fear that drones will damage more than their intended targets.
The X-47B drone made the carrier landing off Virginia Wednesday. How military leadership decides to put the drone into use will form the crux of ‘naval doctrine moving forward,’ one expert says.
FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the FBI is using drones to conduct secret surveillance on US citizens. Many lawmakers seemed surprised.
With the first drone strike in Pakistan after its landmark elections, all eyes are on new leader Nawaz Sharif, who has spoken strongly against drones.
In a speech Thursday, President Obama acknowledged some of the complexities involved in the drone war. A new presidential directive released this week says that the Pentagon, rather than the CIA, should ‘have the lead for the use of force.’
A news report suggests that authority for the US drone program could shift from the CIA to the Pentagon. Critics hope that would open it to more oversight from Congress and citizens.
Drones are not just for tracking terrorists abroad. Some 327 are authorized to fly in US airspace – most for military training. But as their numbers grow, so is domestic scrutiny.
Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster got results: the White House acknowledged that killing US citizens suspecting of being terrorists must follow the rule of law. But it also shook up the Republican caucus.
The White House is under pressure about targeting terrorists with drones, including a filibuster by Sen. Rand Paul. Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate committee, ‘I heard you and the president heard you.’