If you are thinking of buying a drone, here is a list to get you started.
President Obama made light of the use of drones that have historically been the domain of the father’s shotgun if he had concerns with a young man’s intensions with his daughters.
When Anwar al-Awalki and subsequently his son, both American citizens, were killed by drones while living in Yemen, the question raised was: will it happen in America? While it has not yet happened in the U.S., American drones continue to occasionally kill Americans overseas.
While he was attorney general, Eric Holder claimed that the U.S. government would not kill Americans with drones inside the United States but recent legislation in North Dakota smells like the first step. The North Dakota legislature has passed a statute allowing drones to argument police work with TASARs and tear gas. According to the The Daily Beast:
The bill’s stated intent was to require police to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to use a drone to search for criminal evidence. In fact, the original draft of Representative Rick Becker’s bill would have banned all weapons on police drones.
Then Bruce Burkett of the North Dakota Peace Officer’s Association was allowed by the state house committee to amend HB 1328 and limit the prohibition only to lethal weapons. “Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are therefore permitted on police drones.
As a purported safety feature, the legislature added that the drone must satisfy “the requirements of the Constitution of North Dakota,” among other requirements. Read the January 6, 2015 North Dakota House Bill 1328 here.
Kill Chain made an appearance in early March and what a book. This will not be a book review but stand by for one later. Personally, if you’re interested in the Drone business, I wouldn’t wait for a book review, I’d pick up a copy and begin reading, it is that good. Note: the author is a good friend, but for some reason his knowing me did not prevent his writing a fantastic overview of the drone business.
I’ve copied from Amazon this summary of Kill Chain: The Rise of the High-Tech Assassins
An essential and page-turning narrative on the history of drone warfare by the acclaimed author of Rumsfeld, exploring how this practice emerged, who made it happen, and the real consequences of targeted killing
Assassination by drone is a subject of deep and enduring fascination. Yet few understand how and why this has become our principal way of waging war. Kill Chain uncovers the real and extraordinary story; its origins in long-buried secret programs, the breakthroughs that made drone operations possible, the ways in which the technology works and, despite official claims, does not work. Taking the reader inside the well-guarded world of national security, the book reveals the powerful interests – military, CIA and corporate – that have led the drive to kill individuals by remote control. Most importantly of all, the book describes what has really happened when the theories underpinning the strategy — and the multi-billion dollar contracts they spawn — have been put to the test. Drawing on sources deep in the military and intelligence establishments, Andrew Cockburn’s Kill Chain unveils the true effects, as demonstrated by bloody experience, of assassination warfare, a revelation that readers will find surprising as well as shocking.
For your convenience, if you want a copy delivered to your door, you can order it from Amazon here.