Alton police officer takes drone training, chief has no plans to buy device

… (https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/fly_for_work_business). The aircraft also must be registered with the FAA. Earlier this year, Madison County Sheriff’s Department spent $29,807 for its industrial, Matrice 600 UAV drone and related equipment …

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Standing at the Crossroads of Violence and Human Rights

Earlier this year, Human Rights Watch’s John Sifton and I met with a nongovernmental organization to discuss options for holding governments accountable for post-9/11 torture. When Sifton said the word “torture” in the course of conversation he clenched his hands and made a twisting motion. “Torture” was taken from the Latin torquere. It means to twist. The hand movement was no coincidence …

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Here’s why one former Taliban captive is calling for a halt to US ‘signature’ drone strikes

Earlier this year, American drones equipped with heat sensors spent hundreds of hours scrutinizing a house in Pakistan’s remote tribal areas. But despite the technology and time, the unmanned aircraft could only “see” so much before one finally attacked the house in January. “They thought there were four militants in the house, and the heat sensors only showed four militants,” says Reuters …

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