Category Archives: Drones

Gatwick runway reopens and ‘limited’ flights resume amid drone chaos after MoD deploys ‘specialist equipment’ – but thousands of passengers still face huge disruption as desperate police hunt for ‘lone-wolf eco warrior behind attack’

The runway at Gatwick has re-opened today hours after the Army deployed weapons the neutralise the drone terrorising the airport – but the hunt for the rogue pilot who taunted police for 36 hours continues.

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‘Don’t Come To Gatwick Tomorrow’: Airport Drone Chaos Spreads Into Busiest Travel Day Of The Year With Airport Chiefs Cancelling All Flights ‘For The Foreseeable Future’ As Hunt For Pilot Bringing Misery To Tens Of Thousands Of Festive Fliers Continues

The airport remained shut today as the unmanned aircraft was spotted again over the runway, prompting a game of cat-and-mouse with police before the Army was called in this afternoon.

Even if this isn’t jihadists, you can be sure they’re paying close attention.

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This is the week that the drone surveillance state became real

Affordable consumer technology has made surveillance cheap and commoditized AI software has made it automatic.

Those two trends merged this week, when drone manufacturer DJI partnered June 5 with Axon, the company that makes Taser weapons and police body cameras, to sell drones to local police departments around the United States. Now, not only do local police have access to drones, but footage from those flying cameras will be automatically analyzed by AI systems not disclosed to the public.

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Sacramento Residents Buzzed Over Government Drone Snooping on Community

Fret not, Californians, that’s not ET, it’s a security drone from the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA), and it’s not on the lookout for undrawn curtains, but rather illegal dumping or trespassing on two local communities.

Well sure, you can trust the California government.

And SHRA is just a little too close to you-know-what for me.

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Connecticut Set To Become First State To Allow Deadly Police Drones

Connecticut could become the first US state to allow police to use drones equipped with deadly weapons if a bill opposed by civil libertarians becomes law. The bill, which was approved overwhelmingly by the state legislature’s judiciary committee on Wednesday, would ban so-called weaponized drones in the state but exempts police and other agencies involved in law enforcement, the AP reported. The legislation was introduced as a complete ban on weaponized drones but just before the committee vote it was amended to exclude police from the restriction.

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