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Old February 17th, 2013 #21
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While the use of drones by the US military continues to provoke controversy over claims they’ve been used to killed countless innocent victims, other more positive uses for the technology are also being developed.

In Switzerland a firm of architects is using drones to help develop an entirely new type of architectural structure that could develop into the skyscrapers of the future.

The ‘Flight Assembled Architecture’ project has been developed by architects Gramazio & Kohler in collaboration with Raffaello D’Andrea, Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.



The future skyscrapers, built by drones, could stand more than 600 meters tall and house 30,000 inhabitants



Architects and robotic experts are collaborating on intelligent drones which could help build the skyscrapers of tomorrow

Their concept includes developing small robotic ‘quadrocopters’ to build complex cylindrical towers which they believe could stand more than 600 meters tall and house 30,000 inhabitants.

The drones would operate semi-autonomously and be capable of communicating with one another and independently sensing the height of the tower to place their block accordingly, reports Smithsonian.com.



A prototype of the structure and the drones has been created at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France using model drones programmed to lift 1,500 foam blocks into a complex cylindrical tower standing more than six meters high.

As these images by François Lauginie show the model drones and towers offer a potentially innovative solution for creating high-rise buildings in urban areas where construction can be incredibly difficult and costly.



A prototype has been created using miniature drones to lift 1,500 foam blocks into a complex cylindrical tower



In order for the project to became a reality lighter building products need to be developed which drones would be capable of carrying

At the cutting edge of speculative building technology, construction drones offer a more advanced solution than erecting scaffolding and using cranes.

However for Gramazio & Kohler’s model to become reality will require the development of high-performance lightweight materials, as current materials are too heavy for drones to lift.

These designs help show that there is a world of possibilities for drones beyond warfare.

In the future drones could be programed with different 'skills' or built specifically to perform particular task such as working in areas that aren’t fit for humans or helping in disaster relief and other emergencies.
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I see, so anyone complaining about drones in future will be accused of being against disaster rescue or "racist" because there is an implied question of "where are all the people coming from that we need skyscrapers with room for 30,000 people?"
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MPs are to investigate claims that the Pentagon is running a secret drone war from RAF bases inside the UK.

The move follows The Mail on Sunday’s revelation last week that a drones company is openly recruiting US security-cleared staff to work on American military operations from Britain.

Bosh Global Services, the firm at the centre of the allegations, wants drone personnel to work at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.


Bosh says the new staff should have military experience and will support the US Air Force’s armed drone, the Predator, which has killed hundreds of people in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen.

MPs from the all-party parliamentary group on drones will now consider the evidence of a US ‘operations centre’ at the RAF base at their next meeting.



John Hemming MP, treasurer of the parliamentary group, said: ‘If Americans are involved in extra-judicial killings from the UK then we should be told.’

The committee’s action is supported by Labour’s former Security Minister Lord West of Spithead, who said: ‘If there are drone attacks being operated by the Americans from this country against targets in countries with which we are not at war, then I, the public and Parliament should be made aware.’

Last week Bosh pulled the recruitment documents from its website and removed all references to RAF Waddington.

The revelation has sparked claims of British complicity in the USAF assassination programme, which human rights groups have branded unlawful and is now being investigated by the United Nations.

RAF Waddington has been designated as Britain’s first drone centre but will not be operational until next year, when it will fly five fully armed Reaper drones.

Last night the Ministry of Defence confirmed that Virginia-based Bosh was working at RAF Waddington but was only supporting UK operations. An MoD spokesman said: ‘There are no US Reaper support facilities operating in the UK.’
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Activists from across the UK are to stage a protest next month, calling on the British government to abandon the use of drones as weapons to wage wars and carry out assassinations overseas.


The planned march and rally, dubbed Ground the Drones, has been called by groups including, Campaign Against Nuclear Disarmament (CND), Drone Campaign Network, Stop the War Coalition and War on Want.

British anti-drone activists are planned to assemble at Lincoln rail station on April 27 and then march to the Royal Air Force (RAF) Waddington, in Lincolnshire, east of England, which is a new site for controlling UK's drone strikes.

“Remotely controlled unmanned drones have become the latest way to wage war and thousands have been killed in drone strikes from Afghanistan to Yemen, from Pakistan to Gaza,” said a statement on the official website of the Drone Campaign Network.

The campaign group has also launched an online petition called “David Cameron: End the secrecy surrounding the use of British drones!” demanding an end to the UK government’s secrecy surrounding the use of deadly drones in Afghanistan.

Britain has spent more than £2 billion over the last five years, developing its unethical assassination drones, according to British media reports.

In October last year, the UK military announced plans to double the number of its assassination drone fleet in Afghanistan by deploying new US-made Reaper drones to the Asian country.

The deployment of assassination drones by the US and its allies has led to deaths of at least hundreds of innocent civilians, including many women and children, in the Middle East.
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A group of RAF pilots have become the first to be awarded their wings for flying unmanned aircraft.

The four airmen, who are the first to be trained specifically for the role, will now have the ability to bomb sites and carry out intelligence missions by remotely flying the 11-metre long Reaper MQ-9 aircraft from their desks.

The RAF has created a specialist flying branch for those in charge of Remotely Piloted Air Systems, training the first cohort in the United States because the machines cannot be flown in the UK under current aviation laws.



The pilots trained at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada and will work from the base on operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan, 7,500 miles away.

RAF crew in Afghanistan have initial control of the aircraft for take-off and once in the air, a satellite link-up transfers control over to the RPAS squadron in their offices.

The RPAS pilots then carry out the operation with control passed back to the RAF in Afghanistan for landing.
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The pilots trained at the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada and will work from the base on operations against the Taliban in Afghanistan, 7,500 miles away.
You would think after all these years and billions of £££££££££££££££££££
there would only be about 20 farmers, ooops I mean Taliban left alive to blow up.
 
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You would think after all these years and billions of £££££££££££££££££££
there would only be about 20 farmers, ooops I mean Taliban left alive to blow up.
Kill one Afghani 'Taliban' and ten more are born and created. Afghanistan has not be 'conquered' and does not accept this Israeli designed aggression, nor shall it prevail in the long run.

All these murdering bastards and their technological weapons of murder need to leave Afghani territory.
 
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Kill one Afghani 'Taliban' and ten more are born and created. Afghanistan has not be 'conquered' and does not accept this Israeli designed aggression, nor shall it prevail in the long run.

All these murdering bastards and their technological weapons of murder need to leave Afghani territory.
Bosh Global Services Who pays these, any idea. Taxpayer?
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This link might tell you....but they want $99 to let you look.

Definitely taxpayers, probably out of black ops budgets, or maybe even Defense Department funds.

Here's the whole search that came from. The link I gave above is on page 4.
 
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Bosh Global Services Who pays these, any idea. Taxpayer?
BOSH’s headquarters are located in Newport News, VA. The company also has operations in Hampton, VA; Moreno Valley, CA; Houston, TX; Colorado Springs, CO; Clovis, NM; Sumter, SC; Fayetteville, NC; Syracuse, NY; Tucson, AZ; Fargo, ND; Rapid City, SD; Fairfield, CA; Lakehurst, NJ; Springfield, OH and Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

There might be some mileage in asking why they are only based in 100% white locales.Their corporate picture shows some inaccurate pictures of bantu staring at the control panels.Surely such a new and exciting wholly government financed entity should have more commitment to "diversity" than a few bantu janitors ?
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The head of Google has warned drone technology proves a serious danger to global security and privacy unless an international treaty is put into place controlling the technology fast.

Eric Schmidt today said that the technology for armed unmanned planes will soon pass into the hands of terrorists posing huge security concerns across the globe.

He also said that ever expanding drone technology is making smaller and cheaper models, including nano-drones, which could be used by nosy neighbors spying on each other in a dispute.


'You're having a dispute with you neighbor,' he told The Guardian. 'How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their back yard. It just flies over your house all day. How would you feel about it?'

On Thursday, Idaho's Republican governor signed a law restricting the use of such pilot-less aircraft by police and other public agencies in a bid to protect privacy rights.



The state now requires law enforcement to obtain warrants to collect evidence using drones following in the footsteps of Virginia, which also introduced such a measure.

'We're trying to prevent high-tech window-peeping,' Idaho Senate Assistant Majority Leader Chuck Winder, sponsor of the measure told Reuters.
Google complaining about spying and about hovering round your house spying - lol. Kettle, pot, etc.

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A major British defence company is supplying the deadly US drone programme, which has killed scores of civilians, leading critics to condemn the UK as complicit in ‘war crimes’.

The firm, Cobham plc – which specialises in defence and communications electronics, including satellites – manufactures antennas for armed Predator drones used to launch fearsome weapons on to targets.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the Government has approved a series of controversial export licences for the firm, showing that Ministers are officially sanctioning the controversial US drones war.


The unmanned Predator, armed with Hellfire missiles or guided bombs and with a top speed of 135mph, has been used to find and kill Al Qaeda leaders and terrorists in a series of covert missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Africa.


Human rights groups say that the drone attacks violate international law and kill civilians.

British companies supplying military equipment to other countries must seek approval for contracts from the Government. Last year another British company, GE Intelligent Platforms, pulled out of supplying the Predator programme following an outcry.

But according to a document seen by The Mail on Sunday, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) granted Cobham 31 drone export licences between 2008 and 2012. Many of the parts covered by the licences will end up being used in drones, including the Predator and Reaper.

In its literature, Cobham boasts of its work with the Predator. It says: ‘Cobham’s communications antennas, radar components and sub-systems play important roles in modern UAVs [unmanned aerial vehicles], including the General Atomics Predator family of drones.'


Last night human rights group Reprieve called on the Government to review its policy on granting the licences. Reprieve lawyer Catherine Gilfelder said: ‘US drones hover over towns in non-war zones 24 hours a day, seven days a week, terrorising communities and indiscriminately killing, in violation of international law.

‘The manufacture of components for Predators on British soil further implicates this country in these gross human rights violations.

‘The Government, by condoning the export of these components, is demonstrating a complete lack of concern for those affected by drones and for the UK’s reputation. Export controls urgently need to be tightened in order to end our complicity in this unlawful programme.’

John Hemming MP, a Liberal Democrat member of the all-party committee on drones, said: ‘The UK needs to stop facing both ways on armed drones. They may be efficient and cost effective tools for extra-judicial executions, but they don’t deliver peace.’

And Rehman Chishti, Conservative MP for Gillingham and Rainham, said: ‘It has previously been alleged that the Government has supported the American drone programme through providing locational intelligence and both of these issues raise serious questions about whether the Government has acted in accordance with international law.’

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said that the UK supports the use of armed drones only in Afghanistan where the UN has authorised military action. But the US military also operates armed drones in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, where innocent civilians have been killed in attacks on suspected terrorists.

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills has refused to disclose details of licences on grounds of commercial confidentiality. A spokesman said that human rights issues were properly considered in all export licence decisions.

A spokesman for Cobham, which is based in Dorset, confirmed it supplied antennas ‘to numerous unmanned systems including the US Predator, specifically via our facility in Texas.’
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Thousands of Brits - "Oh dear."

....move on to next story.
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They kill indiscriminately, warns top expert, and now even the terrorists have them




Drones are used for lethal and non-lethal purposes: they can track drug smugglers, monitor borders and search for earthquake victims, and environmentalists use them to catch illegal whalers and loggers.

But the driving force behind the most sophisticated drones remains the military, who use them for spying and killing.

Their proliferation has led to thousands of deaths, the disruption of entire communities and increased political instability.

The US example of sending drones wherever it wants and killing whoever it wants on the basis of secret information is leading to a world of lawlessness.

Innocent lives are snuffed out without a trace of accountability. Drones don’t give their targets a chance to surrender. They simply pulverise them.

This technology extends god-like powers to democratically elected leaders – and potentially to dictators and terrorists.

Those with armed drones include the US, UK, Israel, Iran and China. Some 76 countries all told have drones, with many in the process of weaponising them.

Iran is supplying drones to Hezbollah in Lebanon; South Africa is selling lethal drones to Saudi Arabia; Israel is selling drones all over Africa and Latin America.

The global drones arms race, spurred on by the US, is in full cry. And there are terrifying reasons why we should think very carefully about a world left to their unblinking mercy .


Following the 9/11 attacks on New York in 2001, the US military filled its shopping trolleys with every robot it could find: tiny ones that climb walls and stairs, snake-like ones that slither, and robots to carry soldiers’ heavy loads. They also snatched up every type of drone on the production line and commissioned new ones.



They bought the 38in-long Raven which fits in a rucksack and can be launched by throwing it into the air. They invested in the 27ft-long Predator with its Hellfire missiles, and later the more powerful Reaper version.

The Predator’s infrared camera can identify the heat of a human from 10,000ft in the air, so from 8,000 miles away in Nevada a drone ‘pilot’ or operator can watch an Afghan as he lights a cigarette or talks to friends.

Then the US bought the 40ft-long Global Hawk with its long-range surveillance capability of 40,000 square miles a day. Drones can fly low and slow over hostile terrain, and hover for hours, or all day if need be. The Reaper can linger in the air for about 18 hours. Others have an endurance of weeks.

Then there is the Vulture. Solar panels cover its massive 400ft wingspan and enable it to stay in the air for up to five years.

Boeing has already produced a prototype for its Phantom Ray drone, roughly the size of a fighter jet, which flies itself.


Lockheed’s drones include the RQ-170 Sentinel, better known as the Beast of Kandahar, which has a wingspan of roughly 40ft and is said to have provided surveillance for the operation to execute Osama Bin Laden.

In 2000, the Pentagon had fewer than 50 drones. A decade later, that number had soared to nearly 7,500. Most were used for surveillance, but the number of weapons strikes kept increasing, from 74 in 2007 to 839 by 2012.

The RAF has been piloting Reaper drones from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada since late 2007, and they will soon be flown remotely by pilots at RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

The most extensive drone programme outside a war zone is run by the CIA. Between 2004 and 2012, it conducted more than 350 drone strikes in Pakistan, with a spike of 118 attacks in 2010, killing somewhere between 2,600 and 3,400 people.

Local councils, police and security agencies, private companies and even our neighbours will soon be able to pilot drones over our homes. A former Second World War airfield in Aberporth in Wales is being used as a centre for testing military and civilian drones, including the Watchkeeper surveillance aircraft.

Four police forces have tried them out, and they are used regularly for surveying crops and in the offshore oil industry.

In war zones, It has been claimed that of more than 600 Hellfire missiles fired by Predator drones, 95 per cent hit their targets, with failures attributed to mechanical fault or a target moving at the last instant. But some question this.

In July 2011, British drone operators made a mistake that killed four civilians in Afghanistan with missiles fired from Reaper drones piloted out of Nevada. Even when they do hit their target, there is no guarantee that the victim really is a terrorist and apparently no way of avoiding ‘collateral’ damage.

Also undermining communities is the horrendous US practice of striking one area multiple times, a tactic known as ‘double taps’. With rescuers having been killed for their efforts, people are now afraid to assist the injured.

Drone attacks are stoking an endless fire of violence and revenge.
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Thousands of Brits - "What's this? the terr'ists have them? Let's make more!"
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The RAF has carried out unmanned drone missions against the Taliban from British soil for the first time.

In an escalation of the war in Afghanistan, raids on extremists were flown by 13 Squadron, operating out of RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

The hi-tech Reaper drones are primarily used to gather intelligence on enemy activity on the ground, but they also carry 500lb bombs and Hellfire missiles for precision strikes on insurgents.
Controversy: RAF crews controlling armed Reaper drones in Afghanistan are doing so from British soil for the first time

Controversy: RAF crews controlling armed Reaper drones in Afghanistan are doing so from British soil for the first time, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed

Until this week, RAF crews who control armed drones in Afghanistan have been operating from the Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.

An MoD spokesman said they had been carrying out missions including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, but would not comment on exactly what individual missions had been flown in the past week by drones piloted from the UK.


The pilots in Lincolnshire are operating with British and American colleagues still based in Nevada - but having drone operators in a different time zone makes it easier to coordinate shift patterns and conduct 24 hour operations.

The UK currently has five Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles but Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed in 2010 that the fleet of Reaper aircraft would expand.

The Reaper is the more powerful version of the lethal Predator, a 27ft long drone armed with Hellfire missiles and equipped with an infrared camera capable of identifying a human on the ground from 10,000ft in the air.
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British anti-war campaigners will gather outside RAF Waddington military base later today in protest to the new revelations that the Ministry of Defense is operating armed drones from the Lincolnshire-based drone-command to bomb Afghanistan.


The “Ground the Drones” protest has been called by the Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Drone Wars UK and War on Want.

The protesters want an end to killer drones operations saying they give the politicians the means to kill innocent people and go scot-free.

They say their use from 3,000 miles away (the distance between Waddington and Afghanistan) to launch lethal attacks with no risk of political consequences is a cause of extreme concern.

“Operated far away from conflict zones, drones make it much easier for politicians to launch military strikes and order extrajudicial assassinations without democratic oversight or accountability to the public,” the Stop the War Coalition said.

“Drones are indiscriminate weapons of war that have been responsible for thousands of civilian deaths. Rather than expanding the UK’s arsenal, drones should be banned, just as landmines and cluster munitions were banned,” it added.

The British Ministry of Defense announced on Thursday that they have for the first time carried out drones missions in Afghanistan from British soil, using XIII Squadron.

The Reaper-class unmanned aerial vehicle can carry 500lb (230 kg) of laser-guided bombs as well as Hellfire missiles.

The Stop the War coalition said British government is to double its number of armed Reaper drones in Afghanistan.

This is while Britain has also made orders for new surveillance drones called Watchkeeper, which are being developed by Thales UK and their partner company, the Israeli Elbit.
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Today sees Britain's first national demonstration against unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, as they are commonly known. In the past RAF pilots have operated armed drones over Afghanistan from a US base just outside Las Vegas, but now the UK has started controlling its armed Reaper drones from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire.

The protest at RAF Waddington comes amid British plans to double the number of remote-operated Reaper aircraft from five to 10, with the number of British drones strikes continuing to rise. The UK has launched at least 365 drone strikes in Afghanistan since 2008, but due to the secrecy surrounding Britain's drone wars, we have no idea of the impact of these strikes on the ground.

The government is also funding the development of new drones at BAE Systems and leasing Israeli drones for use in Afghanistan, while awaiting the completion of a new British surveillance drone called Watchkeeper. The Watchkeeper contract was awarded to Israeli company Elbit and its partner company, Thales UK.

Drones make it easier for politicians to launch military strikes and order extra-judicial assassinations without democratic oversight or accountability, and already thousands of people, including many innocent civilians, have been killed. Now is the time to ground the drones before the UK ratchets up even further remote-controlled slaughter.
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Thousands of Brits - "Oh dear."

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Wow thw quoted text in the quoted post is damn fucked up, as we have seen these drones can be hack like the one in Iran a little while ago, so the question is where do we go here with drone tech, I mean pretty soon drones will be carrying nukes if they are already not carrying them at this point in time.
 
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RAF pilots took part in America’s notorious drone programme in Iraq in which hundreds of civilians died, The Mail on Sunday has learned.

Heavily armed drones – using deadly missiles to destroy targets – were flying as many as three missions a week from 2004.


They were operated remotely by pilots, often from bases thousands of miles away.

It had been thought the operations in Iraq, which have been condemned by human rights groups as war crimes, were run solely by the US Air Force. Now the Ministry of Defence has admitted for the first time that British personnel were helping to fly the drones from bases in the United States.

In a statement to Parliament, Armed Forces Minister Andrew Robathan was forced to correct a previous account in which he said the RAF flew US drones only in Afghanistan and Libya.



He said: ‘The answer should have said that UK personnel embedded with the US Air Force have only flown US RPAS [Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems] in support of operations in Afghanistan, Libya and Iraq.’

The MoD conceded that these embedded missions ran from 2004 to 2009, but a spokesman was unable to provide further details. One intelligence source said British pilots would have worked on drone operations in Basra, using Hellfire missiles to target insurgents fighting UK forces.
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See? It's like I said last night - they acclimatise us to things in stages.

a) We've been accused of doing it, but we didn't. No uproar.

b) We weren't doing it, but we're doing it now. No uproar.

c) OK, we did do it. Tenner says there'll be no uproar.
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The people of this country would willingly line up to die if it were approached in stages with the right amount of spin on it.

Drones, electricity cuts, immigration, Liverpool Care Pathway/euthanasia, secret courts, horsemeat - drip drip drip drip until we're used to the idea. Where's the f***ing uproar about these issues?
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Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input 'should not have the power of life and death over human beings,' a new draft U.N. report says.

The report for the U.N. Human Rights Commission this week has called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of killer robots until an international conference can develop rules for their use.

According to the report, the United States, Britain, Israel, South Korea and Japan have developed various types of fully or semi-autonomous weapons.


The U.N. Human Rights Commission deals with legal and philosophical issues involved in giving robots lethal powers over humans, echoing countless science-fiction novels and films.

Report author Christof Heyns, a South African professor of human rights law, focuses on a new generation of weapons that choose their targets and execute them.



He calls them 'lethal autonomous robotics,' or LARs for short, and says: 'Decisions over life and death in armed conflict may require compassion and intuition.

'Humans - while they are fallible - at least might possess these qualities, whereas robots definitely do not.'

He notes the arguments of robot proponents that death-dealing autonomous weapons 'will not be susceptible to some of the human shortcomings that may undermine the protection of life.

'Typically they would not act out of revenge, panic, anger, spite, prejudice or fear. Moreover, unless specifically programmed to do so, robots would not cause intentional suffering on civilian populations, for example through torture. Robots also do not rape.'

His findings are due to be debated at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on May 29.

The report goes beyond the recent debate over drone killings of al-Qaida suspects and nearby civilians who are maimed or killed in the air strikes.
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Drones could soon be delivering everything from post to drugs using a vast international network, a US firm has claimed.

Matternet, a Silicon Valley startup, has already trialled the drone network in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, where they were able to fly for six miles carrying a 2kg payload.

The firm now hopes to expand with an ambitious plan to replace existing delivery systems and set up a global network of 'drone routes' for the gadgets, which can automatically fly themselves.



You've got drone-mail: The US startup hopes to initially use the network to deliver drugs and other supplies to third world countries

HOW IT WORKS

The matternet drones are entirely automated, and will be backed up by a network of 'hubs' on the ground rather like post offices.

These hubs would let the drones pick up and drop of packages, and also recharge their batteries before continuing to the next station.

Control of the drones and the assignment of packages for delivery would eventually be handled by an automated operating system, Matternet says, and orders or requests could be placed and paid for by mobile phone.

The firm hopes to set up recharging base stations for the drones so they can stop and recharge themselves along the way.

Currently the firm has drones that can travel six miles and carry 2kg, but has plans for larger drones with a longer range.



The firm hopes the system will be used initially in rural areas or countries where there is no established road network.
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Six protesters have been nabbed at Britain’s drones command at RAF Waddington after they entered the facility and set up anti-war banners there.


The protesters, including two priests, had also planted a “peace garden” at the facility before being arrested.

The site in Lincolnshire has seen several protests since April when the Ministry of Defense revealed it is using the military base to operate killer drones bombing Afghanistan.

The police has also reportedly ambushed the detainees’ houses and seized their computer equipment.

The detainees said they wanted to expose the impact of the killer drones on global peace and the lives of ordinary Afghans, calling on the government to “disarm” its killer drones.

The move coincided with the fifth anniversary of Britain’s first drone strike in Afghanistan and the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression.

Activists from different anti-war campaign groups, including the Stop the War Coalition, Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Drone Wars UK and Disarm the Drones, have been calling for an end to the killer unmanned aerial vehicles’ operations saying they give the politicians the means to murder innocent people and go scot-free.

“Operated far away from conflict zones, drones make it much easier for politicians to launch military strikes and order extrajudicial assassinations without democratic oversight or accountability to the public,” the Stop the War Coalition said during a protest at the Lincolnsire base back in April.
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