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Category Archives: Drones: Domestic Use

Drone with Radioactive Material Lands on Japanese Prime Minister’s Office

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:10 PM

So reports the Guardian: Japanese authorities have launched an investigation after a small drone reportedly containing traces of radiation was found on the roof of the prime minister’s office, sparking concerns about drones and their possible use for terrorist attacks. No injuries or damage was reported from the incident on Wednesday. The prime minister, Shinzo . . .
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Help An Elementary School Find Its Lost Drone

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 2:39 PM

It seems Chesterbrook Elementary, of Fairfax County, Virginia, has lost its drone—and now wishes to enlist the help of the community in locating it. Such is the gist of the below email, sent by a school official earlier today. (I have embedded the video and pictures, which are linked in the original.)  Chesterbrook isn’t that far . . .
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Senator Feinstein Intends to Introduce Drone Safety Legislation

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) has announced that she plans to introduce new legislation aimed to “significantly strengthen drone safety laws to protect U.S. airline passengers and U.S. airspace.” The announcement comes in a letter to FAA Administrator Michael Heurta, in which she cites evidence of more than 190 drone safety incidents in the last nine . . .
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Drones, Domestic Detention, and the Costs of Libertarian Hijacking

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 4:28 PM

The more I reflect on last week’s drone contretemps–and what effect the efforts of Senator Paul and his followers has had / may still have on U.S. policy–the more I have a profound and distressing sense of déjà vu. After all, it was barely 15 months ago that a hitherto-unheard-of coalition between what can safely . . .
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Government Uses Lethal Force Against U.S. Citizen on U.S. Soil…

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Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 1:48 PM

I’m not at all happy that today’s news out of upstate New York proves the point that Jack and I (and a cast of dozens) have tried to make about domestic use of lethal force, but it’s worth pointing out the following facts: The target of the government’s use of force, Kurt Myers, is a U.S. . . .
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On Senator Paul’s Filibuster

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 6:36 PM

Recall that Senator Paul asked John Brennan whether he believed the President “has the authority to order lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without a trial?,” and that John Brennan and the Attorney General responded.  Brennan rightly said that CIA has no authorities in this context.  The Attorney General . . .
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Why a “Drone Court” Won’t Work–But (Nominal) Damages Might…

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Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 5:12 PM

There’s been a fair amount of buzz over the past few days centered around the idea of a statutory “drone court”–a tribunal modeled after the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) that would (presumably) provide at least some modicum of due process before the government engages in targeted killing operations, but that, like the FISC, would . . .
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Drones on 16th Street

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM

Somehow, I doubt the FAA would mind these drones over D.C. airspace. Inauguration day drone protest. Hat tip: Josh Gerstein

Guidelines for Governance of Domestic Drones in the US Airspace

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Friday, September 21, 2012 at 1:15 PM

At the risk of tooting my own horn a bit, I am pleased to announce the publication of “Drones in U.S. Airspace: Principles for Governance” a paper I co-authored with three other colleagues at The Heritage Foundation (where I serve as a Visiting Fellow), Steven Bucci, Cully Stimson and James Carafano.  Our goal in writing . . .
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