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War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq

War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq
The prospect of the U.S. military returning to the fight in Iraq has turned congressional hawks into doves. Lawmakers who eagerly voted to authorize military force 12 years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and destroy weapons of mass destruction that were never found now harbor doubts that air strikes will turn back insurgents threatening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government and Baghdad. Fears of Mideast quagmire and weariness after a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan loom large for even those who talk tough on national security. More than 6,000 Americans died in those wars, which cost a trillion dollars.
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Donna Cassata and Bradley Klapper
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Fly the Unmanned Skies: FAA Approves Commercial Drone Flights Over Land

Fly the Unmanned Skies: FAA Approves Commercial Drone Flights Over Land
The Federal Aviation Administration said Tuesday it has granted the first permission for commercial drone flights over land, the latest effort by the agency to show it is loosening restrictions on commercial uses of the unmanned aircraft. The BP energy corporation and drone maker AeroVironment of Monrovia, California, have been given permission to use a Puma drone to survey pipelines, roads and equipment at Prudhoe Bay in Alaska, the agency said. The first flight took place on Sunday.
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Joan Lowy
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10 More Years: Obama Secures Foothold for Killer Drone War in Africa

10 More Years: Obama Secures Foothold for Killer Drone War in Africa
The United States has agreed to sign a long-term lease agreement with the government of Djibouti, President Obama announced Monday, cementing the U.S. military's presence at Camp Lemonnier, a key foothold for the killer drone program.
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Navy's Debut of Laser Technology 'Fundamentally Changes the Way We Fight'

Navy's Debut of Laser Technology 'Fundamentally Changes the Way We Fight'
Some of the Navy's futuristic weapons sound like something out of "Star Wars," with lasers designed to shoot down aerial drones and electric guns that fire projectiles at hypersonic speeds. That future is now. The Navy plans to deploy its first laser on a ship later this year, and it intends to test an electromagnetic rail gun prototype aboard a vessel within two years.
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David Sharp
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NSA Metadata Used In Drone Assassination Program

NSA Metadata Used In Drone Assassination Program
The National Security Agency's metadata – the information gleaned from indiscriminate trolling of the nation's communication networks – is being used in the United States' drone program. The near constant revelations of new, and possibly illegal, uses of that metadata have rocked the NSA in the last year.
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Police Chief on Using Drones: 'I Want Them To Be Worried We’re Watching'

Police Chief on Using Drones: 'I Want Them To Be Worried We’re Watching'
“I want them to be worried that we’re watching. I want them to be worried that they never know when we’re overhead.” That's what Police Chief Richard Biehl of Dayton, Ohio told the Washington Post while referring to the people of his city as he supported new aerial surveillance technology.
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Protests In Pakistan Force US to Consider Air Routes for Supplies, to the Tune of $1B

Protests In Pakistan Force US to Consider Air Routes for Supplies, to the Tune of $1B
The US may be forced to choose air routes for supplies in and out of Pakistan after protests made the southern land route almost entirely impassable. Air transportation comes with a five to seven times greater cost.
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Five Acts of Terror Since 9/11 - By the People We Chose to Protect Us

Five Acts of Terror Since 9/11 - By the People We Chose to Protect Us
Every clear-thinking American knows that education and jobs are needed more than armed guards in poor neighborhoods. But average Americans are led to believe in a terrorist threat that may or may not exist, and that in any case is greatly exaggerated, while the corporate/military/political complex creates new forms of terror to safeguard the assets of the rich.
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Does the US Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?

Does the US Pay Families When Drones Kill Innocent Yemenis?
There have been nine drone strikes reported in Yemen in the past two weeks – an uptick apparently connected to the Al Qaeda threat that shut down U.S. embassies across the Middle East and Africa. As many as six civilian deaths have also been reported.
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Government Hack: Richard Clarke Warns That Feds Can Remotely Control Cars

Government Hack: Richard Clarke Warns That Feds Can Remotely Control Cars
One of the key whistleblowers of the last 20 years, Richard Clarke is speaking up again. This time about the government's ability to remotely control your car and turn it into a weapon for assassination.
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