There is an interesting turn of phrase at the bottom of that article, namely,A recent report by the Ministry of Defence said multiculturalism was a significant factor in the public opposition to conflict, as a war-weary public becomes increasingly uncomfortable with seeing British troops deployed to countries from which they once came. --- Lots of issues there.
One of the biggest hurdles to overcome is simply keeping your drone.
Just to keep things straight...drone 1 (drōn)n.1. A male bee, especially a honeybee, that is characteristically stingless, performs no work, and produces no honey. Its only function is to mate with the queen bee.2. An idle person who lives off others; a loafer.3. A person who does tedious or menial work; a drudge: "undervalued drones who labored in obscurity" (Caroline Bates).4. A pilotless aircraft operated by remote control.
It's really like we're targeting a cell phone. We're not going after people -- we're going after their phones, in the hopes that the person on the other end of that missile is the bad guy.
Never get stuck in traffic again: Renault reveals concept car which comes with a DRONE that watches out for gridlock.It's a great idea. The only down side is that one needs a pilot, navigator and rear gunner (American version only) in the back seat.
That way, we all understand that the guys flying models of P-51s and Sopwith Camels are not flying drones, the guy flying a camera-equipped Opticopter is flying a drone.
If drones we'd used for that purpose (snooping on ordinary people) I would be very much against it, but I don't see them being used that way. Of course any new technology can be misused, by authorities, by criminals etc.There are so many benefits to be gained from the use of drones, both militarily and for civilian use. People get lost in the wilderness or at sea where the vastly increased dwell time of drones can help in locating the missing person. Farmers can oversee their crops or livestock more efficiently . . . I could go on, but I'm sure everyone can think of such examples.
WASHINGTON -- He is known as Abdullah al-Shami, an Arabic name meaning Abdullah the Syrian. But his nom de guerre masks a reality: He was born in the United States, and the United States is now deciding whether to kill him.Mr. Shami, a militant who American officials say is living in the barren mountains of northwestern Pakistan, is at the center of a debate inside the government over whether President Obama should once again take the extraordinary step of authorizing the killing of an American citizen overseas.
Trials in absentia are exceedingly rare--most judges and attorneys will never be involved with one. The procedure doesn't jibe with the notion of due process, especially the constitutional right of the accused to confront witnesses. So, judges are careful to make sure that a defendant's absence is truly voluntary, rather than the result of foul play, ill health, or lack of notice, lest they create grounds for an appeal.
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