Drones Provide an Eye in the Sky, but Who's Watching Them?
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Unmanned, remote-controlled drones are re-making America's military, and some 30,000 drones of all sizes are expected within American borders by the year 2020. What are the civilian applications? What are the risks? Can rules be developed quickly enough to keep up with a spreading technology? Also, President Obama steps up fundraising efforts after Romney's recent haul, and a Congolese warlord has been convicted for recruiting and using child soldiers. Is it a triumph for the International Court at the Hague or a sign of weakness?
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After Romney's Haul, Obama Steps Up Fundraising Efforts ()
For the second month in a row, President Obama's campaign has raised less money than Mitt Romney's, and the President's attacks on Wall Street and Romney's wealth aren't helping him raise big money. Ken Vogel is chief investigative reporter for Politico.
Is America Ready for Unmanned Drones? ()
The Obama Administration has made unmanned, remotely-controlled drones famous — or infamous -- for the targeted killings of enemies overseas. Predators and Reapers are able to carry missiles and 500-pound bombs. The new Switchblade weighs six pounds all by itself, fits into a rucksack, and can take out a rooftop sniper without destroying the building he stands on. In the next few years, the FAA says, tens of thousands of drones -- some small enough to fly inside buildings -- will be flying within the borders of the US. In the meantime, the $6 billion drone industry has developed a voluntary Code of Conduct. What will they be used for? Should law enforcement install weapons on board? Will surveillance violate privacy rights? What about sharing air space with airplanes big and small? We look at the benefits and the risks of a $6 billion industry that's just beginning to grow.
- Bill Hennigan: Los Angeles Times, @wjhenn
- Peter Singer: Brookings Institution, @peterwsinger
- Catherine Crump: American Civil Liberties Union, @CatherineNCrump
- Steve Gitlin: AeroVironment, @aerovironment
Congolese Warlord Thomas Lubanga Sentenced by the ICC ()
Ten years after its founding, the International Criminal Court at The Hague has sentenced its first defendant. Like all those now facing trial, he's from Africa. Congolese warlord Thomas Lubanga has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for recruiting and using child soldiers in his rebel army in 2002 and 2003. But can the court do its job without more support from major nations, including Russia, China, India and the United States? Paul Seils, who worked in the Prosecutor's Office of the International Criminal Court and took part in putting together the case against Lubanga, is now Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice.
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