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Aussie police start using unmanned drones to spy on criminals

Aussie police start using unmanned drones to spy on criminals

Southern Australian Police (SAPOL) have invested in multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with infrared cameras to patrol the skies and spy on suspected criminals. Four “off the shelf” quadcopters are already in the process of being purchased — small copters with mounted cameras.

Although civil groups have fervently complained about unmanned surveillance units, Police Minister Michael O’Brien has dispelled concerns

“UAVs represent a cost effective solution for a range of policing operations, especially in situations when using conventional aircraft is too dangerous or costly,” he said. ”They can be fitted with a variety of cameras, can be deployed in minutes, and can fly at heights that effectively make them inaudible from the ground.

The cost of UAVs (and associated training costs) have been estimated at approximately $200,000. O’Brien has dismissed claims from the Australian Council of Civil Liberties regarding the controversial privacy issues.


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July 4, 2013 0 comments Read More
Obama: All nations engage in spying

Obama: All nations engage in spying

In the face of mounting criticism over recently uncovered controversial surveillance tactics by the NSA, US president Barack Obama has defended the agency’s strategy by suggesting that all modern countries do the same thing.

“I guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders. That’s how intelligence services operate,” Obama suggested.

The Guardian reported yesterday that over 35 diplomatic missions, including the Indian Embassy in the US, were the target of surveillance programs and espionage by the United States. French, Italian and Greek embassies were all targets as well.

“We should stipulate that every intelligence service not just ours, but every European intelligence service, every Asian intelligence service, wherever there’s an intelligence service here’s one thing that they’re going to be doing: They’re going to be trying to understand the world better, and what’s going on in world capitals around the world,” he said.

via FirstPost

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July 2, 2013 0 comments Read More
NSA bugs Washington EU offices, EU expresses disbelief

NSA bugs Washington EU offices, EU expresses disbelief

German news Magazine Der Spiegel broke the news earlier today that NSA-sanctioned bugs were installed in the EU building in downtown Washington, DC. The report indicates that the EU’s internal computer network was also infiltrated, with the NSA gaining access to internal emails and documents.

Furthermore, the Der Spiegel report has uncovered evidence linking the NSA to an undercover, eavesdropping operation in Brussels nearly 5 years ago. EU security officers noticed strange calls targeting the European Council, which were ultimately traced back to a NATO-compound NSA office.

Reuters has reported that Martin Schulz, the president of the European Parliament, has expressed severe concerns about US-EU relationships if the report’s findings are confirmed. In an e-mail statement, Martin Schulz said:

“On behalf of the European Parliament, I demand full clarification and require further information speedily from the U.S. authorities with regard to these allegations”

An official spokesman for the Office of the U.S Director of National Intelligence has yet to offer a comment or official statement on the Der Spiegel report or Martin Schulz’s comments.

June 30, 2013 1 comment Read More

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