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Those who attach weapons to drones in Connecticut could soon face a serious criminal penalty.

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A former Central Connecticut State University student who was expelled after equipping a drone with a gun has filed a lawsuit seeking reinstatement to the school.

Is a drone a toy or a (tiny) airplane?

To the Department of Transportation, the question is far from complicated.

"Unmanned aircraft operators are aviators and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Monday while unveiling new drone registration rules.

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If you live in Albany County and you're giving or getting a drone for the holidays, you have time to get it airborne before any "no fly zone" is imposed.  A bill before county legislators that would ban the devices has been grounded for the time being.

Women Against War is hosting news consultant, law professor and author Marjorie Cohn this weekend for presentations on Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal Moral and Political Issues.

Marjorie teaches at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, lectures globally on international human rights and US foreign policy and has done work on the complex issue of military drones. She has been a news consultant for CBS News and a legal analyst for Court TV, and has also provided legal and political commentary on BBC, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR, and Pacifica Radio.

She has testified before Congress and at military trials. She is deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers. She is a former president of the National Lawyers’ Guild and she joins us this morning.

 Scott Shane is a national security reporter for The New York Times, based in Washington DC where he has worked for more than a decade. His new book is, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President, And The Rise Of The Drone. The book tells the story of Anwar al-Awlaki, the once celebrated American imam who called for moderation  after 9/11, but ultimately directed his talents to the mass murder of his fellow citizens. 

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When it comes to unmanned flying vehicles, technology is moving faster than regulation. U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stopped by Albany FBI headquarters Wednesday, continuing his crusade to regulate drones.  "There are reckless drones on the loose in New York, and we've gotta take action to reel them in."

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State Police say the operator of a small radio-controlled hobby drone flying over New York's Capitol last month has been charged with reckless endangerment.

  As robots are integrated increasingly into modern society on the battlefield, on the road, business, education, and health those who design the machines have a stark choice to make: They can design systems that enhance the quality of human work and life or they can design systems that replace humans entirely. Both approaches will reshape the modern world. 

In the new book, Machines of Loving Grace: The Quest for Common Ground Between Humans and Robots, Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times reporter John Markoff explores this issue and looks for an answer to perhaps on of the most important questions of our age; will these robots help us or replace us? 

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Sen. Charles Schumer wants lawmakers to force drone manufacturers to implement technology that would keep the unmanned flying objects away from airports, parades and major sporting events.

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Senator Charles Schumer is introducing legislation forcing the Federal Aviation Administration to require drone manufacturers to implement technology that would prevent the aircraft from entering "no-fly zones" like airports.

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Federal officials are investigating after a pilot reported seeing an unmanned aircraft while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport.

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A 50-year-old Hudson Valley man has been cleared of attempted unlawful surveillance in connection with using a drone-mounted camera to shoot photos and videos of a medical office building.

  From drone warfare in the Middle East to digital spying by the National Security Agency, the U.S. government has harnessed the power of cutting-edge technology to awesome effect. But what happens when ordinary people have the same tools at their fingertips? Advances in cybertechnology, biotechnology, and robotics mean that more people than ever before have access to potentially dangerous technologies—from drones to computer networks and biological agents—which could be used to attack states and private citizens alike.

In The Future of Violence, law and security experts Benjamin Wittes and Gabriella Blum detail the myriad possibilities, challenges, and enormous risks present in the modern world, and argue that if our national governments can no longer adequately protect us from harm, they will lose their legitimacy. We welcome Gabriella Blum to The Roundtable.

Rockland County Legislator Proposes Drone Law

Apr 9, 2015
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Technology is improving faster than public policy can keep up, and that fault line is arguably most obvious in the national debate over drones. Supporters point to drones’ efficiency, but others worry about safety and privacy. Some concerned residents turned out to a public hearing in Rockland County Tuesday to suggest some rewording to ensure proposed drone legislation is not overly restrictive.

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The Rockland County Legislature will hold a public hearing Tuesday evening about a proposed local law that seeks to regulate the use of drones within the county.

Drones Fly Into Limbo

Feb 13, 2015
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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to issue its draft rules for the use of small drones any day now — but that has been the status quo for months.   New York U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has gotten involved, and it's hoped his clout may spur the FAA into making regulations official.

Drones — once the subject of science fiction, popularized on early 2000s TV shows like Dark Angel — are fast becoming common components of everyday life. But regulations have lagged behind technology’s cutting edge.

FAA Weighs In On Central Hudson's Possible Drone Use

Oct 15, 2014
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The federal government says a utility in the Hudson Valley must seek permission before it implements plans to use drones to help inspect power lines and perform other tasks.

Courtesy of The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College has released a guide to key issues about drones. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with co-director of the center Dan Gettinger about the online and print publication called The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues. The primer is free and available at http://dronecenter.bard.edu/publication/the-drone-primer/

WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses NYC police on drone use and Zephyr Teachout collecting the signatures she needs to challenge New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

4/29/14 Panel

Apr 29, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and WAMC Newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include:
Ukraine Sanctions
Grimm Charged
Drone Use
Sterling Update

Syracuse Airport Home For Remote Drone Pilots

Apr 10, 2014
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Military drones piloted from Syracuse attack targets in Afghanistan. Griffiss airport in Rome tapped to test the safety of commercial drones.  With little fanfare upstate New York has become central to adaptation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Last night, the controversy over drones came to Utica.

'Game Of Drones' Preview

Mar 13, 2014
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Next week, law professors, practicing attorneys and other experts will gather in Albany to discuss the use of drones, running the gamut from targeted killing to domestic drone use to drone journalism. 

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Connecticut police are urging state lawmakers not to rush into regulating high-tech unmanned aircraft known as drones. A proposed bill before the General Assembly's Public Safety Committee would allow police to operate drones, but only for legitimate law enforcement purposes.Officers would have to get warrants, unless there's an emergency.

2/20/14 Panel

Feb 20, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Executive Editor of the Poughkeepsie Journal, Stu Shinske and University at Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Ukraine Update
Drone report
NYS Solitary
Ex-Guard to Prison
Poor Church

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A journalist has filed a lawsuit alleging Connecticut police violated his free-speech rights when they questioned him for using a drone to take pictures of a car wreck.

Pedro Rivera's federal complaint was filed Tuesday against the Hartford Police Department. It says officers demanded that he stop flying the remote-controlled aircraft and told his employer that he had interfered with a police investigation.

Paul Elisha: The Robots Are Coming!

Jan 7, 2014

After viewing an especially well crafted Public TV video-history on the Scottish/American naturalist, John Muir’s role in the preservation of America’s National Parks and the founding of The Sierra Club, this commentator was moved to dig deeper and came across an observation, by biographer Donald Worster, who noted Muir’s belief that his mission was  “…..Saving the American soul from total surrender to materialism.”

The Upstate NY Coalition to Ground the Drones & End the Wars

Two Yale students and a long-time peace activist from New England were arrested Monday in a unusual protest at a Central New York air base.  The trio are bent on stopping drone strikes on civilians in distant lands.

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Vermont Congressman Peter Welch and ACLU Vermont Executive Director Alan Gilbert used the Chittenden County Courthouse as the backdrop to express their concerns about the increasing domestic use of drones. Welch, a Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to assure privacy rights are not infringed as more and more law enforcement, businesses and private entities use the technology.

5/29/13 - Panel

May 29, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Ray Graf moderates.

Topics include:
Moms Are Now Primary Breadwinners In 40 Percent Of Homes
Drone Protestors
Racino
Racism
Circling the media wagons

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