Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 10, 2013

Computer Center

Biometric Database of All Adult Americans Hidden in Immigration Reform

Senate Confirms Chair of Privacy & Civil Liberties Oversight Board

Top Contractors Increased Business With Federal Government in 2012

Navy Leaders Try to Rescue LCS From Its Own Report

Pressure Building to Address Military Sexual Assault in Defense Bill

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 7, 2013

DHS

Number Of Names In Terror Database Increases by Over 300,000 In 5 Years

Soldiers Sent Back Into Combat After Concussion Suffer Consequences Years Later

Former Detainee Talks Of Desperation In Guantanamo Bay

Government Auditor Challenges White House Account of Afghanistan Security

Iraqi Officials Fear Full Blown Civil War

Guerrilla Blog Dispatch – May 6, 2013

Ridge Line

US Troops Killed on Deadly Day in Afghanistan

As Us Drone Strikes Rise in Yemen So Does Anger

Israeli Airstrikes on Syria Prompt Threats and Anger

Secretive Spy Court Approved Nearly 2,000 Surveillance Requests

FISA Surveillance Applications Rose Slightly in 2012

Photo: U.S. Army 1st Lt. Brian Smith and U.S. Army Sgt. Jared Adkins, left, both with the 3rd Platoon, Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), scan a distant ridgeline during a patrol in Paktya province, Afghanistan (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Alex Kirk Amen)

Guerrilla Blog Dispatches – May 1, 2013

Obama Sit Room

Obama Moving Toward Sending Lethal Arms to Syrian Rebels

Afghanistan Leader Confirms Cash Deliveries by CIA

How the CIA’s Bags of Cash Undermined the Afghanistan War

Push in Congress to Protect Privacy Amid Growth in Drone Use

Military Sexual Assaults Cost More Than $872 Million

President Barack Obama holds a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

EPIC Issues Recommendations on Domestic Drones and Privacy

Small DroneIn the very near future it is likely that unmanned aerial vehicles, otherwise known as drones, will be a permanent fixture above our heads. But before drones fill the skies of America, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has implemented a plan to integrate drones into the domestic airspace. The plan includes establishing six different test sites around the country to integrate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the national airspace (NAS). The FAA has requested comment from organizations and individuals about this planned integration and this week the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) issued a report on their recommendations.

The report makes five recommendations to the FAA which include clarifying the roles of NASA and the Department of Defense (DOD) in the integration process; mandating compliance by drone operators with Fair Information Practices (FIP); creating a public database of all drone operators that is easily accessible like the manned aircraft database; requiring that drone operators disclose the capabilities of the data collection and surveillance that their drones are equipped with; and establishing a process for an independent auditing of drone operators.

Read the full report here.

Photo: Drone by joss_w.