Happy new year everyone!
Thought I would put together some of my aerial footage of 2013.
All shots were on the North Shore of Oahu, Pipeline.
More winter swells to come!
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Music: Lindsey Stirling - Crystalize.
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Cool! No doubt Glenn Greenwald will think this is aimed specifically at him. Be afraid, dudebros, be very afraid.
he Naval Research Lab just launched a drone from a submerged submarine - giving a huge edge to the future of special operations.
It took six years to develop and launch an all-electric, fuel cell-powered, folding-wing drone aircraft from a submerged submarine. The eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System, or XFC UAS, was fired from the submarine’s torpedo tube using a “Sea Robin” launch system, which is designed to fit within an empty Tomahawk launch canister used for launching Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Hinting at Split on Terror, Republicans Fault Paul Filibuster
By CARL HULSE
Published: March 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham on Thursday assailed Senator Rand Paul’s filibuster of an Obama administration nominee over drone policy a day earlier, suggesting an emerging split in the Republican Party over antiterrorism tactics.
Mr. McCain, of Arizona, and Mr. Graham, of South Carolina, who often team up on national security policy issues, ridiculed Mr. Paul’s suggestion during his more than 12-hour appearance on the Senate floor that the president could order a domestic drone strike on an American citizen without due process. Mr. Paul had said that he would try to hold up the nomination of John O. Brennan as director of the Central Intelligence Agency unless the administration answered unequivocally that President Obama did not have that power.
Mr. McCain, who was a prisoner of war in Vietnam, noted that Mr. Paul had raised the idea that the antiwar activist Jane Fonda could have been singled out for a strike during her criticism of that war. He said that claim was unfounded and that the filibuster, which received the backing of members of the Senate Republican leadership, sent a message that was a “disservice to Americans.”
“To allege that the United States, our government, would drop a drone Hellfire missile on Jane Fonda, that brings the conversation from a serious discussion about U.S. policy into the realm of the ridiculous,” Mr. McCain said.
Eric Holder Issues Non-Denial Denial Regarding Authority of Prez to Assassinate Americans on US Soil
So wait, did the attorney-general just imply that the president can authorize drone strikes on US citizens on US soil? Because that’s what it sounded like. New CIA Director John Brennan said much the same thing when asked by Senator Rand Paul during his nomination hearing. Apparently the administration feels that drone strikes against US citizens on US soil are totes cool.
Like many lawyers might, he used three paragraphs rather than just the one word, but that’s what he said.
For a while now the administration has been refusing to answer this question one way or the other, which anyone with half a brain knew almost certainly meant “yes.” But in a letter dated March 4, the Attorney General finally responded to Senator Rand Paul’s question whether “the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on U.S. soil, and without trial.”
Dear Senator Paul:
On February 20, 2013, you wrote to John Brennan requesting additional information concerning the Adminìstration’s views about whether “the President has the power to authorize lethal force, such as a drone strike, against a U.S. citizen on soil, and without trial.”
As members of this Administration have previously indicated, the U.S. government has not carried out drone strikes in the United States and has no intention of doing so. As a policy matter, moreover, we reject the use of military force where well-established law enforcement authorities in this country provide the best means for incapacitating a terrorist threat. We have a long history of using the criminal justice System to incapacitate individuals located in our country who pose a threat to the United States and its interests abroad. Hundreds of individuals have been arrested and convicted of terrorism-related offenses in our federal courts.
The question you have posed is therefore entirely hypothetical, unlikely to occur and one we hope no President will ever have to confront. It is possible, l suppose, to imagine an extraordinary circumstance in winch it would be necessary and appropriate under the Constitution and applicable laws of the United States for the President to authorize the military to use lethal force within the territory of the United States. For example, the President could
conceivably have no choice but to authorize the military to use such force if necessary to protect the homeland in the circumstances of a catastrophic attack like the ones suffered on December 7, 1941, and September 11, 2001.
Were such an emergency to arise, l would examine the particular facts and circumstances before advising the President on the scope of his authority.
Eric H. Holder, Jr.
tl;dr: It’s a valid question, and when the issue comes up I will let the President know the answer.
Still tl;dr: Yes.
More: Lowering the Bar
OAKLAND, CA—The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department made its first public pitch on Thursday to the county’s Board of Supervisors (PDF) to authorize the purchase of “one to two drones,” coming from a $31,000 state grant.
If eventually approved, the county agency would become the first law enforcement agency in California to deploy a drone. The board did not vote on the item. Coincidentally, the hearing was on the same day that two members of Congress introduced legislation that would regulate the domestic use of drones.
Last week, the City of Seattle canceled its own drone program due to public outcry.
Here, dozens of local citizens came out to voice their opposition to the proposed drone purchase, citing privacy concerns. Many wore bright pink “NO DRONES” stickers on their shirts and jackets.
“I think it’s important to know about the larger context that we’re now hearing, that’s the militarization of law enforcement that is progressing at a breakneck pace,” said Susan Harmon of Code Pink, an anti-war group.
The tiny drone, which was displayed at the hearing and fits disassembled into a small suitcase, can fly for up to 24 minutes at a height of 400 feet and only has a maximum radius of a quarter-mile from the operator. Alameda County Sheriff Gregory Ahearn argued that the drones will be used primarily for search and rescue operations.
Berlin-based filmmaker Christopher Kippenberger believes that quadrocopters—cheap, inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles—are the future of sports film. Kippenberger’s firm, Kippenberger Racing, specializes in aerial photography of auto races and of cars in general for outside clients. The company’s business model is simple: Aerial filmmaking via helicopters is expensive, but aerial filmmaking via drone is cheap.
One of Kippenberger’s latest videos, produced in collaboration with eGarage, takes a look inside Germany’s child go-kart subculture. While conventional cameras were used for the on-the-ground portions of the video, a UAV was used for the awe-inspiring aerial race segments.
In both Europe and the United States, UAV videography is a legal gray area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and their European equivalents have not issued formal regulations and guidelines surrounding drones in the private sector. Much like how the explosive growth of crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo has caused headaches for legislators, UAV technology has advanced too quickly for bureaucrats to handle.
Two US drones aimed at a compound and a motorbike in the Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan killed four militants on Thursday.
Security officials said that the first drone fired two missiles on militants riding a motorbike on the Khaisur Road in Heso Khel village. He added that within a span of a few minutes another drone fired two missiles at a nearby compound killing two more militants raising the total to four.
Soon after the first attack, tribesmen rushed to the area for immediate rescue. “The bodies of the militants were beyond recognition,” a local said, adding that the villagers wrapped the body parts of the militants in a cloth for burial. The militants were identified as members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).
According to the locals, the second attack took place soon after the tribesmen were leaving the site of the first drone attack. The tribesmen said that the drone fired two missiles which struck a compound, killing two militants also identified as members of the TTP.
Iran has urged the United Nations to condemn the violation of its air space by a U.S. drone and sought “clear and effective measures” to end such “dangerous and unlawful acts” against the country.
Mohammad Khazaee, Iran’s permanent representative to the UN, made the appeal in his letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It was dated Dec. 8 and a copy was obtained by Xinhua on Thursday night.
The UN has become analogous to those inflatable hammers you see at children’s parties - you know, those rubber toys that emit a honking sound when you whack someone on the head with it. It has the form of something useful and perhaps even threatening, but in the end it’s something of a joke that is hard to take too seriously. Run too fast? “Boink” goes the hammer. Kill civilians? “Boink” goes the UN. Stick out your tongue? “Boink” goes the hammer. Torture and kill unarmed protesters? “Boink” goes the UN.
Twelve suspected al Qaeda militants were killed in overnight bombings and clashes near Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province in south Yemen, a military officer and a local official said on Tuesday.
“The Yemeni air force carried out a number of strikes on Al-Khamila south of Zinjibar where al Qaeda members were hiding … killing seven and wounding others,” the military officer said, adding that various pieces of equipment belonging to the jihadists were also destroyed.
Witnesses said that a number of residents were wounded in the strikes, although most had fled before the air raids began. Some houses were also damaged, they said.
A senior Shabaab commander who fought in Afghanistan and has close ties with al Qaeda is reported to have been killed in the Predator airstrike that took place in southern Somalia late last month. The report is unconfirmed.
Ibrahim al Afghani is said to have been killed in the June 25 Predator airstrike that targeted a training camp outside of the southern port city and Shabaab haven of Kismayo, according to RBC Radio, a local Somali news service. A “senior officer” for al Qaeda identified as Bilal El Berjawi is said to have been wounded during the strike and has sought treatment at a hospital in Kenya.