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McDonnell: We should not be afraid of drones

The drones used by the military cost more than $4 million each, so no civilian agency is rushing to buy one. But there are simpler versions that can be used by law enforcement, and even simpler ones that are used by civilian hobbyists.

Sunday - 12/23/2012, 09:15am EST

Tags: Bob McDonnell

Hobbyist posts video of drone that can shoot (VIDEO)

The video, called "Citizen Drone Warfare," focuses on a drone mounted with a paintball pistol that flies over a field, hitting human-shaped targets with pellets.

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 02:25pm EST

Tags: Citizen Drone Warfare

Homeland Security increasingly loaning drones to local police (VIDEO)

The Department of Homeland Security and its Customs and Border Protection agency have deployed drones -- originally bought to guard America's borders -- to assist local law enforcement and other federal agencies on several occasions. The growing practice raises fears of militarization of local law enforcement, privacy intrusions and unchecked costs to taxpayers, The Guardian reports.

Tuesday - 12/11/2012, 10:46am EST

Tags: washington guardian,


Analysis: The drone groan costing taxpayers

The aerial drone, the government's signature weapon of modern warfare, may be great at hunting down the latest terrorist but its managers could use a lesson in bargain shopping.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 11:41am EDT

Tags: washington guardian,


Drones in region's skies to forever redefine privacy

Whatever the outcome, it's clear drones will forever change the Old Dominion and other jurisdictions nationwide.

Thursday - 06/07/2012, 10:21am EDT

Tags: Virginia Tech, ACLU, epic, Virginia Department of Aviation, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV, Paul D. Shinkman


Commentators: Drones eliminate privacy as well as criminals

"Drones may soon be over your house taking down criminals, and your right to privacy right along with them," says Fox News Channel host and USA Today columnist Bob Beckel. The unmanned aircraft will also be able to listen in on cell phone messages, hack text messages and take pictures of license plates while they track fleeing criminals, he says.

Wednesday - 05/30/2012, 10:02am EDT

Tags: Bob McDonnell, Cal Thomas, Bob Beckel


FAA lists show agencies able to use drones

Virginia Tech is among the places that are allowed to fly drones.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 02:43pm EDT

Tags: FAA

WTOP's Top 5 morning stories

Five stories to keep you informed and get you going.

Tuesday - 04/24/2012, 09:08am EDT

Tags: morning stories, Secret Service, peaceful states, video games, Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals

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