Double standards

A reader sent this video link forwarded by a New Zealander about surveillance systems and drones.

It gives technical information about a new unmanned aircraft called the “Hummingbird” – a VTOL-UAS (vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial system).  This has been developed by the U.S. Army, with Boeing and three of them are being deployed to Afghanistan for a year to survey Afghanistan from an altitude of 20,000 feet with the ability to scan 25 square miles of ground surface.

Quite acceptable ? But there is unease about similar systems being used in America

The Examiner notes that Fox News reported that several states are stepping up the fight against the use of surveillance drones by law enforcement while the Campaign for Liberty (C4L) stated that they are working with members of Congress to introduce legislation that would restrict the use of domestic drones for surveillance.

Earlier this month Mario Contini wrote in the Financial Times:

“Sir, I express my deepest sympathy on the death of the eight-year-old Martin Richard, killed while he watched the Boston Marathon. Congratulations to the FT on paying a large tribute to him through a front-page photo.

I would also like, however, to see the photos of the 11 Afghan children, among them a newborn baby, killed by Nato air strike a week ago. Why this double standard?

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