• Democrats’ ‘smart border’ technology is not a ‘humane’ alternative to Trump’s wall

    In response to President Trump’s demand for $5.7 billion for a physical barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border, and his threat to shut down the government again on Feb. 15 if Congress doesn’t provide it, Democratic Congressional leaders are promoting an alternative they refer to as a “smart border.” This is essentially an expansion of existing technologies like remote sensors, integrated fixed-towers, #drones and other #surveillance assets.

    On Jan. 29, Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), the third-ranking Democrat in the House, wrote an op-ed in The Hill arguing that this kind of “smart border” is preferable to a physical wall because it will “create a technological barrier too high to climb over, too wide to go around, and too deep to burrow under,” resulting in an “effective, efficient and humane” alternative to Trump’s border wall. Meanwhile, the “opening offer” announced on Jan. 31 by the Democrats in bipartisan budget negotiations included $400 million for this “smart border” surveillance package.

    In a recent peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Borderlands Studies, we raised fundamental questions about these kinds of “smart border” technologies, including their humanitarian implications. Using geospatial modeling and statistical analysis, we show how previous “high-tech” border solutions failed to deliver on their operational objectives; instead of preventing unauthorized crossing, the surveillance network simply shifted migration routes into much more difficult and remote terrain, with a measurable impact on the geography of migrant deaths in the southern Arizona desert.

    From 2006 to 2011 the United States appropriated $3.7 billion for the SBInet system, intended as a high-tech network of ground sensors connected to integrated fixed towers mounted with infrared, high-resolution cameras and motion-detecting ground radar. Experimentally deployed southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the surveillance network aimed to provide the Border Patrol “complete situational awareness” through the real-time, automated integration of multiple sources of surveillance data.

    The outcomes delivered by the SBInet program fell well short of these aspirations, however. In 2010 the Government Accountability Office concluded that the Department of Homeland Security had “yet to identify expected benefits from the [program], whether quantitative or qualitative.” After continuous operational shortcomings and delays, in 2011 the Obama administration quietly canceled the program.

    Simultaneously, the area where SBInet was deployed has become a “land of open graves,” according to anthropologist and 2017 MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Jason De León. From 2006 to 2011, at least 1,267 people died in southern Arizona attempting to cross the border. A significant majority of these deaths were the outcome of exposure to the elements: dehydration, hyperthermia and exhaustion. Meanwhile, during this same period the rate of death (the number of deaths / 100,000 Border Patrol apprehensions) skyrocketed, nearly tripling between 2008 and 2011 alone.

    These deaths are the result of many factors. But our research shows that significant among these has been the expansion of border surveillance technology. Using Geographic Information Science, we analyzed the mapped location of human remains pre- and post-SBInet. We then plotted the visual range of the SBInet system using publicly-available information on the location of the towers and the operational reach of their various components.

    Next, we created a model using variables like vegetation, slope and terrain to measure the physiological difficulty associated with pedestrian transit along different routes of travel. We found a meaningful and measurable shift in the location of human remains toward routes of travel outside the visual range of the SBInet system, routes that simultaneously required much greater physical exertion, thus increasing peoples’ vulnerability to injury, isolation, dehydration, hyperthermia and exhaustion.

    Our research findings show that in addition to its monetary cost and its questionable operational efficacy, the “smart border” technology presently being promoted by the Democratic congressional leadership contributes to deadly outcomes.

    Based on these findings there is a need to reconsider the premise that surveillance technology and infrastructure can provide a “humane” alternative to Trump’s border wall (a proposal we also consider to be wasteful and destructive). Instead, we’d like to see a shift in U.S. border policy that genuinely prioritizes the protection of human life, regardless of a person’s citizenship or immigration status.

    This kind of shift, of course, would require reforms not just to the Border Patrol and its enforcement strategy, but to U.S. immigration policy overall, allowing people to seek safety or reunite with family and loved ones without risking their lives crossing through the desert.

    https://thehill.com/opinion/immigration/429454-democrats-smart-border-technology-is-not-a-humane-alternative-to-tru

    #frontière_intelligente #alternative (?) #murs #barrières_frontalières #frontières #smart_border #smart_borders #technologie #mourir_aux_frontières #morts #décès

    En gros:

    Our research findings show that in addition to its monetary cost and its questionable operational efficacy, the “smart border” technology presently being promoted by the Democratic congressional leadership contributes to deadly outcomes.



  • Google Hired Gig Economy Workers to Improve Artificial Intelligence in Controversial Drone-Targeting Project
    https://theintercept.com/2019/02/04/google-ai-project-maven-figure-eight

    Millions of gig economy workers around the world now earn a living on so-called crowd worker websites — work that falls under the umbrella of crowdsourcing, or dividing up tasks into minuscule portions to spread over a large number of people. The sites pay as little as $1 an hour for individuals to perform short, repetitive tasks, such as identifying images seen in pictures and churning out product reviews. Some of these crowd workers were unknowingly helping to build out the Pentagon’s (...)

    #Google #algorithme #drone #militarisation #BigData #ProjectMaven #travail


  • Le ciel américain va s’ouvrir aux #drones commerciaux
    https://www.lemonde.fr/la-foire-du-drone/article/2019/01/16/le-ciel-americain-va-s-ouvrir-aux-drones-commerciaux_5410106_5037916.html

    Cet assouplissement de la réglementation, qui était initialement programmé pour entrer en vigueur dès 2016, a été retardé, notamment pour prendre en compte d’éventuelles menaces terroristes. Il intervient alors que l’aviation civile multiplie déjà les dérogations. Quelque 1 223 autorisations ont été accordées pour réaliser des vols de nuit – apparemment sans aucun incident – et au moins 23 opérations comportant un survol du public ont été octroyées à des sociétés telles que Google ou CNN.

    Pourtant,

    Why Drone Sightings Keep Grounding Flights at Airports Across the World | AFAR
    https://www.afar.com/magazine/drone-sightings-keep-grounding-flights-heres-why-thats-happening

    The ability of drones to interfere with airliners—and inconvenience passengers—has now been demonstrated on two continents, and the problem is likely to get worse as the number of small, unmanned devices multiply.


  • Traumatic amputations caused by drone attacks in the local population in Gaza: a retrospective cross-sectional study
    Hanne Heszlein-Lossius, Yahya Al-Borno, Samar Shaqqoura, Nashwa Skaik, Lasse Melvaer Giil, Mads F Gilbert
    The Lancet 3:e40–e47 (2019)
    https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanplh/article/PIIS2542-5196(18)30265-1/fulltext

    Compared with other methods of weapons delivery, drone strikes caused the most traumatic amputations in surviving Palestinian citizens from 2006–16 during Israeli military incursions and periods of cease-fire in Gaza. Explosive weapons delivered by military drones inflicted more severe injuries in survivors than non-drone delivered weapons did. Our study shows the need for a specific legal framework for remote-controlled, human-directed weaponised drones that are used as carriers of attack weapons.

    #Palestine #Recherche #Science #Santé #Blessés #Guerre #Drones #Médecine #Apartheid #BDS #Boycott_universitaire #Gaza #Nakba #Marche_du_retour


  • L3 ASV and Dstl Complete 1,380 km of Autonomous Reconnaissance Missions at Autonomous Warrior – gCaptain
    https://gcaptain.com/l3-asv-and-dstl-complete-1380-km-of-autonomous-reconnaissance-missions-at-


    L3 ASV and Dstl Complete 1,380 km of Autonomous Reconnaissance Missions at Autonomous Warrior

    L3 ASV announced the completion of a series of demonstrations at the Australian Defence Showcase, Autonomous Warrior 18, in Jervis Bay, Australia. In support of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), L3 ASV operated a 9-metre (30ft) vessel outfitted with advanced autonomous navigation capability for reconnaissance, interdiction and patrol tasks.

    The vessel, dubbed MAST-9, operated in fully autonomous mode, including COLREG aware collision avoidance, navigating the waterways at speeds of up to 40 knots, for over 80 hours, across the two-week event. MAST-9 successfully executed seven different task types comprising loiter, shadow, interdict, survey, patrol, target tracking and inspection.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9AShs4ypzs

    #drone naval


  • Yémen : spectaculaire et meurtrière attaque de drone contre l’armée loyaliste
    https://www.france24.com/fr/20190110-yemen-rebelles-houthis-attaque-meurtriere-spectaculaire-drone-arm

    Un drone lancé, jeudi, par des rebelles houthis visant des soldats de l’armée loyaliste a fait six morts et 12 blessés. Un « coup dur aux efforts de l’ONU pour résoudre la crise », estime le ministre yéménite de l’Information.

    On ne sait pas encore quels sont les militaires, de haut rang ou non, qui ont été tués dans une attaque qui ne manquera pas d’intéresser au plus haut point beaucoup de militaires, les Israéliens en particulier... Personne ne le note mais, pour une fois, ce n’est pas un drone US qui cogne sur un mariage...

    #yemen #drone


  • #Penan Community Mapping: Putting the Penan on the map
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwGdEzh1e3w


    #cartographie #visualisation #peuples_autochtones

    #vidéo reçue via la mailing-list du Bruno Manser Fonds (26.12.2018):

    Chères amies, chers amis du Bruno Manser Fonds,

    Que diriez-vous d’une brève pause durant les fêtes ? Alors prenez-vous 12 minutes et apprenez comment les Penan sauvent la forêt pluviale avec des cartes topographiques.

    Avec la publication de 23 #cartes_topographiques de la forêt pluviale par le Bruno Manser Fonds, soudainement les Penan prennent vie sur la carte. Sur les documents du gouvernement, les rivières dans la zone penane n’ont pas de nom et les arbres utilisés par les Penan pour récolter le poison à flèches ou pour fabriquer des sarbacanes ne sont même pas signalés. Pour le gouvernement, les Penan ne disposent d’aucun droit sur leur forêt traditionnelle. C’est là qu’interviennent les cartes que nous avons publiées : elles démontrent les #droits_territoriaux des Penan et constituent un précieux instrument dans la lutte contre les sociétés forestières, qui défrichent illégalement la #forêt.

    Apprenez dans le bref #documentaire comment ces cartes servent la #forêt_pluviale et les autochtones ! Nous vous souhaitons beaucoup de plaisir à visionner la vidéo !

    Notre travail de cartographie a éveillé un grand enthousiasme en #Malaisie. D’autres villages de Penan, de même que d’autres groupes ethniques, se sont adressés à nous en nous demandant également de soutenir la cartographie de leur forêt pluviale. Ils souhaitent, au moyen des cartes, faire cesser les défrichages et la mise en place de plantations de #palmiers_à_huile sur leurs terres.

    #déforestation #cartographie_participative #huile_de_palme #cartographie_communautaire #résistance #Bornéo #visibilité #Sarawak #Baram #biodiversité #répression #community_mapping #empowerment

    –-------------

    Quelques citations tirées de la vidéo...

    Rainer Weisshaidinger, of the Bruno Manser Fonds:

    “When we came to the Penan area, the maps we had were from the British. They were quite good in telling us the topography, but there were no names. It was empty maps. The British cartographers did not have the chance to go to the communities, so very few rivers had names in these maps”

    #toponymie #géographie_du_vide #vide #cartographie_coloniale #colonialisme #post-colonialisme #exploitation

    “Joining the Federation of Malaysia on 16th of September 1963, Sarawak was granted self-government free from the British colonial administration. However, the government undertook no effort to map the interior areas. This lead to unfair and unsustainable #exploitation of the land and its people”
    #terre #terres

    Voici un exemple des cartes officielles:


    Comme on dit dans la vidéo: il n’y avait pas de mention des rivières ou des montagnes, ou des noms de villages...

    Simon Kaelin, of the Bruno Manser Founds:

    “The perspective from the government for this area... It was an empty area, for logging activity, for palm oil activity. Open for concessions and open for making big money”

    #extractivisme #concessions #déforestation

    Lukas Straumann, of the Bruno Manser Founds:

    “If you have a map with every river, having names (...) you see that it has been used for hundered years, it makes a really big difference”
    "The Penan started mapping their lands back in the 1990s, when they heard from indigenous people in #Canada that they have been very successful in claiming back their lands from the Canadian government, with maps

    Rainer Weisshaidinger, of the Bruno Manser Fonds:

    “To understand why these maps are important for the Penan community, it is because there is the Penan knowledge inside these maps”

    #savoir #connaissance

    Bateudah, community mapper:

    “Our work is to map the land. This is very important because it makes our community’s boundaries visibile”

    Rose Melai, community mapper:

    "All that is important in the forest is on the maps.

    The Penan worked about 15 years on their map...
    Au total, ils ont produit 23 cartes.
    Voici le coffret avec les cartes:

    Sophie Schwer, of the Bruno Manser Fonds:
    When they started, they relied in easy techniques, like skatch mapping and just the compass:

    But in the end they used the state-of-the art mapping #drones to present and show where their settlements are, so that they could no longer be neglected by the government.

    Le “mapping drone”:

    Peter Kallang, indigenous activist:

    “Community mapping can help to eliminate or reduce the #corruption, because you have everything there in black and white. It is so transparent. So when the government gives timber licences, when it overlaps with these, we can see from the map”

    #transparence

    Rainer Weisshaidinger, of the Bruno Manser Fonds:
    “The map of the government, they represent the government’s perspective, which means: nobody is in this area. The Penan map represents the Penan perspective on their own area. If you look at these maps, you will see that the Penan are living in this area. On each of these maps, it’s not only a topographic knowledge, there is a small history specific of this area. Below that, the drone images are very important, because it is very easy to mark one point. In order to give credibility to these maps, it was very important for the Penan to also be able to fly over their own villages to get the images of their villages.”


    L’histoire du village marquée sur la carte:

    L’image prise par les drones:

    Les cartes sont signées par les #empreintes_digitales des cartographes autochtones:

    Les empreintes digitales servent aussi à “valider” (c’est le mot utilisé dans le documentaire) les cartes.

    Un cartographe autochtone:

    “With these maps we document our history. Our myths and legends stay alive. The next generation will remember our way of life long after our elders have passed on”.

    #mythes #légendes #histoire #mémoire

    #ressources_pédagogiques (mais malheureusement la vidéo est disponible uniquement avec des sous-titres en anglais)
    #géographie_politique

    ping @reka @odilon

    Et je suis sure que ça intéresse aussi @_kg_



  • Drones, DNA and data : please don’t give the gift of privacy invasion
    https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/14/drones-dna-and-data-please-dont-give-the-gift-of-privacy-invasion

    When it comes to gift giving, we often anticipate the moment of surprise and delight when a loved one will open their present – and forget to think about what comes next. But some presents are more trouble than they’re worth. Just ask anyone who has been on the receiving end of an unsolicited puppy, or a sourdough starter. So in the spirit of not burdening your beloveds with unintended consequences, we present to you our first-ever Reverse Gift Guide. Give your friends and family the gift of (...)

    #Amazon #Facebook #algorithme #Alexa #drone #voix #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance #famille #BigData #génétique #Apple #Google (...)

    ##CambridgeAnalytica


  • Les arpenteurs de la Terre | ARTE
    https://www.arte.tv/fr/videos/078136-000-A/les-arpenteurs-de-la-terre

    Si au départ l’être humain se servait des étoiles pour s’orienter, l’humanité peut compter aujourd’hui sur les progrès de la science pour mesurer la Terre au millimètre près. Car l’#arpentage de la planète bleue bat toujours son plein. #Satellites, #caméras ou #drones : les dernières avancées technologiques permettent aux scientifiques d’explorer ses moindres recoins. Ils peuvent ainsi mesurer les océans, les volcans ou même l’atmosphère. Mais les chercheurs marchent sur une corde raide, tiraillés entre leur désir de recueillir de plus en plus d’informations et une population soucieuse de divulguer le moins de #données_personnelles possible. Ce #documentaire nous donne un aperçu de l’état actuel de la recherche scientifique et interroge de nombreux chercheurs sur la nécessité de l’arpentage dans leur domaine spécifique.

    #cartographie


  • #Calais police using #drones to arrest migrants before they cross Channel

    Police in Calais are using drones to locate migrants preparing to cross the Channel by boat, so that they can be arrested before they reach the water.

    In an escalation of security measures, the remotely controlled aerial vehicles have been seen flying low above the main Calais Migrant camp and sweeping across nearby beaches.

    Drones can cover much more ground in much less time than other vehicles, and are able to relay a live video camera feed.

    Ingrid Parrot, from the French Naval headquarters for the Channel and North Sea, said: “What we are trying to do with the police is exchange information and stop the migrants reaching the sea.

    “Our aim is to stop people on the beach reaching the water.

    “In the last three weeks, we have increased the number of ships and helicopters in the area to dissuade the migrants from attempting to go out to sea.

    “The police, I understand have also increased their numbers on the ground to stop people getting into boats.”

    Ms Parrot would not be drawn into giving specific figures because she did not want the smugglers to be alerted to the scale of the operation.

    “There are many people involved,” she added.

    The move has come after a recent spike in attempted crossings of the English Channel by predominantly Iranian migrants.

    On Tuesday, two men were picked up in St Margret’s bay, Kent at 3pm, having crossed the world’s busiest shipping lane in nothing more than a small dinghy in broad daylight.

    They presented themselves as Iranian, and were taken into custody by border force agents.

    On Wednesday, four men who said they were Iranian were picked up by the side of the road in Lincolnshire, having seemingly overshot the Kent coastline.

    Lincolnshire Police said: “The four men aged 30, 29, and two aged 31, were arrested by officers in the Roman Bank area of Mablethorpe at around 7.30pm on December 4. “It was reported these men had arrived by boat.”

    In France, there was activity too.

    Eight men in a pleasure craft were caught by police while trying to set sail across the channel from a beach just north of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

    A police spokesperson said that four of the migrants were Iranian and four were Iraqi. None were injured or taken to hospital, and all were taken into custody.

    In the strangest incident of the evening, a man radioed for help while struggling in a seven-metre pleasure cruiser in shallow waters near Equihen-Plage, just south of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

    He abandoned ship when it became clear that no boat was able to tug him away.

    It emerged that the craft had been bought the day before by a man who claimed to be British, and suspicions have been raised that he may have been trying to smuggle migrants across the channel.

    One coastguard insider said: “You don’t buy a boat like that at this time of year and take it out on the water at night. I think it’s quite clear what he was trying to do, and that was go round the corner and try and pick up a group of migrants.”

    The Telegraph visited the beach on Wednesday evening and saw the boat beached on the sand at low tide, with its propeller jammed into the sand and a life jacket left in the cabin.

    The man who abandoned ship had apparently not been back.

    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/12/05/calais-police-using-drones-track-migrants-cross-channel
    #frontières #militarisation_des_frontières #fermeture_des_frontières #asile #migrations #réfugiés #UK #France #Angleterre #mer #contrôles_frontaliers


  • Gafams : et si la révolution venait de l’intérieur ?
    http://www.internetactu.net/a-lire-ailleurs/gafams-et-si-la-revolution-venait-de-linterieur

    Présenter de vraies excuses nécessite d’apporter une modification réelle à ce qui a provoqué le problème à l’origine de son remords. Mais pour les entreprises de technologie, présenter des excuses tient plutôt du stratagème pour ne rien faire. C’est ce que dit en substance Josh Constine (@joshconstine) sur TechCrunch, qui n’est pas vraiment la publication la plus critique de l’innovation. Les modèles commerciaux des entreprises sont souvent en conflit avec la façon dont nous souhaitons qu’elles agissent, (...)

    #Google #Airbnb #eBay #Facebook #GoogleSearch #Lyft #Uber #Dragonfly #drone #données #publicité #BigData #GAFAM #profiling #ProjectMaven #bénéfices #censure #militarisation (...)

    ##publicité ##domination
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  • L’Europe utilisera-t-elle les drones israéliens contre les réfugiés ?

    En matière de sécurité, #Israël en connait un rayon. Ses entreprises sont particulièrement actives sur ce marché lucratif et peuvent démontrer l’efficacité de leurs produits en prenant les Palestiniens comme cobayes. Pour contrôler l’arrivée de réfugiés, l’agence européenne #Frontex s’intéresse ainsi de près au drone #Heron. L’engin a fait ses “preuves au combat” durant l’#opération_Plomb durci. (IGA)

    En septembre, l’Agence de surveillance des frontières de l’Union européenne Frontex a annoncé le démarrage de vols d’essais de drones en #Italie, en #Grèce et au #Portugal. Il y avait une omission majeure dans la déclaration de Frontex : le type de drones testé avait été utilisé auparavant pour attaquer Gaza.

    Certains détails sur les compagnies impliquées dans ces essais ont été publiés plus tôt cette année. Un « avis d’attribution de marché » a révélé qu’#Israel_Aerospace_Industries était l’un des deux fournisseurs sélectionnés.

    Israel Aerospace Industries a reçu 5.,5 millions de dollars pour jusqu’à 600 heures de vols d’essais.

    Le drone qu’Israel Aerospace Industries offre pour la #surveillance maritime s’appelle le #Heron.

    Selon le propre site web de la compagnie, le Heron a « fait ses preuves au combat ». C’est une expression codée signifiant qu’il a été employé pendant trois attaques majeures d’Israël contre Gaza pendant la dernière décennie.

    Après l’opération Plomb durci, l’attaque israélienne sur Gaza de fin 2008 et début 2009, une enquête de Human Rights Watch a conclu que des dizaines de civils avaient été tués par des missiles lancés à partir de drones. Le Heron a été identifié comme l’un des principaux drones déployés dans cette offensive.

    Frontex – qui expulse fréquemment des réfugiés d’Europe – a étudié les #drones depuis un certain temps. Déjà en 2012, Israel Aerospace Industries avait présenté le Heron à un événement organisé par Frontex.

    Par ses vols d’essais, Frontex permet à l’industrie de guerre israélienne d’adapter la technologie testée sur les Palestiniens à des fins de surveillance. Alors que les dirigeants de l’Union européenne professent couramment leur souci des droits humains, l’implication de fabricants d’armes pour surveiller les frontières partage plus que quelques similitudes avec les politiques belliqueuses poursuivies par le gouvernement de Donald Trump aux USA.

    Des opportunités commerciales

    Les entreprises israéliennes bénéficient des décisions prises des deux côtés de l’Atlantique.

    L’année dernière, #Elta – une filiale d’Israel Aerospace Industries – a été engagée pour dessiner un prototype pour le mur controversé que Trump a proposé d’établir le long de la frontière USA- Mexique. Elbit, un autre fabricant israélien de drones, a gagné en 2014 un contrat pour construire des tours de surveillance entre l’Arizona et le Mexique.

    Les mêmes compagnies poursuivent les opportunités commerciales en Europe.

    Elta a été en contact avec divers gouvernements à propos de leur système « de #patrouille_virtuelle des #frontières » – qui est basé sur l’interception des communications téléphoniques des mobiles et l’#espionnage des usagers d’internet. Pour fournir un prétexte à une telle intrusion, la compagnie joue sur la politique de la #peur. Amnon Sofrin, un dirigeant d’Elta qui occupait auparavant une position de premier plan dans l’agence israélienne d’espionnage et d’assassinat du Mossad, a recommandé que l’Europe choisisse en priorité la « #sécurité » plutôt que les libertés civiles.

    L’entreprise israélienne #Magal_Systems cherche aussi des contrats en Europe. Magal a installé ce qu’elle appelle une barrière « intelligente » — livrée avec des capteurs et un équipement avancé de caméras – le long de la frontière d’Israël avec Gaza.

    Saar Koush, jusqu’à récemment le PDG de Magal, a argué que le rôle de l’entreprise dans la mise en place d’un siège des deux millions d’habitants de Gaza leur donnait un argument commercial unique – ou au moins rare. « Tout le monde peut vous donner un très joli Powerpoint, mais peu de gens peuvent vous montrer un projet aussi complexe que Gaza, qui est constamment testé en combat », a dit Koush.

    Apprendre d’Israël ?

    Frontex est en contact avec d’autres entreprises israéliennes.

    En juin de cette année, l’Union européenne a publié une notice montrant que la compagnie israélienne #Windward avait gagné un contrat de près d’ 1 million de dollars pour travailler à un projet d’« analyse maritime » organisé par Frontex. #Gabi_Ashkenazi, un ancien chef de l’armée israélienne, est conseiller à Windward ; #David_Petraeus, qui a commandé les troupes US occupant l’Irak et l’Afghanistan, est l’un de ses investisseurs.

    Dans son rapport annuel 2016, Frontex déclarait que « les premiers pas avaient été faits afin de développer des relations « stratégiques » avec Israël. Frontex a ultérieurement exprimé son intention d’accroître cette coopération d’ici 2020.

    Un point clé est « l’apprentissage mutuel ». Il est plus que probable qu’il s’agisse d’un euphémisme pour échanger des notes sur les tactiques qui devraient être utilisées contre les gens fuyant la pauvreté ou la persécution.

    Israël a une réputation effroyable en ce qui concerne le traitement des réfugiés. Des Africains vivant en Israël ont été sujets à des mauvais traitements racistes de la part des plus hauts niveaux du gouvernement. Benjamin Netanyahou, le Premier ministre, les a étiquetés comme des « infiltrés ».

    Un autre ministre du gouvernement a soutenu que les Africains ne peuvent être considérés comme des humains.

    Selon l’institut de sondage Gallup, Israël est l’un des pays les moins hospitaliers du monde pour les demandeurs d’asile. Malgré sa proximité géographique avec la Syrie, Israël a refusé l’entrée aux victimes de la guerre en cours.

    L’an dernier, Netanyahou a été entendu disant aux dirigeants du groupe de Visegrad (ou Visegrad 4) – la Hongrie, la Pologne, la République tchèque et la Slovaquie – qu’ils devraient fermer leurs frontières aux réfugiés. Il a aussi déclaré qu’Israël joue un rôle important dans la réduction de la migration vers l’Europe et suggéré qu’Israël devrait être récompensé pour cela.

    L’identification d’Israël comme partenaire pour une « coopération stratégique » avec Frontex est inquiétante en soi. Les préparatifs pour utiliser les outils de répression d’Israël contre les réfugiés faisant route vers l’Europe le sont encore plus.

    https://www.investigaction.net/fr/leurope-utilisera-t-elle-les-drones-israeliens-contre-les-refugies

    #surveillance_frontalière #frontières #contrôles_frontaliers #asile #migrations #réfugiés #sécurité #Méditerranée #Heron #Israeli_Aerospace_Industries #Gaza #business

    • #Leonardo deploys its #Falco_EVO_RPAS for drone-based maritime surveillance as part of the Frontex test programme

      Leonardo’s Falco EVO Remotely-Piloted Air System (RPAS), in a maritime patrol configuration, has been deployed from Lampedusa airport (Lampedusa Island) as part of the Frontex surveillance research programme to test its ability to monitor the European Union’s external borders.

      Frontex is exploring the surveillance capability of medium-altitude, long-endurance RPAS as well as evaluating cost efficiency and endurance. Leonardo was selected by the European agency under a service contract tender for drone operations for maritime surveillance across the Italian and Maltese civil airspace. The current agreement provides for 300 flight hours and may be extended into a longer-term agreement.

      Under the deployment, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) activities are organised by Guardia di Finanza under coordination of the Ministry of Interior and are undertaken by Leonardo from Lampedusa also thanks to the decisive support and collaboration of ENAC and ENAV. Leonardo’s flight crews and maintenance teams are present to support the operations with the Falco EVO, which is equipped with a complete on-board sensor suite including the Company’s Gabbiano TS Ultra Light radar. This configuration allows it to carry out extended-range day and night-time missions.

      “We are proud to be able to demonstrate the capabilities of our Falco EVO to Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, which is facing the on-going and evolving surveillance challenges posed by maritime borders. We are ready to leverage our years of experience in drone-based surveillance operations, working with the United Nations and many other international customers,” said Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo. “I wish to thank all the Italian stakeholders who contributed to this important achievement and I am convinced that this fruitful partnering approach will allow Frontex to define the best possible use for drone-based technologies.”

      The Falco EVO will operate under a “Permit to Fly” issued by the Italian Civil Aviation Authority (ENAC), which authorizes flights in the Italian and Maltese Flight Information Region (FIR)’s civil airspace. The innovative agreement reached with ENAC guarantees compliance with national and international regulations and coordination with relevant authorities. The agreement also provides for close involvement from the Guardia di Finanza as subject matter experts with operational experience in defining mission profiles and ensuring the best operational conditions in which to undertake the 300- hours test programme.

      The Falco EVO configuration being deployed includes a high-definition InfraRed (IR) electro-optical system, a Beyond-Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) satellite data-link system, a new propulsion system based on a heavy-fuel engine, an Automatic Identification System (AIS) and a complete communications relay suite.

      Leonardo is the only European company providing a comprehensive RPAS ISR capability, from the design of each system element all the way through to operations. Today the Company is an international pioneer in the operation of unmanned flights on behalf of civil organizations in “non-segregated”, transnational airspace.

      Under an innovative business model, Leonardo owns and operates its Falco family of RPAS and provides surveillance information and data directly to its customers. This ‘managed service’ model is expected to be an area of growth for Leonardo which is expanding its ‘drones as a service’ offering to customers such as the police and emergency responders in line with the growth path outlined in the Company’s industrial plan.


      https://www.edrmagazine.eu/leonardo-deploys-its-falco-evo-rpas-for-drone-based-maritime-surveillanc

    • Leonardo: il #Falco_Evo inizia i voli per il programma Frontex

      Il Falco Evo, il velivolo a pilotaggio remoto di Leonardo, ha iniziato la campagna di voli in una configurazione specifica per il monitoraggio marittimo, nell’ambito del programma Frontex, finalizzato alla sperimentazione di droni per il controllo delle frontiere esterne dell’Unione europea. Frontex, l’agenzia europea della guardia di frontiera e costiera, sta infatti analizzando la capacità di sorveglianza a media altitudine e lunga persistenza offerta dai velivoli pilotati a distanza, valutando efficienza economica ed efficacia operativa di tali sistemi. Leonardo è stata selezionata a seguito di una gara per un contratto di servizio per fornire attività di sorveglianza marittima attraverso l’uso di droni nello spazio aereo civile italiano e maltese. L’accordo attuale prevede un totale di 300 ore di volo con possibili ulteriori estensioni contrattuali. Le operazioni di sorveglianza e ricognizione effettuate da Leonardo con il Falco Evo vengono pianificate dalla Guardia di Finanza sotto il coordinamento del ministero dell’Interno, con il supporto di Enac, Enav e AST Aeroservizi Società di Gestione dell’aeroporto di Lampedusa, dove si svolgono i voli.
      “Siamo orgogliosi di dimostrare le capacità del Falco EVO all’agenzia europea Frontex e alle Forze di Sicurezza, che affrontano quotidianamente la sfida del controllo e della protezione dei confini marittimi – ha commentato Alessandro Profumo, amministratore delegato di Leonardo -. Leonardo mette a disposizione di questo programma la lunga esperienza acquisita anche grazie alle attività svolte per le Nazioni Unite e molti altri clienti internazionali con i propri sistemi pilotati da remoto”.
      Il Falco Evo opera grazie ad un “Permit to Fly” rilasciato dall’Enac, che autorizza i voli nello spazio aereo civile italiano e maltese. L’accordo innovativo raggiunto con Enac garantisce quindi la conformità alle normative nazionali e internazionali e il coordinamento con le relative autorità. L’attività prevede, inoltre, un forte coinvolgimento della Guardia di Finanza in virtù della significativa esperienza del Corpo nella definizione dei profili di missione, assicurando le migliori condizioni operative per lo svolgimento delle 300 ore di volo programmate. La configurazione del Falco Evo impiegato nel programma include un sistema ottico all’infrarosso ad alta definizione, un collegamento dati satellitari oltre la linea di vista (Beyond-Line-Data-Of-Sight - BLOS), un nuovo sistema di propulsione basato su un motore a combustibile pesante, un sistema di identificazione automatico (Automatic Identification System - AIS) e una suite completa per le comunicazioni. Leonardo è l’unica azienda europea in grado di fornire capacità complete RPAS e ISR, progettando e sviluppando tutti gli elementi che compongono un sistema pilotato da remoto, anche nell’ambito di contratti di servizio per operazioni “unmanned” e tra i pochi player al mondo a poter operare per conto di enti civili in spazi aerei non segregati trasnazionali.

      https://www.trasporti-italia.com/focus/leonardo-il-falco-evo-inizia-i-voli-per-il-programma-frontex/36521


  • Le drone de surveillance, dernière tentation des polices municipales
    https://www.lemonde.fr/la-foire-du-drone/article/2018/11/14/le-drone-de-surveillance-derniere-tentation-des-polices-municipales_5383550_

    Des caméras de vidéosurveillance volantes ? Asnières veut s’en doter, mais Istres et une dizaine d’autres villes l’ont déja fait. Bis repetita. Deux ans après une première sortie médiatique, Manuel Aeschlimann, maire (LR) d’Asnières-sur-Seine, commune de 86 000 habitants située dans la banlieue ouest de Paris, relance son projet d’équiper la police municipale de drones de surveillance. Cette proposition de « mettre en place une vidéoprotection mobile », soumise à Christophe Castaner, le ministre de (...)

    #AzurDrones #CCTV #drone #thermique #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance


  • Britain funds research into drones that decide who they kill, says report
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/10/autonomous-drones-that-decide-who-they-kill-britain-funds-research

    Investigation reveals that technology for autonomous lethal weapons with artificial intelligence is being funded by MoD Technologies that could unleash a generation of lethal weapons systems requiring little or no human interaction are being funded by the Ministry of Defence, according to a new report. The development of autonomous military systems – dubbed “killer robots” by campaigners opposed to them – is deeply contentious. Earlier this year, Google withdrew from the Pentagon’s Project (...)

    #BAE_Systems #algorithme #drone #militarisation


  • #Trieste, valico con la Slovenia. Le «riammissioni» dei migranti. Dopo settimane di marcia nei boschi rimandati indietro anche se arrivati su territorio italiano.

    La Questura di Trieste: sono riammissioni previste dalle norme Ue. Ma è giallo sui respingimenti a catena.

    «Nessun respingimento irregolare alla frontiera con la Slovenia», giura il questore di Trieste. «Tutto viene fatto secondo le regole». È comprensibile infatti lo smarrimento del povero disgraziato che dopo settimane di marcia nei boschi di Slovenia e Croazia, si butta tra le braccia di un poliziotto italiano pensando di avercela fatta. Ma non è così perché c’è l’impersonale, algido, fors’anche crudele accordo di #Schengen che stabilisce la sua sorte.

    Ebbene, Schengen dice che se un irregolare è individuato in una «fascia frontaliera» e nella presunta «immediatezza» dell’ingresso, può essere riaccompagnato oltre frontiera e affidato alla polizia dell’altra parte. È una procedura che si chiama «riammissione» e sostituisce il vecchio «respingimento» di quando esistevano le frontiere. Abolite appunto grazie a Schengen.

    È quanto accade quotidianamente al confine con la Slovenia, come anche con l’Austria e la Francia. A regolare queste «riammissioni» ci sono alcune circolari della Ue che fissano lo spazio e il tempo: per fascia frontaliera s’intende un corridoio di 150 metri da una parte e dell’altra della linea di confine, per fascia temporale s’intende un massimo di 2 ore.

    C’è poi un accordo bilaterale italo-sloveno firmato a Roma il 3 settembre 1996, entrato in vigore dal 1° settembre 1997, più estensivo quanto a territorio e orari. Secondo quest’accordo, può essere «riammesso» (e succede ormai massicciamente da quando si sono intensificati gli arrivi dalla rotta balcanica e ci sono molte più pattuglie a controllare il confine, comprese la guardie forestali mobilitate dal governatore Massimiliano Fedriga) chi non ha richiesto l’asilo politico.

    Il database nazionale
    In ogni caso, dato che la polizia slovena non è felice di riprendersi i clandestini, l’intera procedura viene documentata (e secondo la questura ciò avviene alla presenza di interpreti, ma chissà se questo avviene davvero a ogni ora del giorno e della notte) per essere poi condivisa con i colleghi d’oltre frontiera. Agli stranieri vengono prese le impronte digitali, che si confrontano con il database nazionale e quello cosiddetto Eurodac per verificare se la persona non sia stata già fotosegnalata in Slovenia, Croazia o Grecia. Nel secondo caso, la procedura è più lunga e complessa. E se mai nessun poliziotto di altri Paesi li ha identificati, paradossalmente la procedura è più spiccia. I minori stranieri non vengono riammessi, ma affidati ad apposite strutture di accoglienza italiane, e così le persone particolarmente malate.

    Diverso ancora è il caso di chi è sbarcato in uno hotspot in Grecia. Oppure di chi ha presentato domanda di asilo politico in un Paese della Ue e poi si presenta alla nostra frontiera: una selva di situazioni giuridiche diverse che agli occhi del migrante, proveniente da Paesi immensamente lontani, rappresenta un’incomprensibile roulette russa.

    E che magari interpreta come il capriccio del poliziotto che ha davanti. Tocca comunque agli sloveni accettarli. Perciò gli italiani devono documentare con scontrini, biglietti di treno, qualsiasi prova, l’immediatezza dell’ingresso in Italia. Quindi, se arriva il via libera, rigorosamente entro le ore 16 perché dopo gli sloveni non ci stanno, gli stranieri vengono consegnati «esclusivamente con mezzi con i colori d’istituto della Polizia di Stato» presso la stazione di polizia Krvavi Potoc (Pesek).

    Le accuse contro Zagabria
    Quel che accade da quel momento, lo sanno solo gli sloveni ma è immaginabile che abbiano accordi diretti con la polizia croata. E nessuno dubita che sia un circuito infernale per il disgraziato che vi finisce dentro. Pochissimi sono i diritti riconosciuti ai migranti, specie da parte croata.

    L’ultimo Rapporto di Amnesty International ci ricorda che «la Croazia ha continuato a rimandare in Serbia rifugiati e migranti entrati nel Paese irregolarmente, senza garantire loro l’accesso a un’effettiva procedura per la determinazione del diritto d’asilo. Durante i respingimenti, talvolta anche dall’interno del territorio croato, la polizia è ricorsa regolarmente a coercizione, intimidazione, confisca o distruzione di oggetti personali di valore e uso sproporzionato della forza».

    https://www.diritti-umani.org/2018/11/trieste-valico-con-la-slovenia-le.html
    #Italie #Slovénie #réadmissions #migrations #asile #réfugiés #frontières #push-back #renvois #expulsions #refoulement #frontière_sud-alpine #Croatie #accord_bilatéral #accords_bilatéraux

    • “Caricati a forza nei furgoni”. Così la polizia italiana riporta i migranti nei Balcani

      Il racconto di due pakistani: «A Trieste ci hanno illuso sulla richiesta d’asilo ma ci hanno rimandati in Slovenia». Poi una nuova odissea fino alla Bosnia. «Le autorità croate ci hanno picchiato e lasciato nei boschi al confine»

      https://www.lastampa.it/2018/11/02/italia/caricati-a-forza-nei-furgoni-cos-la-polizia-italiana-riporta-i-migranti-nei-balcani-K775KFcYpdofE4r0eNJTFI/premium.html

    • Il caso dei migranti riportati in Slovenia. La polizia: “Agiamo seguendo le regole”

      La Questura di Trieste: sono riammissioni previste dalle norme Ue. Ma è giallo sui respingimenti a catena.

      «Nessun respingimento irregolare alla frontiera con la Slovenia», giura il questore di Trieste. «Tutto viene fatto secondo le regole». È comprensibile infatti lo smarrimento del povero disgraziato che dopo settimane di marcia nei boschi di Slovenia e Croazia, si butta tra le braccia di un poliziotto italiano pensando di avercela fatta. Ma non è così perché c’è l’impersonale, algido, fors’anche crudele accordo di Schengen che stabilisce la sua sorte.

      Ebbene, Schengen dice che se un irregolare è individuato in una «fascia frontaliera» e nella presunta «immediatezza» dell’ingresso, può essere riaccompagnato oltre frontiera e affidato alla polizia dell’altra parte. È una procedura che si chiama «riammissione» e sostituisce il vecchio «respingimento» di quando esistevano le frontiere. Abolite appunto grazie a Schengen.

      È quanto accade quotidianamente al confine con la Slovenia, come anche con l’Austria e la Francia. A regolare queste «riammissioni» ci sono alcune circolari della Ue che fissano lo spazio e il tempo: per fascia frontaliera s’intende un corridoio di 150 metri da una parte e dell’altra della linea di confine, per fascia temporale s’intende un massimo di 2 ore. C’è poi un accordo bilaterale italo-sloveno firmato a Roma il 3 settembre 1996, entrato in vigore dal 1° settembre 1997, più estensivo quanto a territorio e orari. Secondo quest’accordo, può essere «riammesso» (e succede ormai massicciamente da quando si sono intensificati gli arrivi dalla rotta balcanica e ci sono molte più pattuglie a controllare il confine, comprese la guardie forestali mobilitate dal governatore Massimiliano Fedriga) chi non ha richiesto l’asilo politico.

      Il database nazionale

      In ogni caso, dato che la polizia slovena non è felice di riprendersi i clandestini, l’intera procedura viene documentata (e secondo la questura ciò avviene alla presenza di interpreti, ma chissà se questo avviene davvero a ogni ora del giorno e della notte) per essere poi condivisa con i colleghi d’oltre frontiera. Agli stranieri vengono prese le impronte digitali, che si confrontano con il database nazionale e quello cosiddetto Eurodac per verificare se la persona non sia stata già fotosegnalata in Slovenia, Croazia o Grecia. Nel secondo caso, la procedura è più lunga e complessa. E se mai nessun poliziotto di altri Paesi li ha identificati, paradossalmente la procedura è più spiccia. I minori stranieri non vengono riammessi, ma affidati ad apposite strutture di accoglienza italiane, e così le persone particolarmente malate.

      Diverso ancora è il caso di chi è sbarcato in uno hotspot in Grecia. Oppure di chi ha presentato domanda di asilo politico in un Paese della Ue e poi si presenta alla nostra frontiera: una selva di situazioni giuridiche diverse che agli occhi del migrante, proveniente da Paesi immensamente lontani, rappresenta un’incomprensibile roulette russa. E che magari interpreta come il capriccio del poliziotto che ha davanti. Tocca comunque agli sloveni accettarli. Perciò gli italiani devono documentare con scontrini, biglietti di treno, qualsiasi prova, l’immediatezza dell’ingresso in Italia. Quindi, se arriva il via libera, rigorosamente entro le ore 16 perché dopo gli sloveni non ci stanno, gli stranieri vengono consegnati «esclusivamente con mezzi con i colori d’istituto della Polizia di Stato» presso la stazione di polizia Krvavi Potoc (Pesek).
      Le accuse contro Zagabria

      Quel che accade da quel momento, lo sanno solo gli sloveni ma è immaginabile che abbiano accordi diretti con la polizia croata. E nessuno dubita che sia un circuito infernale per il disgraziato che vi finisce dentro. Pochissimi sono i diritti riconosciuti ai migranti, specie da parte croata. L’ultimo Rapporto di Amnesty International ci ricorda che «la Croazia ha continuato a rimandare in Serbia rifugiati e migranti entrati nel Paese irregolarmente, senza garantire loro l’accesso a un’effettiva procedura per la determinazione del diritto d’asilo. Durante i respingimenti, talvolta anche dall’interno del territorio croato, la polizia è ricorsa regolarmente a coercizione, intimidazione, confisca o distruzione di oggetti personali di valore e uso sproporzionato della forza».

      https://www.lastampa.it/2018/11/03/italia/il-caso-dei-migranti-riportati-in-slovenia-la-polizia-agiamo-seguendo-le-regole-KLb7LoSe5l5uv8XggFl7FN/pagina.html


  • C.I.A. Drone Mission, Curtailed by Obama, Is Expanded in Africa Under Trump

    The C.I.A. is poised to conduct secret drone strikes against Qaeda and Islamic State insurgents from a newly expanded air base deep in the Sahara, making aggressive use of powers that were scaled back during the Obama administration and restored by President Trump.

    Late in his presidency, Barack Obama sought to put the military in charge of drone attacks after a backlash arose over a series of highly visible strikes, some of which killed civilians. The move was intended, in part, to bring greater transparency to attacks that the United States often refused to acknowledge its role in.

    But now the C.I.A. is broadening its drone operations, moving aircraft to northeastern Niger to hunt Islamist militants in southern Libya. The expansion adds to the agency’s limited covert missions in eastern Afghanistan for strikes in Pakistan, and in southern Saudi Arabia for attacks in Yemen.

    Nigerien and American officials said the C.I.A. had been flying drones on surveillance missions for several months from a corner of a small commercial airport in Dirkou. Satellite imagery shows that the airport has grown significantly since February to include a new taxiway, walls and security posts.

    One American official said the drones had not yet been used in lethal missions, but would almost certainly be in the near future, given the growing threat in southern Libya. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the secretive operations.

    A C.I.A. spokesman, Timothy Barrett, declined to comment. A Defense Department spokeswoman, Maj. Sheryll Klinkel, said the military had maintained a base at the Dirkou airfield for several months but did not fly drone missions from there.

    The drones take off from Dirkou at night — typically between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. — buzzing in the clear, starlit desert sky. A New York Times reporter saw the gray aircraft — about the size of Predator drones, which are 27 feet long — flying at least three times over six days in early August. Unlike small passenger planes that land occasionally at the airport, the drones have no blinking lights signaling their presence.

    “All I know is they’re American,” Niger’s interior minister, Mohamed Bazoum, said in an interview. He offered few other details about the drones.

    Dirkou’s mayor, Boubakar Jerome, said the drones had helped improve the town’s security. “It’s always good. If people see things like that, they’ll be scared,” Mr. Jerome said.

    Mr. Obama had curtailed the C.I.A.’s lethal role by limiting its drone flights, notably in Yemen. Some strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere that accidentally killed civilians, stirring outrage among foreign diplomats and military officials, were shielded because of the C.I.A.’s secrecy.

    As part of the shift, the Pentagon was given the unambiguous lead for such operations. The move sought, in part, to end an often awkward charade in which the United States would not concede its responsibility for strikes that were abundantly covered by news organizations and tallied by watchdog groups. However, the C.I.A. program was not fully shut down worldwide, as the agency and its supporters in Congress balked.

    The drone policy was changed last year, after Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director at the time, made a forceful case to President Trump that the agency’s broader counterterrorism efforts were being needlessly constrained. The Dirkou base was already up and running by the time Mr. Pompeo stepped down as head of the C.I.A. in April to become Mr. Trump’s secretary of state.

    The Pentagon’s Africa Command has carried out five drone strikes against Qaeda and Islamic State militants in Libya this year, including one two weeks ago. The military launches its MQ-9 Reaper drones from bases in Sicily and in Niamey, Niger’s capital, 800 miles southwest of Dirkou.

    But the C.I.A. base is hundreds of miles closer to southwestern Libya, a notorious haven for Al Qaeda and other extremist groups that also operate in the Sahel region of Niger, Chad, Mali and Algeria. It is also closer to southern Libya than a new $110 million drone base in Agadez, Niger, 350 miles west of Dirkou, where the Pentagon plans to operate armed Reaper drone missions by early next year.

    Another American official said the C.I.A. began setting up the base in January to improve surveillance of the region, partly in response to an ambush last fall in another part of Niger that killed four American troops. The Dirkou airfield was labeled a United States Air Force base as a cover, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential operational matters.

    The C.I.A. operation in Dirkou is burdened by few, if any, of the political sensitivities that the United States military confronts at its locations, said one former American official involved with the project.

    Even so, security analysts said, it is not clear why the United States needs both military and C.I.A. drone operations in the same general vicinity to combat insurgents in Libya. France also flies Reaper drones from Niamey, but only on unarmed reconnaissance missions.

    “I would be surprised that the C.I.A. would open its own base,” said Bill Roggio, editor of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Long War Journal, which tracks military strikes against militant groups.

    Despite American denials, a Nigerien security official said he had concluded that the C.I.A. launched an armed drone from the Dirkou base to strike a target in Ubari, in southern Libya, on July 25. The Nigerien security official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the classified program.

    A spokesman for the Africa Command, Maj. Karl Wiest, said the military did not carry out the Ubari strike.

    #Ubari is in the same region where the American military in March launched its first-ever drone attack against Qaeda militants in southern Libya. It is at the intersection of the powerful criminal and jihadist currents that have washed across Libya in recent years. Roughly equidistant from Libya’s borders with Niger, Chad and Algeria, the area’s seminomadic residents are heavily involved in the smuggling of weapons, drugs and migrants through the lawless deserts of southern Libya.

    Some of the residents have allied with Islamist militias, including Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which operates across Algeria, Mali, Niger and Libya.

    Dirkou, in northeast Niger, is an oasis town of a few thousand people in the open desert, bordered by a small mountain range. For centuries, it has been a key transit point for travelers crossing the Sahara. It helped facilitate the rise of Islam in West Africa in the 9th century, and welcomed salt caravans from the neighboring town of Bilma.

    The town has a handful of narrow, sandy roads. Small trees dot the horizon. Date and neem trees line the streets, providing shelter for people escaping the oppressive midday heat. There is a small market, where goods for sale include spaghetti imported from Libya. Gasoline is also imported from Libya and is cheaper than elsewhere in the country.

    The drones based in Dirkou are loud, and their humming and buzzing drowns out the bleats of goats and crows of roosters.

    “It stops me from sleeping,” said Ajimi Koddo, 45, a former migrant smuggler. “They need to go. They go in our village, and it annoys us too much.”

    Satellite imagery shows that construction started in February on a new compound at the Dirkou airstrip. Since then, the facility has been extended to include a larger paved taxiway and a clamshell tent connected to the airstrip — all features that are consistent with the deployment of small aircraft, possibly drones.

    Five defensive positions were set up around the airport, and there appear to be new security gates and checkpoints both to the compound and the broader airport.

    It’s not the first time that Washington has eyed with interest Dirkou’s tiny base. In the late 1980s, the United States spent $3.2 million renovating the airstrip in an effort to bolster Niger’s government against Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, then the leader of Libya.

    Compared with other parts of Africa, the C.I.A.’s presence in the continent’s northwest is relatively light, according to a former State Department official who served in the region. In this part of Niger, the C.I.A. is also providing training and sharing intelligence, according to a Nigerien military intelligence document reviewed by The Times.

    The Nigerien security official said about a dozen American Green Berets were stationed earlier this year in #Dirkou — in a base separate from the C.I.A.’s — to train a special counterterrorism battalion of local forces. Those trainers left about three months ago, the official said.

    It is unlikely that they will return anytime soon. The Pentagon is considering withdrawing nearly all American commandos from Niger in the wake of the deadly October ambush that killed four United States soldiers.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/09/world/africa/cia-drones-africa-military.html
    #CIA #drones #Niger #Sahel #USA #Etats-Unis #EI #ISIS #Etat_islamique #sécurité #terrorisme #base_militaire

    • Le Sahel est-il une zone de #non-droit ?

      La CIA a posé ses valises dans la bande sahélo-saharienne. Le New-York Times l’a annoncé, le 9 septembre dernier. Le quotidien US, a révélé l’existence d’une #base_de_drones secrète non loin de la commune de Dirkou, dans le nord-est du Niger. Cette localité, enclavée, la première grande ville la plus proche est Agadez située à 570 km, est le terrain de tir parfait. Elle est éloignée de tous les regards, y compris des autres forces armées étrangères : France, Allemagne, Italie, présentes sur le sol nigérien. Selon un responsable américain anonyme interrogé par ce journal, les drones déployés à Dirkou n’avaient « pas encore été utilisés dans des missions meurtrières, mais qu’ils le seraient certainement dans un proche avenir, compte tenu de la menace croissante qui pèse sur le sud de la Libye. » Or, d’après les renseignements recueillis par l’IVERIS, ces assertions sont fausses, la CIA a déjà mené des opérations à partir de cette base. Ces informations apportent un nouvel éclairage et expliquent le refus catégorique et systématique de l’administration américaine de placer la force conjointe du G5 Sahel (Tchad, Mauritanie, Burkina-Faso, Niger, Mali) sous le chapitre VII de la charte des Nations Unies.
      L’installation d’une base de drones n’est pas une bonne nouvelle pour les peuples du Sahel, et plus largement de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, qui pourraient connaître les mêmes malheurs que les Afghans et les Pakistanais confrontés à la guerre des drones avec sa cohorte de victimes civiles, appelées pudiquement « dégâts collatéraux ».

      D’après le journaliste du NYT, qui s’est rendu sur place, les drones présents à Dirkou ressembleraient à des Predator, des aéronefs d’ancienne génération qui ont un rayon d’action de 1250 km. Il serait assez étonnant que l’agence de Langley soit équipée de vieux modèles alors que l’US Air Force dispose à Niamey et bientôt à Agadez des derniers modèles MQ-9 Reaper, qui, eux, volent sur une distance de 1850 km. A partir de cette base, la CIA dispose donc d’un terrain de tir étendu qui va de la Libye, au sud de l’Algérie, en passant par le Tchad, jusqu’au centre du Mali, au Nord du Burkina et du Nigéria…

      Selon deux sources militaires de pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest, ces drones ont déjà réalisé des frappes à partir de la base de Dirkou. Ces bombardements ont eu lieu en Libye. Il paraît important de préciser que le chaos existant dans ce pays depuis la guerre de 2011, ne rend pas ces frappes plus légales. Par ailleurs, ces mêmes sources suspectent la CIA d’utiliser Dirkou comme une prison secrète « si des drones peuvent se poser des avions aussi. Rien ne les empêche de transporter des terroristes de Libye exfiltrés. Dirkou un Guantanamo bis ? »

      En outre, il n’est pas impossible que ces drones tueurs aient été en action dans d’autres Etats limitrophes. Qui peut le savoir ? « Cette base est irrégulière, illégale, la CIA peut faire absolument tout ce qu’elle veut là-bas » rapporte un officier. De plus, comment faire la différence entre un MQ-9 Reaper de la CIA ou encore un de l’US Air Force, qui, elle, a obtenu l’autorisation d’armer ses drones (1). Encore que…

      En novembre 2017, le président Mahamadou Issoufou a autorisé les drones de l’US Air Force basés à Niamey, à frapper leurs cibles sur le territoire nigérien (2). Mais pour que cet agrément soit légal, il aurait fallu qu’il soit présenté devant le parlement, ce qui n’a pas été le cas. Même s’il l’avait été, d’une part, il le serait seulement pour l’armée US et pas pour la CIA, d’autre part, il ne serait valable que sur le sol nigérien et pas sur les territoires des pays voisins…

      Pour rappel, cette autorisation a été accordée à peine un mois après les événements de Tongo Tongo, où neuf militaires avaient été tués, cinq soldats nigériens et quatre américains. Cette autorisation est souvent présentée comme la conséquence de cette attaque. Or, les pourparlers ont eu lieu bien avant. En effet, l’AFRICOM a planifié la construction de la base de drone d’Agadez, la seconde la plus importante de l’US Air Force en Afrique après Djibouti, dès 2016, sous le mandat de Barack Obama. Une nouvelle preuve que la politique africaine du Pentagone n’a pas changée avec l’arrivée de Donald Trump (3-4-5).

      Les USA seuls maîtres à bord dans le Sahel

      Dès lors, le véto catégorique des Etats-Unis de placer la force G5 Sahel sous chapitre VII se comprend mieux. Il s’agit de mener une guerre non-officielle sans mandat international des Nations-Unies et sans se soucier du droit international. Ce n’était donc pas utile qu’Emmanuel Macron, fer de lance du G5, force qui aurait permis à l’opération Barkhane de sortir du bourbier dans lequel elle se trouve, plaide à de nombreuses reprises cette cause auprès de Donald Trump. Tous les présidents du G5 Sahel s’y sont essayés également, en vain. Ils ont fini par comprendre, quatre chefs d’Etats ont boudé la dernière Assemblée générale des Nations Unies. Seul, le Président malien, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, est monté à la tribune pour réitérer la demande de mise sous chapitre VII, unique solution pour que cette force obtienne un financement pérenne. Alors qu’en décembre 2017, Emmanuel Macron y croyait encore dur comme fer et exigeait des victoires au premier semestre 2018, faute de budget, le G5 Sahel n’est toujours pas opérationnel ! (6-7) Néanmoins, la Chine a promis de le soutenir financièrement. Magnanime, le secrétaire d’Etat à la défense, Jim Mattis a lui assuré à son homologue, Florence Parly, que les Etats-Unis apporteraient à la force conjointe une aide très significativement augmentée. Mais toujours pas de chapitre VII en vue... Ainsi, l’administration Trump joue coup double. Non seulement elle ne s’embarrasse pas avec le Conseil de Sécurité et le droit international mais sous couvert de lutte antiterroriste, elle incruste ses bottes dans ce qui est, (ce qui fut ?), la zone d’influence française.

      Far West

      Cerise sur le gâteau, en août dernier le patron de l’AFRICOM, le général Thomas D. Waldhauser, a annoncé une réduction drastique de ses troupes en Afrique (9). Les sociétés militaires privées, dont celle d’Erik Prince, anciennement Blackwater, ont bien compris le message et sont dans les starting-blocks prêtes à s’installer au Sahel (10).


      https://www.iveris.eu/list/notes_danalyse/371-le_sahel_estil_une_zone_de_nondroit__


  • Police drone finds girl, 16, who called 999 to report rape
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/oct/06/police-drone-finds-girl-16-who-called-999-to-report

    Teenager was able to describe her surroundings in Boston to Lincolnshire police A teenage girl who did not know where she was and called 999 to report that a man had raped her was found after police deployed a drone equipped with a thermal imaging camera. The 16-year-old called emergency services in the early hours of Saturday to say she was on land somewhere in Boston, Lincolnshire, with her attacker. Lincolnshire police were then able to trace the missing “high risk” girl to the Brown’s (...)

    #drone #aérien #thermique #viol #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance


  • Maps Mania : Norway’s Secret Military Sites
    http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2018/09/norways-secret-military-sites.html

    Norway has released an interactive map of all the military locations where it is forbidden to operate a drone (…)

    The map shows many of Norway’s most secret military installations, such as Norway’s secret war headquarters and the location of one of Europe’s two transmitters for communicating with NATO’s submarine fleet. The map also shows the location of 237 other important military and security locations. Some military and security experts have been shocked by the map’s release. For example former Chief of Maritime Safety and Naval Home Guard Commander Svein Jarle Jacobsen said that the map is “disastrous for operational safety. I can’t believe that they’ve really done this.”

    #Norvège #armée #secret #drones #open-data #cartographie


  • Amazon se dote d’une impressionnante flotte de 20.000 vans Mercedes Gilles Boutin - 9 Aout 2018 - le figaro _
    http://www.lefigaro.fr/societes/2018/09/09/20005-20180909ARTFIG00095-amazon-se-dote-d-une-impressionnante-flotte-de-20

    Le géant du e-commerce complète son offre aux États-Unis avec une flotte de 20.000 camionnettes, destinées à effectuer la livraison dite du « dernier kilomètre ».

    Les images parlent d’elles-mêmes. Amazon a annoncé la semaine dernière avoir passé commande de 20.000 vans Mercedes-Benz Sprinter pour constituer sa toute première flotte de véhicules légers de livraison aux États-Unis. La commande initiale était de 5000, mais face à l’afflux de candidatures pour postuler à ce nouveau service, le géant du web dit avoir réévalué ses ambitions. Les premiers utilitaires aux couleurs du géant du e-commerce sont sortis ces derniers jours de l’usine du constructeur allemand, récemment installée à Charleston, dans l’État de Caroline du Nord. Dave Clark, vice-président des opérations mondiales d’Amazon, a diffusé le 5 septembre sur son compte Twitter une vidéo sur laquelle on peut voir des milliers de camionnettes arborant sur leur flanc une flèche bleue et un sobre « Prime », en référence au service de livraison auquel les clients d’Amazon peuvent s’abonner. « J’ai hâte de les mettre entre les mains de nos partenaires du service de livraison », écrit Clark.

    Ce dernier fait référence au lancement du nouveau service de livraison d’Amazon, qui entre directement en concurrence avec les acteurs traditionnels du secteur que sont FedEx, UPS ou encore DHL et Chronopost. La société de e-commerce s’attaque ainsi au marché dit du « dernier kilomètre ». Les Américains qui le désirent peuvent, depuis le mois de juillet, postuler pour devenir livreurs pour le compte d’Amazon, sans pour autant être salariés. En échange d’un investissement minimum de 10.000 dollars, ils pourront ouvrir et gérer leur propre service de livraison de colis Amazon et se verront confier des camionnettes, des uniformes et bénéficieront de formations de trois semaines délivrées par l’entreprise. Selon cette dernière, un entrepreneur à la tête d’une petite flotte de 40 camionnettes Amazon pourrait générer un profit de 300.000 dollars, rapportait le New York Times en juin.

    Dans une interview accordée à CNN, Dave Clark affirme s’attendre à développer une centaine de partenariats et voir rouler plusieurs milliers de ses vans sur les routes américaines d’ici la fin de l’année. D’après lui, « des dizaines de milliers » de personnes ont déjà déposé leur candidature pour devenir collaborateurs d’Amazon. Le représentant n’a pas indiqué si la compagnie comptait étendre son service à d’autres pays.

    #gafa #amazon #mercedes #uberisation les #drones à la poubelle #vente_forcée #has_been #raket


  • L’armée américaine développe un drone capable de voler éternellement
    https://usbeketrica.com/article/l-armee-americaine-developpe-un-drone-capable-de-voler-eternellement

    L’armée américaine travaille à la mise au point d’un drone potentiellement capable de voler sans jamais atterrir, grâce à une alimentation énergétique à distance par faisceau laser. Mise en parallèle avec le blocage des discussions internationales sur l’encadrement des armes létales autonomes, la nouvelle a de quoi inquiéter les adversaires des « robots tueurs ». Ça va vraiment devenir compliquer de refermer la boîte de Pandore. Surtout si le mal qu’elle contenait peut voler éternellement… En août 2017, (...)

    #Defense_Advanced_Research_Projects_Agency_(DARPA) #drone #USDepartmentOfDefense #militarisation #aérien #surveillance (...)

    ##Defense_Advanced_Research_Projects_Agency__DARPA_ ##vidéo-surveillance


  • The U.S. Is Building a Drone Base in Niger That Will Cost More Than $280 Million by 2024
    https://theintercept.com/2018/08/21/us-drone-base-niger-africa

    A U.S. drone base in a remote part of West Africa has garnered attention for its $100 million construction price tag. But according to new projections from the Air Force, its initial cost will soon be dwarfed by the price of operating the facility — about $30 million a year. By 2024, when the 10-year agreement for use of the base in Agadez, Niger, ends, its construction and operating costs will top a quarter-billion dollars — or around $280 million, to be more precise. And that’s actually an (...)

    #CCTV #drone #aérien #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance


  • En Chine, les musulmans premières victimes de la surveillance de masse
    https://usbeketrica.com/article/les-musulmans-chinois-en-premiere-ligne-de-la-surveillance

    Le nationalisme religieux est dans la ligne de mire du Parti Communiste chinois. Le gouvernement cible particulièrement les minorités musulmanes du Xinjiang concentrées dans une région située à l’opposé des capitales économiques et politiques chinoises. Comme le souligne un article de The Atlantic, la région fait donc office de zone de test à grande échelle pour les technologies de contrôle dernière génération et les programmes de propagande au sein de camps de rééducation. Pendant que les oiseaux (...)

    #CCTV #géolocalisation #aérien #Islam #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance #HumanRightsWatch #drone (...)

    ##GPS


  • China Is Going to Outrageous Lengths to Surveil Its Own Citizens
    https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/china-surveillance-technology-muslims/567443

    China has reportedly begun deploying flocks of drones disguised as birds to surveil its citizens. The drones have wings that flap so realistically they’re difficult to distinguish from actual birds. In fact, animals on the ground often can’t make the distinction, and even real birds in the sky sometimes fly alongside the drones. One researcher involved in the project has claimed that the robotic birds can mimic 90 percent of the movements of their biological counterparts, and they’re also (...)

    #CCTV #drone #GPS #géolocalisation #aérien #Islam #surveillance #vidéo-surveillance #HumanRightsWatch