Washington police accused of ‘disturbing’ failures to investigate rape : “37% of reports of serious sexual assault and rape were not being followed up on”

Human Rights Watch to publish report that shows some victims experience fresh trauma from police neglect in rape cases Joanna Walters in New York guardian.co.uk, Thursday 17 January 2013 06.00 EST The Women’s Law Project said the situation is ‘a national crisis requiring federal action’. Photograph: Adrian Sherratt/Alamy Police in Washington DC frequently fail to…

U.S. DoD’s Autonomous Weapons Directive Keeps Man in the Loop: ” Humans still must play an oversight role “

Nov. 27, 2012 – 01:43PM   | By AARON MEHTA   | The U.S. Defense Department has issued a new directive on the use of autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems, an attempt to regulate a technology that officials say could be years from becoming reality. The directive, released Nov. 27, is focused on systems that can select…

Israel’s killer robot cars

   Posted By John ReedTuesday, November 20, 2012 – 12:33 PM As Israeli ground forces literally stand on the brink of invading Gaza, they are likely being aided by the world’s first operational unmanned ground vehicle, the Guardium, which is already prowling the borderbetween Israel and Gaza. Looking like a Smart Car on steroids, the…

Rise of the Machines: Autonomous killer robots ‘could be developed in 20 years’

Militaries  around the world ‘very excited’ about replacing soldiers with robots that can  act independently U.S. leads  the way with automated weapons systems, but drones still need remote control  operator authorisation to open fire Human  Rights Watch calls for worldwide ban on autonomous killing machines before  governments start using them By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED:06:06 EST,…