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Incredible:

Parrot-AR-Drone-QuadricopterHoly that place is FINISHED.  I realize how fortunate I am when I see things like this.

1:03 – What’s that trench for?  Water drainage?

Thoughts?

Gat tip: Keijo

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Bullets through jello, cards, crayons, wine glasses, balloons… mixed in amongst other non gun related destruction:

Shot on the Photron SA1.1 … I hate to think how much that camera costs.

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Slow motion footage FTW! This is Pretty awesome.

The video appears to be for the song “Ritalin” by Dancing Pigeons… I had not heard of them before, but they have my attention now… actually they had me at “flamethrower”.

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Yesterday when I reported on the leak of the video footage, for some reason I attached the edited video rather than the full one.  The edited video is more of a “highlights reel”.

Here is the full 40 minute unedited video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=is9sxRfU-ik[/youtube]

I stayed out of the discussion on the previous post, and I’m going to do the same on this one.  I have no experience flying Apache helicopters, and no experience as a soldier, so anything I would write about this incident would be useless, and purely opinion based on my impression watching the video from a comfortable leather chair while sipping in iced tea.

Some documents released yesterday under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) relating to the incident:

Some pictures emailed to me which some of you might find humorous:

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WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people (July 12, 2007) in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-site, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rXPrfnU3G0[/youtube]

Near the beginning of the video they talk about “guys with AK-47s” and “RPGs”, when the men in question are clearly carrying professional cameras.

More information at the WikiLeaks site – Collateral Murder

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Police in a handful of cities are testing a new technology that puts cameras in the hands – and on the heads – of police officers.

Full Story – CBSnews

I’m torn whether I like this idea or not.

In most instances I believe placing more accountability on police officers individually is a great idea.  I believe that because of their power, it is occasionally abused in one way or another.  Having a camera on them for their entire shift might make them think twice about doing, or saying something questionable.  The other part of me thinks that a complete record of their actions during their shift is a bad thing because there will be a flood of complaints and requests to “review” the footage to see if an officer acted how they should have.  For example,  I could really care less if some scumbag who just robbed a convenience store had their face driven into the ground, got tasered, and was called a bunch of names by the arresting officer(s).  All I picture happening most of the time because of these cameras, is otherwise solid cases being thrown out over a technicality uncovered after combing through the video footage.

Also, I think the camera would be more effective if it was not visible to someone that didn’t know what to look for.  Having a Star Trek Borg style headset on the officers isn’t very subtle.

The cameras are made by the TASER company, and the footage is securely stored at taser company division evidence.comThe cameras reportedly cost $1700 each, and have a $100 per month service fee.

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