Good morning. Here’s your Daily Situational Awareness for Monday, 16 May 2022. You can receive this daily briefing by signing up at https://forwardobserver.com/daily-sa
MILLIONS COULD DIE IN GLOBAL FOOD CRISIS: Russia’s blockade of Ukrainian ports on the Black Sea could lead to starvation around the globe. David Beasley, head of the United Nations World Food Program, said Russia blocked “hundreds” of ships carrying Ukrainian agricultural products and continued strikes on the port city of Odesa. He said, “Millions of people around the world will die because these ports are being blocked…This is a direct consequence of Russian aggression, which can be overcome only together by all Europeans, by the whole free world.” – D.M.
CHINESE DRONE SWARMS HUNT HUMANS LIKE WOLF PACKS: Researchers at China’s Zhejiang University have trained drone swarms to hunt humans using wolf pack tactics. This latest breakthrough in drone technology, demonstrated in a recent video released by the university, uses packs of about a dozen lightweight drones in a single swarm that can individually navigate through forests and around obstacles. The drones can communicate across the swarm to track a human target moving at speed and using cover in attempts to hide. The drones don’t run on GPS and are not required to connect to an external network, allowing them to be deployed in areas with poor satellite coverage. – M.M.
ICE RUNNING DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE OPERATION: The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “now operates as a domestic surveillance agency,” according to a Georgetown Law’s Center investigation. ICE can collect data on citizens and non-citizens, access DMV databases for facial scans, collect and store biometric data, and digital surveillance. In 2020, ICE prohibited the use of facial recognition technology in its Enforcement and Removal Operations, but not its Homeland Security Investigations. – D.M.
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