While our nation has been preoccupied with the position that football players take during the National Anthem, the FBI is hard at work fighting terrorists.
The modern face of radical Islamic terror has been all-too prevalent in Europe, where the Syrian refugee crisis has allowed a number of disguised caliphate fighters to infiltrate the continent. In their attacks, these terrorists have expanded the range of their weaponry to include not only the traditional firearms and explosives, but also knives, acid, and a bevy of heavy duty vehicles.
Here in the United States we have been thankfully devoid of massive Islamic terror attacks in recent years, with only a few incidents to speak of in the last decade. Now, however, the FBI is focusing on a possible new threat to the nation, coming straight from ISIS and into the American airspace.
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“’I think we do know that terrorist organizations have an interest in using drones,’ Wray testified in a hearing for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
“’We’ve seen that overseas already with growing frequency. I think the expectation is that it’s coming here imminently. I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and quite difficult to disrupt and monitor,’ Wray added.
“Nicholas Rasmussen, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center echoed Wray’s concerns.
The FAA has been in the hot seat over the debate regarding domestic drones for some time, as the technology of these devices is becoming increasingly easier to manufacture, and, in turn, much less expensive.
While there are currently few locales that require licensing to operate small, unmanned aircraft, the push to regulate these devices continues to grow, and not only for terror prevention purposes. A great many of these handheld aerial “toys” contain high-definition cameras, and as such, have posed a privacy risk. There have been reports accumulating over the course of the last few years in which these devices have been used as virtual peeping Toms, spying on young women who were sunbathing or otherwise deposed, with no possible why of determining who the offender at the controls was.