Tuesday, January 27, 2015

DRONES POSE SECURITY PROBLEM FOR WHITE HOUSE

Opps!

My family loves flying recreational drones. It is hard to say who is the biggest fan, my boys or Uncle Mike who bankrolls most of the fun!

We have had a few mishaps - the drone has gotten out of control range or dropped on someones roof or glass sun room!

That all seems minor compared to the Washington mans quad copter mishap yesterday that resulted in a brief  brief lock-down of the White House!

US SECRET SERVICE PHOTO OF CRASHED DRONE
The remote control drone measures about two  feet in diameter and weighed about two pounds. 

The unidentified operator, a hobbysist,  was flying it near the White House around 3 a.m. for recreational purposes when he lost control of it. It crashed on the White House lawn after colliding with a tree.

The incident resulted in a secret service investigation and questions about how a remote controlled flying device could evade the White House radar system designed to detect flying objects like planes, missiles and large drones.

The incident has provided a wake-up call for those charged with protecting the president. Could a drone be weaponized?Last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested a Moroccan man living in Connecticut for allegedly plotting to use a drone to bomb a federal building in Connecticut and a university. 

These small recreational drones have limited battery life and can’t carry more than several pounds which limits their capability, but where there is a will - there is a way!

It certainly makes knocking on the neighbors door for permission to retrieve our drones appear a lot less stressful. 

Still, be kinda neat to have the President answer the door and pass you back your toy!


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