Thursday, October 31, 2013

The Next Global Security Threat: Small Drones With Explosives

The Next Global Security Threat: Explosive Devices On Small Drones -- The Atlantic

A recent drone prank at an event where Angela Merkel was speaking underlines the threat these aircraft pose if they fall into the hands of terrorists.

Recently Angela Merkel has found herself in two complex situations. The first, as we all know, has stirred a bitter global debate about American spying. The second, though largely ignored, deserves at least as much attention because it may have even larger implications for international security. It’s about a prank using a drone.

Let’s start with the first: The chancellor is furious with Barack Obama. She called to berate him for U.S. snooping. “We need to have trust in our allies, and this trust must now be established once again,” she said a few days later.

Merkel is not the only head of government who is upset at the U.S. Dilma Rousseff, her Brazilian counterpart, abruptly cancelled a state visit to Washington when it became public that the United States was spying on her. President Francois Hollande of France is also indignant, as is Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta. Upon learning that the U.S. and U.K. intelligence services had been monitoring Italy’s telecommunication networks, Letta said, "It is inconceivable and unacceptable that there should be acts of espionage of this type."

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My Comment: Instead of an assassin's bullet .... why not an armed drone .... or what I would like to call .... an airborne IED. I would wager that after what had happened with Angela Merkel .... the U.S. Secret Service and the Secret Service agencies of other governments are now going to be on the lookout for such drones and what they may be carrying.

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