It seems like it's going to require a high-profile disaster before anyone gets serious about unmanned death from above. It's not only targeted assassinations that we have to worry about -- intelligence officials are becoming increasingly worried about terrorists and drug cartels mastering such cheap and effective homicide tech. And if that's too far from your own backyard, what about the fact that random nobodies can shut down a major airport for two days at the cost of millions of dollars and over a thousand delayed flights?
These are all reasons the Department of Homeland Security is pleading with Congress for the authority to "redirect, disable, disrupt control of, seize, or confiscate, without prior consent" any drones that pose a potential danger. We know it's tempting to scoff at the idea that a $650 toy could pose that much of a threat, but tell that to this guy in Mosul who almost bled out because ISIS dropped a grenade on him from the sky:
According to DHS official David Glawe, "This threat is upon us today. I wake up in the morning and night just hoping we don't have an attack." But with the current laws on the books, federal agents are only allowed to track and try to catch drones when they land. That's it. They can't legally be shot down. All the authorities can do is shake their fists at the sky like a bunch of angry old men, yelling at clouds.