The US Department of Homeland Security is seeking a license to track drones that are used for dangerous missions. This is because several terrorist groups have attempted and used drones to create havoc in war-torn countries. This already deems dangerous for the United States and other nations around the world.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen of Homeland Security addressed the Senate on Tuesday that Department of Homeland Security needs “clear legal authority to identify, track and mitigate drones that could pose a danger to the public and to DHS operations, according to Reuters.
A bipartisan group of senators introduced authoritative legislation on Tuesday to give Department of Homeland Security the Justice Department the permission to protect certain infrastructures such as buildings and assets, which are vulnerable to damages during an unacceptable security risk, especially when the risk will endanger public safety by an autonomous drone. This authorizes officials to take control, disrupt communications, and destroy armed drones that threaten national security.
Government officials are concerned that dangerous drones could get very close in proximity to sensitive government locations and public places such as like military bases, airports and sports stadiums. Department of Homeland Security is also pushing for additional authority to deal with drones. Not only certain officials, but law enforcement should be given responsibilities to steer away from drone attacks when needed.
Although drones are used for various useful purposes such as medical services, film and music video production, rescue operations during epidemics and crop inspections, just like everything else, it has its vices. Drones are constantly used in crimes such as break-ins, smuggling, and hacking law enforcement sectors. For example, an FBI rescue team was harassed by a swarm of drones, causing them to lose focus on the crisis. Terror groups are constantly pursuing new tactics with drones and chemical weapons.