This is the second in a series on the potential for drones or Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) to have a major negative impact on the privacy and security of all citizens in the country. There is little evidence that the private or corporate use of Drones by in the U.S. is seen as a Security Risk, i.e., the use of Drones as delivery platforms for CBRNE threats.
We have always looked to the Congressional Research Service (CRS) for a balanced analysis of new technology and the potential for misuse by those who would do us harm. We reviewed reams of CRS reports on Drones without finding any recommended caution about the obvious potential for harm other than the loss of privacy. For example, Texas was the first state in the country to restrict ownership of drones to Law Enforcement and State Government. Despite wide ranging concerns from several states, Congress put the development of Drone technology on the fast track and the commercialization of the industry exploded. State legislators have addressed the issue of how to limit ownership and use of these machines with a focus on privacy and not security, apparently not understanding the potential for harm and destruction the drones offer to potential terrorists and mentally unstable criminals who have until now been limited to assault weapons and homemade explosives.
Ironically, reams of open source information are available on how the military can use these platforms to deliver up close CBRNE and targeted deadly attacks. It is hard to believe this blindness on the part of Congress to the national security concerning drones when they are simultaneously funding DARPA, the USAF, and several other entities that are refining the drone into smaller and more deadly tools every day.