Revolution and Beer was first to describe the rapidly emerging dangers of unregulated Drone technology in the new book “A Tragic Fate: Politics, Oil, the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Looming Threats to Civil Aviation,” (http://www.amazon.com/TRAGIC-FATE-Politics-Malaysia-Airlines-ebook/dp/B00RPXWDPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422283768&sr=1-1&keywords=a+tragic+fate&pebp=1422283780943&peasin=B00RPXWDPK). Initial reports describe the discovery Monday morning of a small drone on the White House grounds. Video appears to show a small object crashing into the north lawn of the White House around 3:15 am. It was described as a quad-copter type drone about 2 feet in diameter. President was away on a dimplomatic trip to India at the time.
FOX News’ brett Bayer made light of the discovery of an apparent drone on the grounds of the White House this morning. He was far more interested in Sarah Palin’s ramblings at the so-called “Freedom Summit” of republican millionaires vying for president in 2016 to help other millionaires. Had this alarming breach have happened while a republican president was in office it would have been a call to arms by the media. As it is, an often irresponsible and partisan media will twist the issue to assail any proper and reasonable discussion of comprehensive regulations aimed at protecting the public.
Drone technology represents a revolution in everything from warfare to commerce and movie making, but it also offers unprecedented opportunities for unregulated government abuse, as well as for terrorists and criminals. From voyeuristic violations of privacy and civil liberties to potential violence, legislation is necessary to keep pace with this new and rapidly evolving industry. The FAA currently is struggling to get a handle on the issue, and there are virtually no clear regulations regarding drones in the United States. Just in the last year there have been dozens of reported close calls between commercial airlines and drones. Europe currently has the strongest drone legislation. Even a small drone, like the one found Monday on the White House lawn, could have catastrophic consequences in a collision with a drone.
Given the time and location, the likelihood that this incident was an accident is extremely remote. The White House is a virtual fortress, bounded on one side by federal buildings, and by the National Mall on another. The operator, who has not been named or found at the time of this writing would have likely guided the drone deliberately onto the grounds. Whether that amounts to an act of espionage, terrorism or a terribly misguided prank remains to be seen as officials investigate. However, this represents a significant breach, and highlights both the capabilities and dangers of drone, as well as the need for stronger oversight.
For more on the emerging threat posed by drones, and a look at international laws regarding this technology check out, “A Tragic Fate,” by WC Turck, available now exclusively as an e-book at Amazon.com
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WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com
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