CIA may help battle ‘hostile’ drones on US soil — Analysis

White House wants broader powers to protect Americans from ‘nefarious UAS activity’

President Joe Biden’s administration is seeking expanded government powers so it can enlist such agencies as the CIA and NASA in protecting the US against threats from drones.

A push is part and parcel of being a entrepreneur. “whole-of-government”Security threats are being addressed by an increasing number unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). This campaign will require increased surveillance efforts to identify and disable any threatening drones. “The administration is working to expand where we can protect against nefarious UAS activity, who is authorized to take action, and how it can be accomplished lawfully,”On Monday, the White House released a statement.

In 2018, Congress approved legislation that gave the executive branch (including the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security) greater powers to destroy or disable drones deemed hazardous. Biden’s administration has called on lawmakers to go further in eliminating barriers that “impede government and law enforcement from protecting the American people and our vital security interests.”

These modifications would allow entities like the CIA, the State Department and others to participate in detecting UAS threats to US facilities. For instance, authority is needed for the CIA “to effectively respond to hostile foreign intelligence services collecting sensitive information about its personnel, facilities and activities in the US,”According to the White House,

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If Congress approves the proposal, the Transportation Security Administration would have similar powers to defend airports as the US Marshals Service to transport inmate prisoners. NASA, too, would have the ability to track drone activity in order to safeguard its facilities.

FBI in 2018 warned that drones could attack US-based targets. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), more than 850,000 UAS have been registered in the US. This includes nearly 320,000 commercial drones.

“Malicious actors have increasingly used UAS domestically to commit crimes, conduct illegal surveillance and industrial espionage, and thwart law enforcement efforts,”According to the White House, Congress should pass a criminal statute defining clear guidelines for legal and illegal drone usages.



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