Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

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A staff member from DJI Technology demonstrates the DJI Phantom 2 VIsion+ drone.PIC: Kin Cheung/APIf you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quadcopter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination.The conference was open to civilians, but explicitly closed to the press. One attendee described it as an eye-opener. The officials played videos of low-cost drones firing semi-automatic weapons, revealed that Syrian rebels…
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