On Wednesday, Congress was warned by FBI Director Christopher Wray that terrorists will soon launch drone warfare against the United States because the technology is easy to acquire and hard to trace.
In testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Wray said:
“I think we do know that terrorist organizations have an interest in using drones. We’ve seen that overseas already with some growing frequency. And I think the expectation is that it’s coming here imminently. I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and quite difficult to disrupt and monitor.”
Also on the panel was National Counterterrorism Center director Nicholas Rasmussen who said ISIS and other terror groups frequently use drones to carry out attacks in Iraq and Syria. Payloads possible with drones could be small bombs, such as grenades, or they could be used to disperse chemical weapons remotely. The possibilities are endless. Both men warn that terrorists here in the U.S. are preparing to use this technology in future plots.
“Two years ago this was not a problem. A year ago this was an emerging problem,” Rasmussen stated. “Now, it’s a real problem, and so, we’re quickly trying to up our game.”