When it comes to drones, the DHS is MIA, lawmakers said ...
Members of Congress from both parties fear that the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t crafted adequate security protocols for the looming explosion of private, domestic drone use.
Witnesses, including a University of Texas professor (Todd Humphreys) who hijacked a drone last month, told the House Homeland Security subcommittee on oversight, investigations and management that, with the proper equipment and expertise, it’s relatively easy to jam drones’ GPS signals and take control of them.
Drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, are currently used only by the military and law enforcement agencies.
But they will be available for commercial and personal use beginning in 2015, and critics say the federal government isn’t considering how dangerous they could be in the wrong hands.
By Ben Wolfgang
19 Jul 2012