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house Bill H.R. 4432

Should Homeland Security Study the Threat of Drones to Critical Infrastructure?

Argument in favor

Drones are an emerging terrorism threat to critical infrastructure and public safety. It’s important for Homeland Security to ensure Congress has the information it needs to make appropriate policies.

Stephanie's Opinion
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02/10/2020
Now if you can treat our infrastructure with the same importance by allocating funds to fix it so that terrorist might actually feel that they are viable targets. Just a suggestion.
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02/10/2020
Shouldn’t Homeland security study all perceived threats? Isn’t that kind of their job?
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djpearson's Opinion
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02/10/2020
Drones are a rising way of destruction around the world. We need to be proactive.
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Argument opposed

There are already various anti-drone efforts underway in both the executive branch and various federal agencies, so there’s no need to task DHS with more research on the topic.

John's Opinion
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02/10/2020
We need to study the threat of Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham to our national security.
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Ticktock's Opinion
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02/10/2020
The actual threat is from domestic drone owners not foreign entities and a threat of that nature would fall under the responsibility of the FBI and the CIA. As far as regulating drone ownership and operation the FAA should investigate and license the operation of both industrial and personal use. Legislators tend to allude to terrorist in order to sensationalize the topic but most terrorist are domestic not foreign and most drone operators will be owned domestically by citizens or businesses here in the U.S.
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Leslie's Opinion
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02/10/2020
No need to duplicate existing efforts (waste money)! “There are already various anti-drone efforts underway in both the executive branch and various federal agencies, so there’s no need to task DHS with more research on the topic.
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    Now if you can treat our infrastructure with the same importance by allocating funds to fix it so that terrorist might actually feel that they are viable targets. Just a suggestion.
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    We need to study the threat of Donald Trump and Lindsey Graham to our national security.
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    The actual threat is from domestic drone owners not foreign entities and a threat of that nature would fall under the responsibility of the FBI and the CIA. As far as regulating drone ownership and operation the FAA should investigate and license the operation of both industrial and personal use. Legislators tend to allude to terrorist in order to sensationalize the topic but most terrorist are domestic not foreign and most drone operators will be owned domestically by citizens or businesses here in the U.S.
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    The FAA already addresses threats from drones of all sizes that can endanger in-flight aircraft along their flight path, and the part of the FAA that does this was already made part of DHS. Drones used for criminal intent are already part of FBI’s charter and weaponized drones are already being assessed by the military. So I am not sure why we need specific legislation to ask these folks to sit down and compare notes on occasion to generate an annual report. It would help each ‘agency’ in their primary missions do their job. I am concerned about making this a legislated directive which would be another excuse to make new ‘offices of’ and assigned staff for no particularly good reason. Further, the kinds of drones that could damage infrastructure or be weaponized have to have a payload capacity and battery life sufficient for sustained flight times to do meaningful damage. These are not the lower priced hobbyist/enthusiast drones and cost more than a couple hundred dollars. This is not a one-size-fits-all problem that requires legislation. If this legislation were to move forward, it will need to have some delineation regarding payload capacity, altitude limits, flight time, flight controller range, flight speed, programmability and maybe other pertinent factors. Drones that can be weaponized could become an infrastructure issue in the future and may need restrictions or licensing. I would not think that most hobbyist-class drones need to be included.
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    No need to duplicate existing efforts (waste money)! “There are already various anti-drone efforts underway in both the executive branch and various federal agencies, so there’s no need to task DHS with more research on the topic.
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    No need for wasting money on duplicate efforts. Made yet ANOTHER account SneakyPeat/Dave/Steve? You are violating the TOS again. Don’t be shocked when you get banned. Again.
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    Has anyone stopped to think about the educational implications of all the recent restrictions on drones? Kids need to have hands on opportunities to learn, try and explore new technologies. Ron, if your going to ban everything that can be “weaponized” why don’t you start with toothpicks and caster beans.
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    This bill, without amendments, would stop Union members for being able to exercise their rights to picket during a strike. I highly disagree with this bill, unless amended to allow Union to exercise that protected activities during a labor dispute
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    Shouldn’t Homeland security study all perceived threats? Isn’t that kind of their job?
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    I don’t see any compelling reason to pursue this report, especially considering there are already similar actions in place. I’d rather see these resources go towards humanitarian aid abroad —bolstering our aid efforts abroad will help to reduce the threat of foreign terrorism in the future— or researching effective ways to neutralize home-grown terrorist threats.
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    Worrying about drones from foreign Terrorists is a waste of time & taxpayer money because internal terrorism is a much greater problem. Foreign terrorists aren’t shooting & killing children everyday. More people have been killed by American terrorists than soldiers overseas. American drone owners not foreign ones are the threat for our people. They would come under the responsibility of the FBI and the CIA. The FAA should be responsible for investigating and licensing the ownership & operation of drones being used for industrial & personal use. The republicans blame foreign terrorists so that they can sensationalize & spread misinformation that most terrorist are foreign when they are actually domestic. Drone operators will be citizens or businesses here in the U.S.
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    The stupid, narcissistic drone in the White (Supremacy) House is the biggest threat to national security. No study needed!!
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    This is a waste of taxpayer money. Soon the government will want to reduce our social security and Medicare, things that I have paid for for over 40 years, in order to pay for frivolous things like this.
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    OPEN BORDERS are a THREAT To Nation Security- and Bills such as the DNC ‘New Way Forward ACT’ are a GRAVE Threat. The DNC want Votes at all costs- NOT a Safe Country!!
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    We do not need another agency to study drones & their threat to infrastructure. What we need is for those government entities to share amongst agencies the drone threats, who needs to respond and how. Agencies, send your best to share at a drone/GCS summit to plan and begin implementing protections. This should be done yearly, as the technology advances, the plan may change. You can do it!
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    I think we need to spend money on our infrastructure and investigate in the criminal in the people’s house.
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    OMG, DRONES!! Maybe start with an actual real-time threat like DJT and his Senate lackeys. (Yes, you Lindsey and Tim.)
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    It would be cheaper to supply prison guards with shotgun nets to shoot down drones. Might even be more feasible to create and implement an automated jamming system that prevents drones from coming within a prescribed distance of specific structures. The US Government already has this capability, why research anything else?
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    THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE has all n ecessary information on drones in terms of capacity, payload, as well as its impact on infrastructure!! Not only that but we have used drones extensively to know a lot more that the public will never know!! combining drones with limited nuclear devastation that is presently deployed in our submarines would force nations to surrender before Trump declares war on anybody!!WE ARE BECOMING A STATE TERRORISM LIKE THE WORLD HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE!!
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