Domestic drone concerns
Could they present a huge security threat?
- Duration 5:35
- Date Jul 5, 2012
Could they present a huge security threat?
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It just shows that the kind of mentality that we got after 9/11 where we reinforce the cockpit door.
To prevent people hijacking planes what we need to adopt that mentality as far as the navigation systems for these UAV's.
Professor -- -- of the University of Texas who as you saw a few minutes ago it experiments at UT and for the federal government.
Managed to take control of -- drone was flying -- honestly with GPS.
That they can be hijacked -- potentially target missiles -- back with our panel -- you watched -- report what are your thoughts.
Scared to be GB gentlemen I mean this is amazing that they had -- any reports about this until I saw your segment here.
Look I'm against drones over American -- the grounds of privacy.
But set that aside we now have a huge national security issue here we are spending billions -- dollars a year on the TSA.
We you know strip searching toddlers and nuns and elderly people to protect our airports.
And we're now speaking about opening up first guys to thousands of these autonomous.
Which as you showed.
A bunch of graduate student as an assistant professor -- takes charge of and turned into missiles like on nine elevenths I mean if this isn't completely address that we shouldn't even begin to think.
Of allowing -- in the country and that would mean.
Fail safe mechanisms.
And having something in built in these so that if anything is detected.
As having been hijacked it in his self destruction instantly than anything.
Short of why we shouldn't have these anywhere near our -- I put it over Canada perhaps for another.
And why would you do that well the -- -- the twelve good.
I'm still fighting that there -- it sent some events keep grudges for a loan -- that the drums and will be flying over US airspace initially will be small.
Less than point five pounds but they.
Could get much -- as we reported that.
FedEx wants drones to be able to fly cargo from place to place and in fact some of the first experience -- that will take place in in Alaska.
You know right now the method of controlling the drones is fairly rudimentary you can tell it that it somewhere other than it thinks it is an adjustment you could probably.
Think it's a word on the -- somebody will create an algorithm to reverse the -- -- that the able to take control it.
-- your thoughts about this written Steven you should this program go ahead should the government look more into fail safe mechanisms as Charles was saying about that.
Technology is moving so fast here and indeed just the idea of -- was foreign to lost ten or fifteen years ago and now we're talking about in being all -- the airspace for all these different purposes commercial ventures.
Military ventures obviously governmental -- police ventures.
Eight clearly the regulatory structure and the thinking on the -- the catch up with the technological advancements because.
It raises all sorts of issues about this certainly privacy -- I think much more much more concerning that it's just actual security it's that easy to hack these things.
So I think you're gonna have that there's gonna be happy to pause button -- that's pushed at some point in and say let's take a step back let's figure out.
Where these things are going to be how we're gonna regulate that kind of airspace because we spend so much time in the commercial -- you have to allow that any kind of -- system would would raise lots of security.
Yeah I mean it's such as regulating the air space but it's also hardening the GPS system DHS as we reported Stevens got.
A couple Mason programs going -- watching patriot shield.
To try to detect and and perhaps foiled this but the programs are poorly funded would you suggest and -- know how tough you aren't spending.
And would you suggest that those programs be better fund.
No I would suggest that we do everything we can't to keep these things from taking place in the first place I mean usually you don't wanna see him up there I don't wanna see him up there and and and welcoming for I think there obviously to national security implications but I would go back to Charles first -- -- -- is what concerns me.
Even more because it -- on the national security side you could get what we have is basically a constant race -- -- trying to stay.
One step ahead of you work your enemies in much the same way that we're doing and cyber security I think with respect to privacy.
You can't go anywhere in the country these days without being seen without being watched.
There are -- huge.
As civil liberties concerns.
With these drones and even if they are put into the -- with the best of intentions.
I probably wouldn't agree with a lot of those intentions but even if we all agreed.
Did the possibility for significant abuse of those just scares the scares me does does it seem -- you look at tempting terrorist target term.
Absolutely and when you think about a group of you know a group -- university working on this probably.
You know a few hours on weekends -- imagine what would happen if the Chinese what they are running in Missouri others are terrorists who are organized.
-- I decided to work on the technology I think the Chinese already has we talked about this earlier -- drone we lost.
Over Iran it could've landed to be because -- -- jam.
And has emergency instructions to land but it could also have been.
As -- Iran is -- claim we're not sure if it's true.
Taken over and they for the Iranians or the Chinese are working on this we don't want to let this anywhere near us until we figure out.
How to prevent that.
It seemed to be fair to.
Professor conference in the -- was injures were -- as they were working on this for.
It's it's about a very very very bright mind so it's still the Chinese Government -- -- university -- engineering department.
It's a matter of scale.
Absolutely general thanks for joining us on this independence they really appreciate -- appreciate you coming.