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Security Issues: Of Drones and Deep-Cover Spies

Nano-Quad-RC-Drone-04Threats to the U.S. government abound. Some may say that the greatest threats come from those actually running the country, but that’s another topic for another day. Have you heard what happened yesterday?

In the early morning hours of Monday, a two-foot-long, quad copter drone (four propellers) crashed on the White House lawn. That caused the Secret Service to scramble at 3:00 a.m. Turns out that it was a hobbyist’s drone, which causes me to ask: who is the world is playing around with a play airplane in the middle of the US-WEATHER-SNOW-STORMnight if not someone conspiring to do nefarious things?

We own a private plane and non-commercial aircraft observe a no-fly zone for many miles around Washington, DC. But drones can now fly right in? During the summer, other nearby drones were discovered and confiscated near the White House grounds.

You gotta be kidding. Something needs to be rethought there. Where’s security before the fact?

Spy-Arrest-FBI-Russia-Russian-spyThen on the spy scene we have prosecutors in federal court in Manhattan charging three Russian citizens with passing information and trying to recruit Americans to join them. The espionage charges relate to gathering information about sanctions against Russian banks, as well as alternative energy development within the U.S. Defendants include Yevgeny Buryakov, a supposed Russian bank employee, along with Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy, said to be low-level diplomats already out of the country.

Buryakov is alleged to have been working for Moscow’s SVR russian-spies-fbi-york.siforeign intelligence agency as a covert agent in New York in 2012 on the heels of 10 deep-cover Russian agents arrested in 2010. Under surveillance since 2012, FBI report dozens of meetings where the supposed banker Buryakov passed a bag, magazine, or slip of paper to Sporyshev. And trying to recruit others. It took two years to nab them?

You gotta be kidding. First it’s a drone crashing onto the White House lawn, now it’s a couple of Russians slipping each other an item straight out of 007. It conjures images of Johnny English or Max Smart and would almost be laughable if it weren’t so serious.

Who’s running this country? While the snow paralyzes the rest of the country, I might take over….

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