New FBI Director Christopher Wray testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on Wednesday, and he had some stark warnings about the future of Islamic terrorism inside the United States. Terrorists, he said, were developing the ability to carry out attacks on the homeland using drones – an attack capability that could not be easily countered by local law enforcement authorities.
“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 it’s coming here imminently,” Wray said. “I think they are relatively easy to acquire, relatively easy to operate, and I think quite difficult to disrupt and monitor.”
Wray’s testimony was accentuated by that of Nicholas Rasmussen of the National Counterterrorism Center. Rasmussen told the committee that terrorists could equip drones with grenades or chemical weapons to cause maximum havoc.
“Two years ago this was not a problem. One year ago this was an emerging problem. Now it’s a real problem, and so we are quickly trying to up our game,” Rasmussen said.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that ISIS has been steadily working on drone technology for years:
ISIS first acquired commercial drones two years ago for surveillance purposes, but has since demonstrated a mounting desire to use the technology in attacks against U.S.-led coalition forces.
The militant group earlier this year announced the creation of an “Unmanned Aircraft of the Mujahideen” unit made up of bomb-equipped drones intended to present “a new source of horror for the apostates!” In its official al-Naba newsletter, ISIS said its drones had killed nearly 40 Iraqi troops in one week, though the Washington Post dismissed the claim as “almost certainly exaggerated.”
ISIS released a propaganda video in February showing jihadists using a drone to drop a bomb on an Iraqi army outpost. The blast scattered Iraqi troops and appeared to leave one person either dead or wounded.
In February, Steven Stalinsky of the Middle East Research Institute said it was only a matter of time before ISIS took their regional war capabilities and adapted them for a civilian population.
“They’re now showing that these devices can be effective on the battlefield,” Stalinsky told the Washington Post. “With the way these groups use social media, my worry is that they’re also putting the idea into people’s heads that this is something you can now do.”
So if you weren’t concerned enough about Islamists and their use of bombs, vans, guns, and airplanes, here’s something else to worry about. God knows our civilization will not be safe until every single one of these rats are eliminated from the surface of the planet.