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Mon Jan 26, 2015, 01:18 PM

 

Small drone crashes at White House complex, origin unclear

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Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — A small drone flying low to the ground crashed onto the White House grounds before dawn Monday, triggering a major emergency response and raising fresh questions about security at the presidential mansion.

Although President Barack Obama was not at home, the security breach prompted a lockdown of the entire complex until officials could examine the drone. The White House later said the drone did not pose a threat.

The Secret Service launched an immediate investigation into the origins of the drone, which crashed on the southeast side of the White House grounds just after 3 a.m. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said officials were also working to identify any suspects and determine what their motive might have been.

The device was described as a two-foot-long quadcopter — an unmanned aircraft that is lifted by four propellers. Many small quadcopters are essentially sophisticated toys that can also be useful for commercial operations like aerial photography and inspections. Often weighing only a few pounds, they sell for as little as a few hundred dollars or less, and were popular Christmas gifts last year.

The Secret Service said the drone discovered Monday was of the commercially available variety.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/e1de0bc219ec49ebb3525652465ad8fd/spokesman-secret-service-recovers-device-white-house



If the GOPricks had their druthers, nukes would be commercially available, which would add a whole other meaning to NRA.

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Response to Stephen Retired (Original post)

Mon Jan 26, 2015, 01:43 PM

1. Hurry Rethugs,

If you want a drone buy it soon,,,, they will not be available for Q public soon. They are going to be classified , registered and controlled just like shoulder fired missiles.

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Mon Jan 26, 2015, 02:03 PM

2. It's from Radio Shack®; they're demanding a bailout, too

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Mon Jan 26, 2015, 02:48 PM

3. Locking as a duplicate which is not allowed in LBN.

Please add this info to the existing thread.
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