Warning: This is an urgent message. China may be deploying police drones as ‘national security threat’ equipment to spy on Americans.
THE COUNTRY’S MOST POWERFUL POLICE FORCE IS USING A FLEET OF CHINESE-MADE DRONES, which the US government warns “offer potential national security dangers.”
When questioned about the security of the devices still in use by the NYPD, the department issued a statement saying they “do not conduct actions that would be of national security value.”
The worry arose after a piece in The Intercept looked into issues about DJI devices, which drew the attention of a number of experts who questioned if they posed privacy and security threats.
DJI did not immediately respond to The Sun’s request for comment.
The US Department of Defense issued a memo in July stating that Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) poses “potential national security threats,” and retracted a report claiming that “certain models of DJI systems had been found to be approved for procurement and operations for US government departments and agencies.”
The report was “inaccurate and disorganized,” according to the Department of Defense, and the company’s devices were definitely detrimental to the country and its residents.
Three years ago, the New York Police Department announced the purchase of 14 drones from Da Jiang Innovations, a Shenzhen-based business.
According to the New York Times, they also trained 29 police officers to pilot them.
Former NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill noted at the time, “As the largest municipal police agency in the United States, the NYPD must constantly be willing to exploit the benefits of new and always-improving technology.”
“Part of this transformation is our new Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) program, which allows our highly-trained cops to be even more responsive to the people we serve, and to carry out the NYPD’s essential mission in ways that are more effective, efficient, and safe for everyone,” O’Neill said.
According to the NYPD’s statement to The Sun, the DJI drones are used to benefit and safeguard New Yorkers.
“Unmanned Aircraft Systems are used for numerous police occurrences, including search and rescue operations, crashes, crime scenes, barricaded suspects, and other public safety or emergency incidents,” according to the agency.
The NYPD’s use of drones is likewise totally transparent, according to the statement.
“Reports of this utilization are provided on the NYPD public website on a regular basis.”
The main problem that experts have with DJI drones deployed by the NYPD and other agencies in the United States is that they are required, like other private enterprises in the country, to be accountable to the government.
According to China’s National Intelligence Law, every Chinese enterprise that supports the country’s intelligence activity must exchange data or develop vulnerabilities to enable the Chinese… Brinkwire News in a Nutshell