Just A Bag Of Nails

By   Professor John Walker
Visiting Professor , Trent University (NTU) | Jan 09, 2019 05:02 am PST

About 10 years ago now, I recall discussing my concept of internal civil disobedience, and insurgency with another professional – question, ‘just how do you cause widespread chaos by none technical means?’ – answer = employ around 5 individuals, place them on a bridge London (or any other City) over a major feeder road/motorway early on a Monday morning, and spread a few boxes of nails. The resulting accidents, chaos, and logjammed traffic would be enough to impact the City, and all for just a few pounds! Agreed, this is a simplistic, none-technical attack, but just consider the real outcome. Now extrapolate that to the chaos that could be, and is being caused by Drones – and considering they have not even been used to their complete and full adverse potential as yet, we should be looking to the future as to how these Terror-Toys will be leveraged in the medium and longer term, to say, carry explosives into the spatial area of protected environments (say Westminster), or to download their poisonous payload of say, Anthrax or Sarin onto their below awaiting public.

Of my two scenarios, the sad fact is the posed threat by drones is potentially the easiest to deal with, had/if Law Enforcement and Government bodies had taken/take the required action of registration, and control to remove the ease of ownership – agreed, it will not remove the threat in its entirety, but I hope you will agreed that the purchase of a drone is hopefully more controllable than a box of nails.

In the year of 2019, of the imaginative Criminal, Terrorist, and State Sponsored mind, we really do need to step up to the plate of futuristic threats as a scenario prior to them becoming a reality!

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