MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:
Your camera drone can now be shot down with US government permission if you fly it over a military base. That’s a new policy that was recently signed off on by the Pentagon.
The Military Times reports that the actual policy itself is classified material and was sent out to US military branches back in July. The gist of the policy, however, was confirmed by Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis yesterday.
Basically, bases “retain the right of self-defense when it comes to UAVs or drones operating over [them,]” Davis says. “The new guidance does afford us the ability to take action to stop these threats and that includes disabling, destroying and tracking.”
The FAA already banned the flying of drones over US military bases back in early April, citing “national security concerns.”
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