Ruth Doherty, a top official with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate speaks to Wired’s Danger Room about technology and homeland Security.
Police departments around the country are warming up to unmanned spy planes. But don’t expect the Department of Homeland Security to catch drone fever any time soon. It’s too controversial for an agency already getting hammered for naked scanners and junk-touching. Sure, DHS flies some Predators along the Mexican border. But a broader deployment, above the majority of American skies, to stop terror attacks? Not likely.
“I don’t know how much [drones] will be used within the U.S.,” says Ruth Doherty, a top official with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate tasked with countering the domestic threat of homemade bombs. Asked about domestic drone use for bomb-spotting by Danger Room, she replies, “A case has to be made that they’re economically feasible, not intrusive and acceptable to the public.”