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Defending against the" gyrocoptor"

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I've been away from the news cycle and this website for a few days, but what caught my attention is the guy that flew his gyrocoptor "under the radar" right up to the Capitol Hill lawn where he landed without incident. A Homeland Security person interviewed said that normally the military would "scramble jets" when a airplane was headed towards the Capitol or White House, but in this case the gyrocoptor flew too low to be detected.

    It would seem that those high tech F-35s are no match for a single occupant flying a gyrocoptor just above tree level. In this case he was carrying mail, but he could have carried anything and continued onwards to the White House. Hmmm.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    I saw last night on the News that the Secret Service is going to review it's policies regarding how this single pilot aircraft was able to get so dangerously close to the White house without detection,and also was it an anomaly or a very serious glitch in the security protocol. And given the recent revelations about some agents of the Secret Service and their frat boy mentality perhaps they were not taking their duties as seriously as they should, at any rate some heads will roll over this serious breech.
  • Independent
    Ft.myers, FL
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    The guy came from FL ( did not fly it from there) the media as well a government branch was informed about his daredevil stunt. He wanted publicity for getting "money" out of the elections; I agree with him but by doing this, I guess he got a different attention than he wanted.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Forget about the reason, he exposed for all would be martyrs a serious flaw in the security protocol for the White House, in a way this was a good thing, so now they can tighten up what is needed.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    Johnnycee -- I will agree with you. But I was wondering how the Secret Service can "tighten up" security for a gyrocopter or a small drone delivering a small package. Some of these small drones and gyrocopters can fly pretty fast undetected right above tree or building level. It must be the Secret Service's worst nightmare that is now rearing its ugly head.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    It is becoming a nightmare for sure, but I am long out of the defensive measures thinking that is being deployed today, I can only imagine some type of laser radar weapon combination , hell we spend billions on one jet fighter/bomber alone, I am sure the R&D boys can up with something, especially if the money is right.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    johnnycee Wrote: Forget about the reason, he exposed for all would be martyrs a serious flaw in the security protocol for the White House, in a way this was a good thing, so now they can tighten up what is needed.
    The secret service doesn't police the Capitol building. Capitol Police do. The Secret Service protects the White House, which was not where this copter landed. There is radar and a small army with missiles and other defenses on top of the White House. A small copter or plane would be shot down before it was able to hit it.

    So this is no scandal for the Secret Service because they weren't involved in the incident in any way. Blame the Capitol Police for not doing their jobs, not the Secret Service.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    Schmidt: But I was wondering how the Secret Service can "tighten up" security for a gyrocopter or a small drone delivering a small package. Some of these small drones and gyrocopters can fly pretty fast undetected right above tree or building level. It must be the Secret Service's worst nightmare that is now rearing its ugly head.
    I'm quite certain that the military personnel hanging out on top of the White House would be able to shoot down a small copter before it is able to hit the White House. I do have confidence in their ability to shoot down something if they have to.

    The Capitol is a lot less protected though. I couldn't say how it could be protected 24/7. It's a massive complex that is vulnerable from pretty much all sides. I would be far more worried about a plane or copter flying into the Capitol than the White House.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Schmidt Wrote: Johnnycee -- I will agree with you. But I was wondering how the Secret Service can "tighten up" security for a gyrocopter or a small drone delivering a small package. Some of these small drones and gyrocopters can fly pretty fast undetected right above tree or building level. It must be the Secret Service's worst nightmare that is now rearing its ugly head.
    For a little thing like a drone to be so close to the White House must certainly send chills up the spine of the Secret Service, thank God it was an unarmed craft,.