Sunday, June 3, 2018

Gangs in America
By Howard ComenPrivate Investigator, Journalist

Guns, Fedoras and Capone Replaced by IT Guys and Drones

On our D.C. TV show last Friday (“Shades of Humanity: One Race, Different Shades”), my co-host, Ken McClenton, The Exceptional Conservative TV Show host, and I, his JFK liberal child of the ‘60s co-host, talked about gangs in D.C. and America. They ain’t your fedora-topped gat-packing 1920s era criminals. They have traded in those accoutrements for corporate America, with its IT people, accountants and drones. The bad guys and gals employ countermeasures equal to those learned from the Star Wars/Star Trek science of the future.

IT guys and gals infiltrate law enforcement with drones and hacking that would make Al Capone turn over in his bed of hot coals in hell. Cops on all levels - local, state and federal - have restraints from budgets, civil liberties, politics, and sanctuary cities. The Marquis of Queensberry rules apply to how cops go about protecting us. The bad guys have no rules, regulations, or confines. Their money supply is literally endless as they pay no taxes, and there are no regulations that they abide by. If they need money to buy AK-47s, they steal it from you and me; we are the bank for this new breed of criminal entrepreneur.

Drones have become a huge advantage for gangs:

Surveillance - They fly drones around law enforcement facilities and record who goes in and out. Undercover cops are uncovered. Informants are identified and cut into little pieces and used as bail for the fishes.

Countersurveillance - When they hear of an undercover operation, according to Special Agent Joe Mazel as reported by the Washington Times, gangs compromised officers on a Hostage Rescue Team by buzzing their location with drones and dive bombing the agents, flushing them out.

Smuggling - Forget tunnels and human mules. Drones can fly drugs anywhere; it’s tough to pinpoint location coming or going. Sometimes they deploy explosives to the drones making law enforcement targets.

Enabling Foreign Governments to steal our secrets - Recently the Department of Defense banned drones from the DJls company of China for use by law enforcement. According to the NY Times, these drones have metadata that can easily send sensitive infrastructure information to China.

Hackers - IT bad guys and gals collect data and even control law enforcement drones compromising investigations and even crashing the good guys’ drones. The gang can then retrieve the SD memory card and compromise the investigation.

What do we do about it? Law enforcement drones need to be encrypted so investigations aren’t compromised; and Congress needs stricter laws, regulations, and policies beyond FAA Part 107.

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