RCMP worried about possible terrorism threat from drones, documents show

The RCMP is concerned about terrorists getting their hands on off-the-shelf drones to target critical infrastructure and VIPs, internal documents show.

An intelligence assessment titled Extremist Exploitation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles says there have been more than a dozen alleged plots around the world to use remote-piloted aircraft to carry explosives or chemical and biological agents. None of the plots succeeded.

There is no indication in the assessment about specific threats to Canada. But a separate document shows that an RCMP committee has been developing guidelines for intercepting weaponized drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), including whether it’s OK to shoot them down.

In a statement Monday, RCMP spokesman Sgt. Greg Cox said: “The RCMP is always concerned about the use of new technology for potential terrorist purposes, including UAVs. However, we take the appropriate steps to address these potential threats and to ensure the safety and security of Canadians is protected.”

  • tom_billesley

    Pakistani terrorists in the UK discussed using a remote control model car to carry a bomb under security gates to explode under a vehicle at an army reserve base in Luton.
    [Link] Guardian 15 Apr 2013
    Already light sentences reduced on appeal: Grrr…
    [Link] Luton on Sunday 31 Oct 2014

    • I suspect it may only be a matter of time before we see another effort, the payload capacity, range and control continue to increase.

  • What is evident is how much the Islamists/Moslems, though essentially uncreative barbarians, are currently using the products of Western technology to attack the West. Mobile phones and the internet are essential to their current successes. Now this, mass produced drones.

    • I have no doubt they are experimenting with their use.

  • James Holmes Left Wing Loon

    Hmmm … undoubtedly they will use thier expanded powers for good …just like in High River where they ‘protected’ Canadians !

    • tom_billesley

      “RCMP committee has been developing guidelines … including whether it’s OK to shoot them down.”

      RCMP will be round next week to confiscate your sporting shotguns. They wouldn’t want you to take the initiative and shoot a drone – RCMP gets to consider doing that themselves but only after their guidelines have been published (in summary form only).

    • Oh yea, you can trust em;)

  • Hey, it’s Islam.

    Muslims strap bombs to their children.

    What do you expect them to do with a drone?

    • Minicapt

      Elect him to the “Palestinian Assembly”.


  • Dana Garcia

    When I look at all the exposed blades on the gizmo pictured, I think more about local teenagers going wild more than jihadists.

    But maybe I was just warned too many times as a kid that my cap-gun might put my eye out,

  • b_marco

    They would be especially nasty with, say, compact thermobarics. It’s possible we’ll see a time when crowded areas are blanketed in RF jamming. Thanks, religion of peace.

  • Gettingby

    They should worry. Imagine a nobody who manages to hook up two shotgun shells to such a conveyance blowing the head off a lying, entitled, parasitical politician or such as they strut around the country enjoying the perks of their corruption. What if it became a national sport?

  • Dana Garcia

    Kangaroo wins when drone attacks!