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.”