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FBI Director: Terrorists likely to attack U.S. with drones

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NBC News

Christopher Wray said the risk of a drone attack is "steadily increasing" due to their widespread availability and ease of use.

by Rich Schapiro and Tony Capra

The FBI is convinced that terror groups will use drones to carry out attacks on American soil, director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

Wray told a Senate committee hearing the threat of drones and other unmanned aircrafts is "steadily escalating" due to their widespread availability and ease of use.

"The FBI assesses that, given their retail availability, lack of verified identification requirement to procure, general ease of use, and prior use overseas, UAS will be used to facilitate an attack in the United States against a vulnerable target, such as a mass gathering," Wray said in written testimony to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, using an acronym for unmanned aircraft systems.

Wray noted that the U.S. has yet to face a drone attack by terrorists.

But he said the widespread use of the devices in overseas conflict areas suggests that it's only a matter of time before a terror organization or drug cartel employs them in an attack inside the U.S.

Read more: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/amp/ncna918586