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U.S. federal law enforcement agencies are reportedly purchasing Chinese surveillance drones despite multiple warnings from the U.S. military that they pose a threat to U.S. national security.
“The Secret Service bought eight DJI drones on July 26, according to procurement records obtained by the industry publication IPVM,” Axios reported. “That was three days after the Defense Department released a statement saying DJI products ‘pose potential threats to national security.’”
Axios went on to cite records that reportedly show the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) bought 19 drones made by the same China-based company.
The U.S. military repeatedly warned against using the drones during the Trump administration and continued to warn against using them during the Biden era.
“The Department of Defense (DOD) position is that systems produced by Da Jiang Innovations (DJI) pose potential threats to national security,” the Pentagon said over the summer. “Existing DOD policy and practices associated with the use of these systems by U.S. government entities and forces working with U.S. military services remain unchanged contrary to any written reports not approved for release by the DOD.”
“In 2018, DOD issued a ban on the purchase and use of all commercial off-the-shelf drones, regardless of manufacturer, due to cybersecurity concerns,” the statement later added. “The following year, Congress passed legislation specifically banning the purchase and use of drones and components manufactured in China. DOD complies with Section 848 of the FY20 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and additional guidance provided by Executive Order 13981.”
The Department of Homeland Security warned in 2017 that it had “moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government.”
DHS further warned it has:
The news comes after U.S. critical infrastructure has been repeatedly targeted in cyberattacks this year by Russian hackers, to which Democrat President Joe Biden responded by handing Russian President Vladimir Putin a list of critical infrastructure not to attack.
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute, responded to Biden’s move by noting: “This is essentially inviting Putin to attack literally everything else.”