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Date: Jul 6, 2020

A review by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has found that DHS has limited capabilities to counter the malicious use of drones.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly referred to as ‘drones,’ present an emerging threat as their popularity grows. Terrorists, criminal organizations, and lone actors have used drones for malicious purposes and will continue to do so.

In a September 5, 2018 press release, “Rethinking Homeland Security in an Age of Disruption”, the then DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen remarked, “Terrorists are using drones on the battlefield to surveil and to destroy. Drug smugglers are using them to monitor border patrol officers so they can slip into America undetected. And criminals are using them to spy on sensitive facilities. Drones can also be used to disrupt communications and or to steal data on nearby Wi-Fi.”

Read more: Homeland Security Today

Police arrested a man from upstate New York for allegedly providing supplies used to create a Molotov cocktail thrown at police on May 29.

Authorities said Timothy Amerman, 29, admitted to giving Samatha Shader and her sisters supplies, including glass bottles, that were eventually used against police at protests in New York City.

Shader, 27, has been accused of chucking a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle that was occupied by four police officers. The FBI says it shattered two windows of an NYPD vehicle and damaged the vehicle while officers were inside.

Read more: NBC New York

A federal judge has extended the court-ordered hospitalization of a Maryland man deemed mentally unfit for trial on charges he allegedly planned an Islamic State-inspired attack at a shopping and entertainment complex near Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis said in a court filing Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic has hindered the ability of federal Bureau of Prisons medical staff to evaluate the defendant, Rondell Henry.

Henry, 29, of Germantown, Maryland, is charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State group.

Read more: WJZ