The Secret Service is now dealing with a “grave” threat to President Trump from the latest in high-tech weaponry, including armed drones, plastic guns made on 3-D printers, and even sophisticated IEDs, according to a new alert issued by former agent Dan Bongino.
“This threat is grave,” he told The Washington Examiner while promoting his new book on the Secret Service. Bongino said terrorists are eager to unleash an attack on Trump, whom he calls their “ultimate prize.”
Weaponized drones delivered in “swarms” could attack the White House or any place the president is, said Bongino, noting that the agency’s agents and Uniformed Division are trained mostly to stop ground attacks.
“Distractions from the sky, whether planes or drones, create additional security complications for an obvious reason: Secret Service agents and officers cannot fly,” he warned in his book, Protecting the President.
Unfortunately, this information does not make Bongino look like he is interested in protecting the president. Instead, it appears he’s equipping those who would have bad intentions with the information they could use to carry out such an attack.
Bongino went on to say that terrorists have looked at drones “for a long time,” and that “the real threat comes from the more spectacular swarm attacks.”
He also raised new concerns about computer-generated guns that can be slipped through traditional magnetometers and pointed to the proliferation of easily-accessed terrorist teaching tools online.
“The compounded effects of what I’d refer to as terrorism MOOCs — massive, open, online courses — describing, in detail how to commit these types of attacks and the growing commercial availability of drones, and 3-D printing devices … the terrorists have an advantage that can’t be countered with non-traditional thinking,” Bongino told Secrets.
Bongino also pointed out that a suicide attack requires little planning by terrorists, which gives the good guys less of a chance to detect an oncoming assault.
“A tactical attack on the president is likely being planned right now,” he wrote in his book. “Terrorists seeking media attention for their heinous acts have long understood that a successful attack on the president of the United States is the ultimate prize.”
Bongino’s goal in issuing new warnings is to change how the nation addresses threats to top leaders, including everything from a rewrite of counter-terror plans to simple tactics such as replacing the old iron fence around the White House with a new one that can detect movement and assaults.
“Sticking with a ‘that’s how we’ve always done it’ approach to the threat of a massive, coordinated, assault on the White House is a guaranteed strategy for failure on a grand scale in this new environment,” stated Bongino.
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