Gaetz Takes On DJI, Urges DOJ To Ban Drones Used To Enforce Social Distancing Guidelines
U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is taking on DJI. This past Monday, Gaetz went on the Tucker Carlson Tonight show and mercilessly attacked the global drone giant for its “trojan drones”, advising the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate and potentially halt the use of Chinese-made drones by state and local governments.
“China is massively expanding a Trojan horse spying operation in our country and your local police department may be unknowingly helping them,” Gaetz. “The United States Army, the Department of Interior, they’ve banned their use of these DJI drones, citing vulnerability and potential value for other countries.”
Earlier this year, DJI donated drones to 43 law enforcement agencies in 22 states to help ensure that the social distancing rules are followed. Gaetz claims DJI is using drones to spy on Americans and transmit critical law enforcement information back to the Chinese government.
This is not the first accusation against DJI for spying on Americans. In 2017, the Pentagon banned the U.S. Military from using DJI equipment after cyber-vulnerability issues came to light.
“The Department of Homeland Security wrote a scathing report that said that China specifically goes after local law enforcement,” Gaetz continued. “They did so even before the coronavirus so that they can get key information transmitted to the Chinese government. And then our own Department of Homeland Security wrote that this is precisely the type of information we’re worried that China might sell to terrorists.”
“The information that’s being collected makes our nation more vulnerable,” Gaetz said. “And I believe the attorney general, under the existing authorities he has, under these cybersecurity laws, should immediately ground the entire fleet of DJI drones used by U.S. law enforcement.