Drunk Drone Driving Admitted… but Government Employee

Drone operator confesses but he will probably not be prosecuted.

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Here is Exhibit 651,906,335,007 that government employees—even in the “intelligence” realm—are fallible human beings who should not be trusted with unfettered access to great power, or our most private information.

Thus, the New York Times reports, “White House Drone Crash Described as a U.S. Worker’s Drunken Lark.”

It was 42 degrees and raining lightly around 3 a.m. on Monday when an inebriated off-duty employee for a government intelligence agency decided it was a good time to fly his friend’s drone, a 2-foot-by-2-foot “quadcopter” that sells for hundreds of dollars and is popular among hobbyists.

But officials say the plan was foiled, perhaps by wind or a tree, when the employee — who has not been named by the Secret Service or charged with a crime — lost control of the drone as he operated it from an apartment just blocks from the White House.

He texted his friends, worried that the drone had gone down on the White House grounds, and then went to sleep. It was not until the next morning, when he woke and learned from friends that a drone had been found at the White House, that he contacted his employer, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. He then called the Secret Service and immediately began cooperating with an investigation into the incident.

In the process of what officials describe as nothing more than a drunken misadventure, the employee managed to highlight another vulnerability in the protective shield that the Secret Service erects around the White House complex.

I love how the article mentions the laws this man broke, but he remains unidentified. And they say it’s apparently unlikely he will be prosecuted. Anyone want to guess what would happen to me, if I did the exact same thing?

[See also, “Barack Obama Plays Santa Clause for Federal Workers.”]

Some animals really are more equal than others; they’re a “cut above” even when they’re “three sheets to the wind.”