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Drone Wolf [Dec. 21st, 2018|01:30 pm]
Tony Grist
Someone has come up with the monicker Drone Wolf for the man or woman who shut down Gatwick.

Instant legend.

The assumption is that the perp is an "eco-warrior" and the assumption is probably right. But it could have been a kid. We won't call them a terrorist because people weren't terrorised, merely annoyed.

The wonder is it hasn't been tried before. It's not that it hadn't been thought of. Airports round the world have been taking measures in anticipation. But not Gatwick, apparently. One airport- I think it was in the Netherlands- has been training up birds of prey to take drones down- an cheap and elegant way of dealing with a cheap and elegant "crime".

I put "crime" in inverted commas because our overuse of air travel is also criminal. We all know we shouldn't be pumping rubbish into the atmosphere and none of us is doing very much about it. Apart from Drone Wolf, that is. There's a long, long tradition of being annoying in a good cause. Gandhi belongs in it, so does Martin Luther King, so do Pussy Riot. They were all of them very annoying in their day and age- and look how we admire them now.

[User Picture]From: matrixmann
2018-12-21 09:33 pm (UTC)
It was somewhere in the Netherlands where they tried to train egales into becoming drone hunters. Saw something about that a few years ago... Was quite interesting to see how that works and that it works pretty well actually.

So, that raving now about a possible terror attack at this airport which just failed is just all hot air and talk about nothing? Am I getting this right?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-22 08:09 am (UTC)
They've arrested a man and woman- and we await further developments.
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2018-12-22 04:39 pm (UTC)
I'm interested to see who this turns out to be. It could be eco-warriors, but I would have expected someone to claim responsibility by now. Extinction Rebellion have said it wasn't them.

Another possibility is that they were smiply criminals demanding money. This could explain the caginess of the authorities and why it carried on so long. They won't want anyone learning that it's a form of extortion that works.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-12-23 11:12 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought it might be blackmail. I suppose we'll find out eventually.
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