New terror alert for France after ‘at least’ five drones are spotted flying above Paris landmarks including Eiffel Tower and the US embassy

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Every day, new reports, new warnings, new threats. Is this the reason why the US government has grounded Amazon’s plan to use drones to deliver customers’ orders?

The terror threat impacts us in so many ways — the invisible hand of what could or might have been. The billions spent on homeland security, the TSA, and the like. All of the time, money, human resources that would be better spent advancing humankind, instead it is spent trying to stop these savages and the worst of it is, anyone that talks about the ideology is smeared, defamed, libeled for being a jihadphobe.

Can you name any other time in history when the name and the ideology of the enemy was prohibited and denied?

New terror alert for france after ‘at least’ five drones are spotted flying above paris landmarks including Eiffel Tower and the US embassy

Unmanned aircraft were seen flying over tourist hotspots in French capital
Appeared in ‘at least’ five locations in the city between midnight and 6am
Security officials were unable to catch the operators of the drone aircraft
Civilian drones are thought a serious security risk and are banned in Paris
They are used to access security levels of a target before a terror attack

By John Hall and Peter Allen for MailOnline, February 24, 2015

paris is on alert for a new terror attack after ‘at least’ five drones were spotted illegally flying around city landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower, Bastille Square and the U.S. embassy building.

Unmanned aircraft were also spotted flying overnight near the French capital’s Place de la Concorde and the Invalides military museum, where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried.

French security sources where unable to catch the operators of the drones, which are typically fitted with video recording equipment and can be used for surveillance of a terror target to assess security levels and any spikes in pedestrian football ahead of a planned attack.

napoleanFear: Drones were spotted flying near the Invalides military museum, where Napoleon Bonaparte is buried

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New threat: French law bans small, civilian drones from areas such as nuclear facilities, which are protected by a no-fly zone that spans a 1.6-mile radius and a height of 1,000 metres. The above drone crashed on the grass near the White House in the United States last month

The first drone sighting was near the US embassy in the French capital at around midnight.

Between then and 6am the Eiffel Tower, Bastille Square, the Place de la Concorde and the Invalides military museum ‘were also flown over’ , a security source said.

‘It could be a coordinated action but we don’t know for now,’ the source, who asked not to be identified, added.

We did everything to try and catch the operators but they were not found,’ another source close to the investigation said.

france has experienced a series of mysterious drone appearances in the last few months. On January 20, a pilotless aircraft briefly went over the presidential palace in Paris, while around 20 drones were earlier seen flying above nuclear power plants.

However until Tuesday ‘there have never been so many drones appearing in one night,’ the security source said.

Location: At some point between midnight and 6am, drone aircraft were spotted flying near Bastille Square

Location: At some point between midnight and 6am, drone aircraft were spotted flying near Bastille Square

Tourist hotspot: The first drone sighting in the French capital was around midnight. Shortly after an unmanned aircraft was seen flying near the Place de la ConcordeTourist hotspot: The first drone sighting in the French capital was around midnight. Shortly after an unmanned aircraft was seen flying near the Place de la Concorde

The emergence of drones comes amid warnings by terrorist groups that they will attack the city, following January shootings which left a total of 20 dead, including three terrorists.

‘They could be seen throughout the night, but nobody knows who were operating them,’ said a police source in the capital.

A specialist police aviation unit tried to establish who was at the controls, but there have been no arrests.

There have been other mysterious drone flights across Paris, but this is the first time that such a concentrated number have been seen above so many potentially vulnerable targets.

The US embassy has been threatened by numerous groups in the past, from Al-Qaeda to Algeria’s Armed Islamic Group.

French law bans small, civilian drones from areas such as nuclear facilities, which are protected by a no-fly zone that spans a 1.6-mile radius and a height of 1,000 metres.

Despite a heightened security alert over the risk of Islamist attacks in France, police so far have been unable to identify who is behind the drone activity. Experts say that the small unmanned craft would not pose a threat if crashed into a hardened nuclear facility.

The drone catcher: Flying net out to ensnare aerial intruders

Fightback: Earlier this month France unveiled its latest weapon against the growing menace of rogue drones buzzing through their nation's skies: another drone, with a net

Fightback: Earlier this month france unveiled its latest weapon against the growing menace of rogue drones buzzing through their nation’s skies: another drone, with a net

Caught: In a demonstration in La Queue-en-Brie, east of Paris, the mesh-wielding flying machine was shown snaring a DJI Phantom 2 drone - the same brand as one which crashed onto the White House lawn last month

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Caught: In a demonstration in La Queue-en-Brie, east of Paris, the mesh-wielding flying machine was shown snaring a DJI Phantom 2 drone – the same brand as one which crashed onto the White House lawn last month

FRANCE CONFISCATES PASSPORTS OF SIX ‘JIHADISTS’ WHO ‘PLANNED TO TRAVEL TO SYRIA TO JOIN ISIS’

 France has barred six ‘would-be jihadists’ from leaving the country after discovering their plans to travel to Syria and join the Islamic State terror group.

It the first such travel ban under a new law aimed at preventing French Islamic radicals travelling to the vast swathes of Syria and Iraq currently under the control of Sunni extremists.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve says some 40 other French citizens will face travel bans in the coming weeks. He did not reveal the identity of the six people whose passports have already been confiscated.

The bans are the first since a sweeping anti-terrorism law passed in France last year.

The government is especially worried since attacks in paris last month killed 20 people, including three gunmen claiming ties to Islamic extremists in Syria and Yemen.

An Interior Ministry official says the passports and ID cards of the six have been declared invalid for six months – a measure that can be extended for up to two years.

The news comes just days after Cazeneuve said he asked Google, Facebook and Twitter to work directly with French officials during investigations and to immediately remove terrorist propaganda when authorities alert them to it.

Earlier this month France unveiled its latest weapon against the growing menace of rogue drones buzzing through their nation’s skies: another drone, with a net.

In a demonstration flight in La Queue-en-Brie, east of Paris, the mesh-wielding flying machine was shown snaring a DJI Phantom 2 drone – the same brand as one which crashed onto the White House lawn last month.

The U.S. Secret Service was sent scrambling by the unexpected intrusion, but France has already faced dozens of drone overflights over sensitive sites.

Mystery drones have buzzed nuclear plants, military installations and even the presidential palace in recent months, as fears run high of terror attacks linked to the Islamic State terror group.

Concerned at the new technology, officials have asked scientists and companies to develop ways to monitor and detect intruding drones and their remote-control pilots; analyse and track their flight paths; and ultimately neutralise the drones, either temporarily or permanently, with the least collateral damage possible.

Last October it emerged that holidaymakers who are planning to fly a camera-equipped drone in Paris’ tourist zones risk spending time in jail and being slapped with a hefty fine.

An Israeli tourist found out the hard way this week when he was arrested in front of Notre Dame Cathedral while flying a drone above some of Paris’ top attractions.

—Courtesy of Pamela Gellar

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