Secret Service Conducts Tests to Take Drones Down

Government officials are testing ways to knock the unmanned vehicles out of the sky if necessary.
1:24 | 03/10/15

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Now to that secret government testing to take down drones. The secret service is conducting mysterious flights in the middle of the night looking for ways to knock them out of the sky. ABC's Pierre Thomas is in Washington with the latest on all that for us. Good morning, Pierre. Reporter: Good morning, robin. As you know, drones have been showing up everywhere and a recent white house incurse by a drone made it clear they could be a potential threat so now the secret service is taking action. The secret service is launching a series of overnight training exercises to cope with the growing new threat of drones. The testing which would be conducted in the wee overnight hours involves using a number of methods to take drones out of the sky including technology that would turn them off. The concerns intensified a few weeks ago when this drone penetrated the white house perimeter and crashed on to the north lawn. Sources say drones are potential threats for carrying explosives but also to spy on white house activities. In a recent exclusive interview with the new secret service director, he made it clear to me that the recent drone events have gotten everyone's attention including the president of the United States. And I personally briefed the president on the events of that day and he had very specific questions and was very concerned as he should be. Technology changes and we're working with the private industry, as well, that those that are producing these drones and it's a global issue. Reporter: Science fiction is coming to real life and the secret service is having to respond. George. Okay, Pierre, thanks.

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