ntelligence agencies are concerned that terrorists may try to use drones for attacks at events where there are large crowds. This is another threat for evil from a product that has many worthwhile values.
The St. Louis Cardinals, a team that has 40,000 or more fans at most of its home games, has submitted testimony to a congressional committee at a hearing to discuss malicious threats, according to Sen. Claire McCaskill, the top ranking Democrat on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The Cardinals’ ownership provided testimony about its concerns about this emerging threat and the work it has done to protect fans. Sen. McCaskill supported the Cardinals’ application with the DHS under the Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies Act (SAFETY Act). Sen. McCaskill said the Cardinals are one of only four Major League baseball teams to achieve the designation and distinction from the Department of Homeland Security to make sure their facility is secure and they have proper procedures and training in place for the personnel there to keep fans secure.
The congressional hearing focused on the federal agencies’ needed authority to expand to possible malicious drone attacks after intelligence officials have indicated that terrorist organizations may use drones for attacks. Under the SAFETY Act, sports teams, entertainment venues and other groups can apply for designation and certification if they put in place anti-terrorism measures. The Cardinals received designation this past December, which is the first step toward being granted certification.
The Cardinals organization deserves credit for the action it has taken to make sure fans are protected.