|US Air Force tested a spy drone over Washington DC. |
The Washington Monument is visible in the background.
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The event took place on the National Mall in Washington D.C.. Most tourists and residents of the capital had taken cover on account of a hurricane alert.
SecFear told Fear Department Blog, "We like to send in the mosquito drones to observe protests and monitor troublemakers."
The Independent discussed our deployment of insect drones:
Vanessa Alarcon, a university student who was working at an anti-war rally in the American capital last month, told the Washington Post: "I heard someone say, 'Oh my God, look at those.'
"I look up and I'm like, 'What the hell is that?'. They looked like dragonflies or little helicopters. But I mean, those are not insects."
Bernard Crane, a lawyer who was at the same event, said he had "never seen anything like it in my life". He added: "They were large for dragonflies. I thought, 'Is that mechanical or is that alive?'"
The incident has similarities with an alleged sighting at the 2004 Republican National Convention in New York when one peace march participant described on the internet seeing "a jet-black dragonfly hovering about 10 feet off the ground, precisely in the middle of 7th Avenue".
Entomologists suggest that the objects are indeed dragonflies. Jerry Louton, an expert at the National Museum of Natural History, said Washington was home to large, impressively-decorated dragonflies that "can knock your socks off".
However, he admitted that the dragonfly theory did not explain claims made independently by three people at the Washington event.