Banach, 38, faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted of interference with pilots of an aircraft "with reckless disregard for the safety of human life," a provision of the USA Patriot Act passed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Now NORAD is planning to setup lasers around D.C. to point at airplanes that enter restricted airspace.
Officials from the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said the visual warning system is designed to quickly warn commercial, government and private pilots of planes and helicopters by shining alternating red and green lights at their aircraft.
Private individual endangers a pilot by pointing a laser at his eyes? Go to jail. Government does it? They're protecting D.C. It's insane.
...sauce for the goose...