Domestic Drones

Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.

"Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?" Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Yes," Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI's operation of drones is "very seldom."
I wouldn't object to FBI use of drones in specific cases -- hostage situations, kidnappings, counterespionage.  I do object to their use for general surveillance.  And without guidelines, they will inevitably be abused.

This entry was published Tue Jun 25 03:29:37 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-06-25 03:29:37.0. [Tweet]

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