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FBI director admits domestic use of drones

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posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:25 AM

The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday.

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.”

Apologies if there's already a thread on this but the search didn't turn one up.

I thought this was already a commonly known fact but it looks like I was wrong, that or it's the first public admission.

Coming from the most surveilled society in the world over the Atlantic can I formally welcome our Colonial Cousins to the Brave New World of hyper surveillance. You had a good run as the home of the free but looks like it's all over now.

On a more serious note, not being an expert on it, are there Constitutional protections against this? Other than the Fourth Amendment which this could easily bypass?

posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:28 AM

posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:29 AM
reply to post by shaneslaughta

So sorry. I must have been constructing my post. I will alert on myself. Is it possible to self-delete?? I never tried that before on an OP.

posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:31 AM
I dont believe you can self delete. would be a handy feature though.

posted on Jun, 19 2013 @ 10:34 AM
Mods, clean up in Aisle 4 please!

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