FBI Director: Yes, We Use Drones Domestically… No, We Can’t Say How, When Or Why

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Wackobirds, you are officially vindicated in your worries over domestic drone use: FBI Director Robert Mueller told Senate lawmakers Wednesday that the agency has several drones and has yet to adopt strict policies and guidelines for use of the aircraft.

But according to Mueller’s testimony, the lack of policies to protect American citizens’ privacy has not deterred the FBI’s use of drones for domestic surveillance operations.

During a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mueller, “Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on U.S. soil?”

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Mueller’s answer was a straightforward affirmative, though he added that the FBI only “very seldom” conducted surveillance of American citizens on American soil with the unmanned aircraft.

“It’s very seldom used and generally used in a particular incident where you need the capability,” Mueller responded when Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) prodded him on the matter. “It is very narrowly focused on particularized cases and particularized needs.’’

The director said that he wasn’t sure if the FBI had any “official” agreements with agencies like the National Security Agency, the Department of Homeland Security or the Department of Defense to receive assistance and share information collected in the agency’s use of drones.

“To the extent that it relates to the air space there would be some communication back and forth [between agencies],” Mueller provided as a vague answer to a question about interagency drone activity over U.S. soil.

With regard to providing the public any further information regarding FBI justification for drone use and other domestic spy tactics, Mueller gave the impression that transparency is not high on the government’s list of priorities.

“There is a price to be paid for that transparency,” Mueller said. “I certainly think it would be educating our adversaries as to what our capabilities are.”

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  • 5alive5

    Move to Pakistan???? Each day I feel more and more like I already live there! Phones monitored, certain groups watched and labeled terrorists, IRS condemning certain groups, Emails monitored, sounds almost like them!

    • Mike Butler

      No they do not have that capability.

      • flyovercindy

        What capability don’t they have? Just curious…

      • 5alive5

        probably sitting at their desk playing pocket pool!!

    • carolchristine

      And where has our Congressman been? Didn’t we elect them to represent our voices?

    • rocketride

      Just remember, kids, when you “sext” some perv at the NSA might be enjoying the free porn you just gave them

  • mathis1689

    The FBI needs to be careful! The NSA and the CIA will be getting jealous!

  • podunk1

    Drown these bastards in law suits!

    • rocketride

      I’d prefer to see them drowned in raw sewage.

  • Robert Peterson

    Big Skeeters!! Swat em out of the sky

  • Al Chemist

    Drones the size of hummingbirds with both audio and video are already here. The kicker is that they look very much like hummingbirds. (Google hummingbird drones to see some nice pictures.) If they don’t stop and have a meal at your hummingbird feeder, take them out!

  • village idiot

    That my friends is another secret! For the government to know about and you to wonder about. Get it?

  • BUD USMC

    NSA,CIA,FBI,NAVAL INTELLIGENCE, BATFE,SECRET SERVICE,DEA, HOMELAND SECURITY PENTAGON SECERT OPERATION ANWSERS TO NO ONE MAYBE THE PRESIDENT HAS A UNLIMITED BUDGET,PLUS A FEW OTHERS I DON’T REMEMBER, STATE AGENCY, POLICE DEPTS. SWAT TEAMS, SHERIFF DEPTS.
    DO YOU THINK THIS IS ENOUGHT TO KEEP TABS ON US.AIR SPACE IN AMERICA IS GOING TO GET CROWDED. THE ABOVE IS THE REASON WORRY ABOUT OUR LIBERTY, WHEN THEY GET OUR GUNS ITS ALL OVER FOLKS.

    • rocketride

      Extrapolating from the general trend to further miniaturize technology, at some point, drones are going to become an inhalation hazard. . . Or maybe that scratchy bit of grit the next time you made love was the result of some NSA weenie wanting a better look and bringing a drone in way too close. . .

      So far, that sort of thing is in the realm of science fiction– think “localizers” from A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge– but that’s a matter of engineering, not basic science, and if our technological civilization doesn’t crash and burn, someone will eventually build it.

      BTW, no need to shout. You made a good point but the all-caps is off-putting.

    • k92509

      Bud -The day they come for my guns will be bloody I am not going down without a fight Being a combat veteran with three tours in Vietnam I know a thing or two about defense and Guerilla warfare. I doubt that active service personnel will be involved but DHC will that is until a few are taken out. Semper-Fi 1st Force Recon

  • BarrackHussein

    Trust us? I do not see how that is possible now.