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FBI Admits Using Drones 10 Times for Surveillance on U.S. Soil

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has acknowledged using surveillance drones on U.S. soil at least 10 times, Al Jazeera America reports.

The admission comes after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made inquiries after FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress in June that the bureau had used drones for “limited law enforcement purposes.”

According to the disclosure, the FBI used drones domestically eight times for criminal cases and twice for “national security cases,” Al Jazeera America wrote.

Paul had vowed to block the confirmation of a new FBI director until details of the drone use became available.

FBI’s Mueller: Bureau Uses Surveillance Drones Domestically in ‘Very, Very Minimal Way’

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged for the first time that the bureau uses surveillance drones inside the U.S., the L.A. Times reports.

Testifying at a Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Mueller said remotely piloted aircraft are used “in a very, very minimal way and very seldom.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, called drones one of “the greatest threat to the privacy of Americans.”

Mueller responded that the FBI is still in the “initial stages” of crafting a fair policy to limit the how Americans are monitored by drones.