Confirmed: The FBI Is Spying On The US With Drones

Get skeeved out by the NSA taking a peek at people’s data? Well, it gets even better: the FBI has confirmed it’s spying on the United States with drones.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee the following, in regards to the Bureau’s drone use:

Our footprint is very small. We have very few.

He went on to confirm that the FBI’s drones are definitely used for the surveillance of US soil, though “in a very, very minimal way, and seldom”.

The FAA recently released a list of organisations authorised to fly drones over US soil, and the FBI is included. Likewise, border patrol drones are a thing. And, in general, this shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that the FBI might want to look at some stuff in US borders with an unmanned eye in the sky. But it’s not just suspicion anymore; the FBI is talking about it. Look up and say cheese. [Wired]