Pentagon admits it has deployed military spy drones over the U.S.
Pentagon has deployed drones to spy over U.S. territory for
non-military missions over the past decade, but the flights have been
rare and lawful, according to a new report.
The report by a
Pentagon inspector general, made public under a Freedom of Information
Act request, said spy drones on non-military missions have occurred
fewer than 20 times between 2006 and 2015 and always in compliance with
The report, which did not provide details on any of
the domestic spying missions, said the Pentagon takes the issue of
military drones used on American soil “very seriously.”
policy analyst for the ACLU, Jay Stanley, said it is good news no legal
violations were found, yet the technology is so advanced that it’s
possible laws may require revision.
“Sometimes, new technology
changes so rapidly that existing law no longer fit what people think are
appropriate,” Stanley said. “It’s important to remember that the
American people do find this to be a very, very sensitive topic.”
use of unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) drones over U.S. surfaced in
2013 when then-FBI director Robert Mueller testified before Congress
that the bureau employed spy drones to aid investigations, but in a
“very,very minimal way, very seldom.”
Translation, ‘all the time, as often as we can’