BREAKING: FBI uses drones in U.S., says Mueller
NOTHING WE DIDNT KNOW ALREADY BUT HERE IT IS….
FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged the law enforcement agency uses drone aircraft in the United States for surveillance in certain difficult cases.
Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that drones are used by the FBI in a “very, very minimal way and very seldom.”
He did not say how many drones the FBI has or how often they have been used.
A federal law enforcement official said the aircraft have been used for surveillance in hostage situations and also when suspects have taken refuge behind barricades.
“We use it sparingly in dangerous situations where the risk to agents lives are at stake,” the official told CNN.
Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, asked Mueller whether the FBI had guidelines for using drones that would consider the “privacy impact on American citizens.”
Mueller replied the agency was in the initial stages of developing them.
“I will tell you that our footprint is very small,” he said.