Friday, June 21, 2013

Blogathon #6: EFF Article: Why won't the FBI tell the public about its Drone Program

Hi Cyber Zombies,

The next article comes from Electronic Frontier Foundation. Why won't the FBI tell the public about it Drone Program by Jennifer Lynch was posted on June 20, 2013.

Today we’re publishingfor the first time—the FBI’s drone licenses and supporting records for the last several years. Unfortunately, to say that the FBI has been less than forthcoming with these records would be a gross understatement.
Just yesterday, Wired broke the story that the FBI has been using drones to surveil Americans. Wired noted that, during an FBI oversight hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI Director Robert Mueller let slip that the FBI flies surveillance drones on American soil. Mueller tried to reassure the senators that FBI’s drone program “is very narrowly focused on particularized cases and particularized leads.” However, there’s no way to check the Director on these statements, given the Bureau’s extreme lack of transparency about its program.

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