Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FBI drones spying on America

More great news on the domestic surveillance front. FBI director Robert Mueller told a Senate hearing today the FBI owns several of their very own drones
“Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Yes,” Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI’s operation of drones is “very seldom.”
Mueller adds they're "generally used in a particular incident where you need the capability.” Wonder what he means by "generally." Implies that maybe they're occasionally used in "other" capacities. And this would be the same FBI that hasn't found an single instance of unjustified shootings in their internal review of 150 shooting incidents between 1993 to early 2011, 70 of which ended in death. And that one innocent guy who got his face shot off? Still justified. But they did give him $1.3 million in damages, so there's that.

Of course, this isn't limited to the feds. Don't have the numbers, but relying on memory, there has to be at least thousands of innocent victims across America who have been killed in botched local law enforcement raids. They almost never get charged with any kind of misconduct or negligence either. Every profession covers for its own. LEOs every more than most.

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Blogger Capt. Fogg said...

justified and just are two different things, like rationalized and rational.

I don't keep records but it seems to me I read about police shooting innocents at least once a week.

Two weeks ago a local man was shot and killed by a deputy because instead of allowing himself to be cuffed, he got back in his car and tried to drive away. Justified, but perhaps not so just.

9:09:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Might have thought they could try just shooting out the guy's tires to stop him before they shoot him dead. Maybe it's just because I didn't pay as much attention but I don't recall the local cops being quite so trigger happy when I was young. It's like not only is local LEO getting more militarized, they seem to be more aggressive too.

9:42:00 AM  

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