The head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) acknowledged today (June 19, 2013) that his agency uses drones (pilotless remote-controlled airplanes) to conduct surveillance in the United States, but said it does so rarely, according to the Wall Street Journal website.
When asked about drones today at a Senate hearing, FBI director Robert Mueller said the agency uses them "in a very, very minimal way, very seldom."
Federal agencies have been using drones for years to monitor the northern and southern borders of the U.S., and those drones have occasionally been deployed to help domestic law-enforcement agencies like the FBI.
The use of such drones is politically charged and civil-rights advocates say there are no clear privacy rules governing the use of drones. That being the case, U.S. Congressmen and Senators are planning to pass a law soon, forbidding the U.S. government from using drones to kill Americans in the U.S., because doing so would deny Americans of their constitutional rights to due process of law.