Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Pentagon Admits Drones Spying in US for 10 Yrs.; Reveals Facts Due to Freedom of Info Act Request

As a result of a Freedom of Information Act request, the Pentagon admitted today (March 9, 2016) it has deployed drones to spy over U.S. territory for non-military missions during the past decade -- but said the flights have been rare and lawful -- according to the USA Today website.

The report by a Pentagon inspector general said spy drones on non-military missions in the U.S. have occurred fewer than 20 times between 2006 and 2015 and always in compliance with existing law.

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."

A senior policy analyst for the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), Jay Stanley, said it is good news no legal violations were found, but the technology has become so advanced that the laws on U.S. drone spying may need to be revised.

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