FBI Director Mueller Admits Domestic Use Of Surveillance Drones With Little Oversight in the US

On Wednesday FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress that the agency uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes despite lacking rules to govern their use, Russia Today reports.

While not a surprise β€” the FBI has had authorization since at least in April 2012 β€” the lack of oversight raises important questions about how drones will be used domestically.

[Mueller] confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.

β€œDoes 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.

β€œYes,” Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI’s operation of drones is β€œvery seldom.”