The Rapid Rise of Federal Surveillance Drones Over America

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How many federal departments are flying drones over our heads and spying on U.S. citizens, right here at home, not in a war zone? A brief, but detailed article summarizes what little we know about how many federal departments are using drones domestically. The U.S. Border Control, Department of Homeland Security, FBI, ATF, DEA, and even the Department of Defense are flying drones over U.S soil to spy on American citizens:

There are too many federal, state, and local agencies with too many surveillance aircraft to pretend any longer that aerial spying is rare. There is too little oversight to presume all these government entities are acting legally. As for safety, Americans know neither what sort of aerial-surveillance data has been archived nor how secure it is. And security researcher Nils Rodday learned that he could successfully hack into professional drones and take over their operations on a $40 budget.

Read the full article here.

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