FBI: Drone surveillance does not require a warrant

In a July 19th letter addressed to Senator Rand Paul, the assistant director for the FBI’s congressional liaison office told Congress that it has used drones in 10 separate instances: twice for “national security” and eight times for “criminal cases”. In a follow up letter, the FBI states that so long as the areas observed were in public view, and no law enforcement officer was trespassing, “no privacy rights were violated”. The FBI’s opinion comes from a Supreme Court case on manned aircraft. Court rulings on drones specifically do not yet exist, although one can only begin to imagine the range of litigation they will throw up in the years to come.

Washington Times.

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