Condemn FBI for Flying Drones over U.S. Without Warrants

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Target: Robert Swan Mueller III, Director, United States Federal Bureau of Investigation

Goal: Condemn the flying of unmanned drones for surveillance over U.S. territory without a warrant

The FBI has recently admitted to flying drones over U.S. territory for surveillance purposes “at least ten times.” According to news outlet RT, the FBI’s director, Robert Mueller, has stated that warrants “weren’t necessary” except in cases where a person would have a “reasonable expectation of privacy.” Neither he or his agency has clarified what these cases might be or what the FBI believes to constitute a “reasonable” right to privacy. Furthermore, Mueller has also admitted that the domestic spying via unmanned drones happens without any sort of adherence to any “operational guidelines.”

Certain political officials and anti-drone activists have wondered about the constitutionality of domestic spying via unmanned drones. RT reports that one city councilman from Charlottesville, Virginia, compared their use to “Big Brother in the sky”; other senators and politicians have worried about the potential for their abuse.

Tell Robert Swan Mueller III that the FBI doesn’t get to decide which American citizens and spaces have a right to privacy and which do not. Tell the bureau to stop using unmanned drones for surveillance without first obtaining proper warrants for their use in a court of law.


Dear Robert Swan Mueller III,

You’ve recently admitted that the FBI has flown unmanned drones in American skies for surveillance purposes without first obtaining warrants. You’ve further stated that warrants are not necessary for the domestic use of drones for surveillance except in cases wherein there was a “reasonable expectation for privacy.” However, you’ve refused to define what the FBI believes to constitute such a reasonable expectation.This, coupled with your agency’s admission that they adhered to no “operational guidelines” while engaging in this domestic spying via unmanned aircraft, leads us to believe that you have no hard and fast definition of “reasonable privacy”; when the FBI uses drones for domestic spying, everybody is a target.  This sets a precedent for totalitarianism.

Your organization is subject to the same rules and regulations as any U.S. agency. We demand that there be specific regulation of domestic surveillance drones, and that this regulation be enforced by federal law.


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