Wednesday, June 19, 2013

FBI Director Mueller To Congress: Yes, We Do Use Drones Within The US

It seems to me I remember being told the FBI doesn't do this, wouldn't do this, etc.:
At a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller told lawmakers that his agency currently uses drones for surveillance.


Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) asked Mueller if the FBI uses drones on "U.S. soil."

"Yes," Mueller said. "Let me just put it in context. [In a] very, very minimal way. And very seldom."
Kind of reminds me of the Captain in Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS Pinafore on his seasickness, his propensity to curse, etc.:
Crew: What, never?
Captain: No, never!
Crew: What, never?
Captain: Well, hardly ever!
Look: our government is systematically lying to us about the nature and degree of actions it is undertaking within our borders, directed at our own citizens, actions which may be in violation of the Bill of Rights. I submit that is unacceptable, even if it happens "[h]ardly ever!" And I strongly suspect it may actually be a bit more frequent than that...

1 comment:

  1. We use to have political appointees who were convincing liars with memories good enough not to get caught at it for years afterward. The current crop can't remember their lies from one day to the next.

    Isn't there anyone on their staff to tell them to say "That question goes to sources and methods which are always classified, so I am unable to respond in an open meeting." The way they classify everything that might even be a true statement instead of the dodge it actually is.



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