FBI uses Drones in U.S., says Director MuellerSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 15:42
FBI uses drones in U.S., says Mueller
By Carol Cratty
FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged the law enforcement agency uses drone aircraft in the United States for surveillance in certain difficult cases.
Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that drones are used by the FBI in a "very, very minimal way and very seldom."
He did not say how many drones the FBI has or how often they have been used.
A federal law enforcement official said the aircraft have been used for surveillance in hostage situations and also when suspects have taken refuge behind barricades.
"We use it sparingly in dangerous situations where the risk to agents lives are at stake," the official told CNN.