Reportedly, the FBI currently has their own secret air force that contains a bunch of low-flying planes across the country pretty that much stalk us. The airplane has been videotaping everything, and even checking in on our cellphones. This story gets crazier–all the planes are hidden behind fake companies that are fronts for the government.
The FBI is taking a stand and defending themselves though, saying that the flights are only used for specific ongoing investigations and uses fake company names to protect the safety of the pilots. Oh, because our safety and privacy as a citizen of the US isn’t important? In the past 30 days alone, these planes flew above more than 30 cities and 11 states!
Spokesman for the FBI Christopher Allen said:
“The FBI’s aviation program is not secret. Specific aircraft and their capabilities are protected for operational security purposes. FBI’s planes are not equipped, designed or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance.”
Weird to say, since these planes can capture video of violence being committed by anyone, not just someone their investigating. Some of these planes can even find a person through their phone in their pocket, even if it’s not being used or in public at that. Officials say cases in which they check the phones are rare, but who’s to believe that?
The AP traced at least 50 planes back to the FBI, and found out that more than 100 flights have been flying around both major cities and small towns since April. A federal budget document from 2010 mentioned at least 115 planes, including 90 Cessna aircraft, in the FBI’s surveillance fleet.
Check out a this photo above taken mid-flight of a plane in northern Virginia donned in weird looking antennas and a camera on it.
A Justice Department released a memo last month talking about law enforcement using these aircrafts “solely for the purpose of monitoring activities protected by the First Amendment” and said they are to only be used in important in investigations. A department spokeswoman said the policy applied only to unmanned aircraft systems rather than piloted airplanes.
What do the readers think about this government surveillance, is it keeping us safe or keeping us controlled?