Well, it seems FBI aircraft are making low flyovers across many US cities as part of “ongoing” investigations the agency is involved in. While the use of aircraft is nothing new for law enforcement, it’s what these planes have inside that is raising eyebrows. It’s important to note that these planes look like civilian aircraft and not drones or military aircraft. Equipped with various cameras and cell phone surveillance equipment people should rightfully be concerned. The use of this equipment could potentially be used to monitor just about anyone the agency is flying over. The flights and surveillance are taking place without a judge’s approval so there’s no telling what exactly the FBI is seeking. They have already conducted flyovers in 30 cities over 30 states and people are asking questions.
U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed for the first time the wide-scale use of the aircraft, which the AP traced to at least 13 fake companies, such as FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services. Even basic aspects of the program are withheld from the public in censored versions of official reports from the Justice Department’s inspector general.
“The FBI’s aviation program is not secret,” spokesman Christopher Allen said in a statement. “Specific aircraft and their capabilities are protected for operational security purposes.” Allen added that the FBI’s planes “are not equipped, designed or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance.”
The argument here is that while the FBI may be using these planes for legitimate reasons, they might also abuse it. It’s a fine line the agency is walking here especially if it is true they are conducting these flyovers without judicial approval. What do you think of FBI aircraft flyovers? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.