FBI ‘Small Air Force’ Snoops over US Citizens
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is facing the wrath of Americans owing to the high-tech surveillance equipment it has deployed to spy over them. This follows the FBI’s installing of two small planes to capture possible criminal activity in Baltimore, after the death of 25-year old black man Freddie Gray.
The espionage attempts wherein the FBI has been spying over the Americans using its fleet of 115 aircrafts, have been reported by the Associated Press and published in the Business Insider. For carrying out the surveillance, FBI has employed low-flying planes such as Cessna 182T Skylane aircraft.
The cities on FBI’s radar, comprise of Houston, Phoenix, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis and Southern California, totally to up to 30. The equipment has been registered under 13 fictitious companies, including FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services.
As reported, the present surveillance raises questions on invasion of privacy by the government. Indiscriminate spying by the federal agency has enraged the citizens. FBI has been using its ‘small air force’ to not only record and video tape suspicious activity, but also carry out cellphone surveillance. In fact, its hovering crafts are capable of identifying people via their cellphones even when the phones were not in use. Even the American Civil Liberties Union, has condemn the FBI’s move, with respect to the agency’s legal authority for such a maneuver.
The FBI, however, has tried to allay the fears of the citizens, stating that the small planes are not equipped for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance. They have been deployed only to capture videos of unrelated criminal activity.
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