The FBI Has Flown Drones 10 Times in the US Since 2006

Made revelation to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)


The FBI revealed to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) that it has flown drones in U.S. airspace ten times since 2006.

In a letter released by Paul on Thursday, Stephen Kelly, the FBI's director of legislative affairs, said that the agency uses drones in "very limited circumstances" for aerial surveillance. None of the drones are armed with either lethal or non-lethal weapons, Kelly said.

Eight of the times the FBI used drones were for criminal cases and two of the times were for national security.