Officially, the United States does not use its significant fleet of unmanned drones for surveillance on US soil. But a clause in the Air Force’s policy on accidentally collected surveillance is raising eyebrows. According to the guidelines given to operators, photos and video of US citizens taken without their consent can be kept for up to 90 days, in which it will be analyzed to determine whether or not it can be kept under current domestic spying laws.
The wording of this directive was discovered by Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists. The concern that Mr. Aftergood and others share is that the Air Force can accidentally spy on US citizens, then leisurely investigate both the footage and the individuals and property therein to determine whether or not the spying was justified.
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