The Pentagon Just Admitted It Has Been Deploying Military Drones over the US to Spy on Americans

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Editor’s Note: Now couple this with the NDAA and who says we aren’t under permanent martial law? Wait until the police start using predator drones to fight “domestic terrorism” here. It’s only a matter of time.


by Matt Agorist

Washington D.C. — Under a Freedom of Information Act request, a Pentagon inspector general made public a report last week, admitting to the use of drones to spy on U.S. citizens.

The missions were non-military in nature, meaning they were used for domestic spying purposes. Naturally, the Pentagon is claiming it broke no laws in the deployment of said drones and contends that the flights were rare.

A senior policy analyst for the ACLU, Jay Stanley, said it is good news no legal violations were found, yet the technology is so advanced that it’s possible laws may require revision, according to USA Today.

“Sometimes, new technology changes so rapidly that existing law no longer fit what people think are appropriate,” Stanley said. “It’s important to remember that the American people do find this to be a very, very sensitive topic.”

“The appetite to use them (spy drones) in the domestic environment to collect airborne imagery continues to grow, as does Congressional and media interest in their deployment,” stated the report, quoting a military law review article.

The idea of US military drones flying over the heads of US citizens and monitoring them is ominous, which explains why the Pentagon has kept it secret — despite the contention of breaking no laws.

While the report on domestic drone use was completed in March of 2015, it was only quietly released last week.

The units who have been operating the drones stated to the inspector general they want to fly more missions domestically. “Multiple units told us that as forces using the UAS capabilities continue to draw down overseas, opportunities for UAS realistic training and use have decreased,” the report said.

However, drone usage overseas has not been reduced, and, in fact, their use has skyrocketed under the current administration. Just last year, the Pentagon announced that they had plans to sharply expand the number of U.S. drone flights over the next four years, giving military commanders access to more intelligence and greater firepower to keep up with a sprouting number of global hot spots.

According to USA Today:

Shortly before the inspector general report was completed a year ago, the Pentagon issued a new policy governing the use of spy drones. It requires the defense secretary to approve all domestic spy drone operations. It says that unless permitted by law and approved by the secretary, drones “may not conduct surveillance on U.S. persons.” It also bans the use of armed drones over the United States for anything other training and testing.

Now, all the military has to do to fly weaponized drones over US citizens is say they are training.

The use of military gear on US citizens has sharply increased over the last decade as police departments have become heavily militarized with weapons once used on the battlefield. Now, instead of giving these weapons to police departments, the military seems to be conducting their own missions against US citizens.

As the military industrial complex continues to march forward, it appears that the wars in the Middle East are merely a pretext for what’s to come for Americans at home.

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  • bill lopez

    they only rarely violated peoples rights, so that makes it ok. Just like the cops only rarely shoot people in the back, who don’t have any weapons.

  • WinstonSmithy

    “What happened here was the gradual habituation of the people, little by little, to being governed by surprise; to receiving decisions deliberated in secret; to believing that the situation was so complicated that the government had to act on information which the people could not understand, or so dangerous that, even if the people could not understand it, it could not be released because of national security.

    Each step was so small, so inconsequential, so well explained or, on occasion, ‘regretted,’ that unless one understood what the whole thing was in principle, what all these ‘little measures’… must someday lead to, one no more saw it developing from day to day than a farmer in his field sees the corn growing…. Each act… is worse than the last, but only a little worse. You wait for the next and the next. You wait for one great shocking occasion, thinking that others, when such a shock comes, will join you in resisting somehow.” – Milton Mayer, They Thought They Were Free, The Germans 1933-45

    • Meltonmark

      The Stalinists used the same creeping infiltration methods too.

      • WinstonSmithy

        We’re all Kulaks now…

  • It would be interesting to see what would happen if we started blowing them out of the sky when they invade our personal airspace, or better, start hacking them like the Iranians did.

  • BasicRules

    The way it is . is that they are spying on everything you do, Now some say i have nothing to hid its OK . no its not Ok are they going to allow you to know what is going on in there life are they going to allow you to look on there Personal PC hell no they are not .” They are the ones who have something to hid” wake up call
    Get your Drone net to day ….

    • Frank

      You will need a missile to take down the drones that the military is flying to conduct surveillance. We’re not talking about the Tactical, hand-launched models but the ones that fly at high altitude and usually not observable with just the naked eye. The best way to defeat them is to interdict them via kinetic means as they are leaving the ground.

      • BasicRules

        all you need is a laser.

  • Revolution is the only recourse!

  • I forgot

    The government hates the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

  • Mike

    I see the need in the home defense market for anti drone tech. Any takers?

    • Frank

      I really like the idea, but you have to decide what class of UAV/drone you’re going to intercept. Hobby drones are restricted to operate below 500 ft AGL, but the range on the net systems are far short of that. I like the idea of a mini Stinger; man-portable, self-contained with an optical guidance/targeting reticle.

  • Praetor

    And they call ‘we the people’ terrorists!!!

  • Meltonmark

    At the end of the day, you get the government you deserve.

    • ExecutorOffice

      Any relation to the writer Melissa Melton?

  • ExecutorOffice

    Berta, who used to live in Ejido Desierto until 37 people got killed in a crazy shootout about 1 year 4 months ago, said there were cars getting blown to smithereens and the bombs were coming ” del otro lado” — sounds like US drones

    • Frank

      What was the context of “del otro lado” in this situation? That was/is a battle ground for two rival drug gangs/cartels. Any person not familiar with the weapons of guerrilla war; such as LAWS rockets, RPGs, or car bombs, etc. could be expected to perceive that the “bombs” were coming from an unknown source beyond their view.

      • ExecutorOffice

        True ! Good perception. The way she was relating it sounded like it came from the American side,,,it being some type of explosive that sent a few cars flying and disintegrating.

  • Frank

    I thought this might qualify as a violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, but found that one of the Key Exceptions in the Act is: “Aerial photographic and visual search and surveillance by military personnel were found not to violate the Posse Comitatus Act.” So, as long as they’re not using the drones to support civil law enforcement, its not a violation. Another Key Exception is: “Pursuant to the presidential power to quell domestic violence, federal troops are expressly exempt from the prohibitions of Posse Comitatus Act, and this exemption applies equally to active-duty military and federalized National Guard troops.” I take this to mean that military personnel and assets CAN (and will) be used when the President determines that law enforcement needs the help to suppress “domestic violence” (i.e.: civil unrest).

    Yesterday (3/9/16) the Pentagon Inspector General published a report on the “Use of Military UAVs Over the U.S.” It seems that elected government officials, down to the State and local level, have been complicit in allowing/facilitating the use of military drones over the U.S. for a variety of purposes.

    As those cave-dwelling Jihadis in AF have demonstrated, high-tech can be defeated/nullified by No Tech.

  • David in MA

    No License needed and no bag limit……..

  • Kathleen

    I wonder when the People will notice the sweeping changes that have happened under their feet. Ignorance is not bliss and that will be the cliche used in the near future. I am not listening to the whining when it starts,,,,why didn’t somebody do something? That whining!

  • Paul Prichard

    The world is not nations with lawful governments, the world is nations under the martial
    law of the military drone.