The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has, through a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, revealed the vast extent to which the US Military is flying armed and unarmed pilotless drones through US airspace, subjecting the public to what the Air Force calls potentially “catastrophic” interference with civilian and commercial aircraft.
In addition, the EFF’s FOIA documents show that dozens of local law enforcement agencies in the United States are using the pilotless drones to monitor drug dealing activity and to provide an “eye in the sky” during SWAT team raids – among other things.
To top it all off, the EFF reports that several US big-city police departments have refused to comply with the EFF’s FOIA requests, citing a new claim – not denying the requests on the basis of “national security” but of the request’s interference with “law enforcement operations”!
We’ll have much to say about this as we review this massive cache of documents. In the meantime, dig in and do your own research on this. The EFF’s Drone Files are available here: