FBI behind mysterious surveillance flights

Ponca City Now - June 2, 2015 8:54 am

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Associated Press has learned the FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video or, at times, cellphone surveillance technology.

The surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI says the flights are for ongoing investigations. The planes can also capture video of unrelated criminal activity on the ground as evidence for prosecutions.

In a recent 30-day period, the AP found the government flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country.

The FBI said the surveillance flights comply with agency rules that limit the types of equipment the agency can use, as well as the justifications and duration of the surveillance.

 

Latest Stories

NOC Seeking Distinguished Alumni Nominations

  Northern Oklahoma College is seeking nominations for the 2023 NOC Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominations are...

Online Fundraiser Set Up to Help Edmond Police Officer on Life Support

OKLAHOMA CITY – An online fundraiser has been set up to help an Edmond police officer who is on...

Oklahoma Judge Rules Man Competent to be Executed This Month

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge ruled Tuesday that a man on death row for...