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President Obama has nominated former Bush Administration official Jim -- -- as FBI director to replace longtime chief Robert Mueller.
-- is best known for his opposition to the warrantless wiretapping program following 9/11.
-- takes over at the bureau just as the public learns about the FBI's use of drones to conduct surveillance.
-- and -- and intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge has new information tonight.
The heavily redacted documents released by the FAA after a Freedom of Information Act requests -- California privacy rights group.
Should the FDI applied for and got permission.
At least four times since 2009.
To fly surveillance drones in this country.
I think the fact that the FBI documents are heavily redacted is incredibly significant it shows this culture of secrecy this.
Just pure -- witness in the way -- -- operating in the united state.
It's the documents do reveal the FBI is flying an unarmed drone widely used by the Defense Department called the puma AE.
-- referring to specific questions to the FBI the California manufacturer told fox it is highly portable and series of color and a thermal video camera.
-- -- surveillance data to its operator with a two hour flight limit.
Earlier this week FBI director Robert Mueller that went on the record.
Does the FBI owner currently use drones and if so for what purpose.
Yes and for surveillance.
Push some privacy policies covering the use -- retention of surveillance data gathered within the US -- said it's a work in progress.
We have very few and it limited use -- we're exploring.
Not only they use but also.
Guidelines for the use.
The FBI now confirms drone used during this Alabama hostage standoff that ended with the safe return of a five year old boy.
In a statement the FBI emphasized quote.
The use of the -- is governed by existing bureau aircraft regulations an FAA rules we -- in the business of investigating crimes.
And protecting lives using all lawful tools available.
-- without publicly available rules privacy groups say surveillance did it could be combined with other collection programs including the.
NSA as you gain more data points you can make more inferences and you can perform more analytics which tell you.
A very robust picture about a person's life that she -- -- necessarily consider from each individual point of information.
The electronic frontier foundation a group that got the FAA documents through the Freedom of Information Act told fox in -- statement.
The DF BI's quote trust us approach is far from sufficient.
Adding that the FAA has no real policies they guarantee the protection of privacy and civil liberties crest more on this with the panel -- thank you.
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