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Rand Paul Issues Second Letter Asking the FBI About its Drone Use

On March 6th, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) held a 13-hour long filibuster to rally against this administration’s threatening drone policy concerning the targeting of American citizens overseas. He also used the time he had to ask broader questions dealing with the potential targeting of Americans on U.S. soil, which weren’t fully answered.

On June 20th, Sen. Paul requested more answers concerning the current U.S. drone use. Unfortunately, the Senator did not obtain any responses to his first letter, which was directed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. According to the official release, Sen. Paul questioned the FBI Director Robert Mueller on whether the agency is actively using drones without governance policy, which would be the only way to assure the lawful use of the unmanned devices is authorized.

With the first letter, Sen. Paul asked the FBI for details on the period in which drones have been in use by the agency, and accurate information on whether these devices are armed.

Sen. Paul has now issued a second letter since the FBI failed to provide answers to his questions after Robert Mueller testified before Congress on June 19th claiming that the FBI does operate done aircrafts.

Obama Administration fails on transparency

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Remember when President Barack Obama promised the American people that his administration would be the most transparent in history? That promise hasn’t been kept. Even before the wake of scandals that emerged into the headlines over the last couple of months, President Obama had failed to offer much in the way of sunlight to the actions of his administration.

The scandals have only reiterated this indictment of Obama’s presidency.

In a new video, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) highlights some of the questions asked of administration officials —including Attorney General Eric Holder, former IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman, and FBI Director Robert Mueller — when they appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and their failure to provide answers:

FBI already using surveillance drones inside the United States

Look! In the sky. It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…an FBI drone?

That’s right, folks, fresh off revelations that the NSA is collecting phone records and Internet metadata of ordinary Americans who are suspected of no crime, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has admitted for the first time that it has used surveillance drones inside the United States.

During congressional testimony on Wednesday, FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged that the agency he oversees has used drones inside the United States, though he insisted that reliance on them is limited:

The United States uses drones for surveillance in some limited law enforcement situations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said on Wednesday, sparking additional debate about President Barack Obama’s use of domestic surveillance.
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“Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on U.S. soil?” Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa asked during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

“Yes,” Mueller said, adding that the use was in “a very, very minimal way and very seldom.”

Mueller did not go into detail, but the FBI later released a statement that said unmanned aircraft were used only to watch stationary subjects and to avoid serious risks to law enforcement agents. The Federal Aviation Administration approves each use, the statement said.

FBI Director has No Clue about IRS Investigation

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During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing yesterday, FBI Director Robert Mueller faced some tough questioning from Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on the agency’s investigation into the IRS’s targeting of Tea Party and conservative groups.

Mueller initially deflected Jordan’s questions, noting that the matter was under investigation. Undeterred, Jordan pressed him on several aspects of how the FBI is handling the case. Jordan asked for the name of the lead investigator and how many agents the FBI has looking into the IRS. Mueller frequent refrain was “I do not know.”

“This is the most important case in the country for the past six weeks and you don’t know who the most important person is, leading the case?” asked Jordan. “Not off the top of my head,” Mueller responded.

Jordan asked if investigators had talked to anyone involved with the Tea Party and conservative groups, the victims of the IRS’s targeting. Mueller again said, “I do not know.” Unbelievable.

One would imagine that Mueller, who has headed up the FBI since 2001, would have expected that he would face questions about the status of an investigation on an issue that this committee has been all over. In other words, the FBI isn’t at all taking this matter seriously, which doesn’t bode well for accountability.

You can watch the exchange between Jordan and Mueller below:


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