The Drone Census
Documents released to Motherboard and MuckRock indicate that local government agencies, like police in Newport News, are considering unmanned balloons as surveillance tools.
America is quickly losing its chance to lead the world’s future drone economy—but does it even want to?
Lincoln now joins such like-minded cities as Syracuse and Charlottesville in getting out ahead of the law enforcement drone trend.
But conveniently found them right before its court hearing.
Just as the FBI struggled to count its drone inventory, the Defense Department now claims incompetence to track down its own data.
Meet the New York company that's already been flying in Canada and France for more than a year.
Newly released documents show the FBI hoped to avoid audit scrutiny.
Or exactly where they are, for that matter.
Such testing is key to creating the rules that will allow commercial drones to fly in American skies.
Neither the feds nor the state of New York has come up with ironclad rules around drones and civil liberties.
The FBI believes it has thorough precedent for legally conducting drone surveillance without warrants.