October 30, 2012
David Petraeus, director of the CIA, is strongly “suggesting” that
the White House approve an expansion of the CIA’s drone fleet to extend
the agency’s ability to survey under a paramilitary force. Justification
for this necessity is campaigns in Middle Eastern regions like Pakistan
and Yemen. Petraeus cites the reemergence of al-Qaeda in North Africa.
This would add 10 more drones to the 35 already used in counterterrorism operations.
Ironically, the CIA denied knowledge of drone use in the US during a lawsuit prompted by the ACLU; as well as refused a Freedom of Information Act request claiming that they could not confirm US government drone use.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) asserted that the use of
drones in American skies were for assurance of public safety. In
collaboration with corporations specializing in surveillance, DHS has
made outward requests for drone manufacturers to have their products
used for spying on Americans – and get paid for it.-[Full Article]