Saturday, September 28, 2013

ATF wants its air force back.

Readers who remember the 90s will recall that the ATF got itself into a big scandal when they put together their own air arm consisting of Vietnam-era OV-10 Broncos. They were stripped unceremoniously of those when the word got around. Now they want to go high-tech: DOJ considers federal guidelines for law enforcement drones.
The report follows an OIG audit of domestic drone deployment in the US; the FBI, Burearu of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and US Marshals Service were all asked to provide details of their drone programs and feedback on potential guidelines. The FBI is said to be the only agency actively using drones "to support its mission," with the ATF expressing plans to utilize them for future operations.
The OIG report is here.

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