The FBI has told Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that it does not need a warrant to use drones for surveillance on U.S. soil.
The libertarian-leaning senator had requested drone information during the confirmation hearing for incoming FBI Director James Comey.
The FBI replied to Sen. Paul, admitting that it has actually used drones 10 times on specific investigations inside the United States.
Officilas said the bureau has no plans to use drones for general surveillance of the American people. But it also claims it's allowed to spy from the skies whenever it wants because it's only monitoring public areas, so there's no invasion of privacy.
"The FBI today responded to my questions on domestic use of surveillance drones by saying that they don't necessarily need a warrant to deploy this technology," Paul responded. "I disagree with this interpretation."
The FBI letter says their policy does not violate the Fourth Amendment requirement for a warrant because the courts have ruled there is "no reasonable expectation of privacy" for people when they are out in public.