The Drone Census

News

Homeland Security Admits $360 Million Drone Program Can't Meet Its Goals

The inspector general hammered Customs and Border Protection on drone program oversight.
Shawn Musgrave
7.15.15
News

Inside 'Liberty City,' Homeland Security's Site for Testing Urban Drones

The goal at the drone evaluation site is to impress public safety officials.
Shawn Musgrave
6.19.15
politics

The FBI Doesn't Have Enough Pilots to Fly Its Drones

FBI has a total of two pilots for its 17 drones… and they both work in the same office.
Shawn Musgrave
3.25.15
politics

The FBI Says It's Following All the Drone Rules, Won't Share Proof

White House requires status report on drones and civil liberties within six months.
Shawn Musgrave
2.27.15
politics

The FBI Can't Find the Drone Privacy Reports It's Legally Required to Have

Six months ago, the FBI refused to release its plans to tackle privacy risks posed by drone surveillance. Now the agency claims it can’t track them down at all.
Shawn Musgrave
2.12.15
politics

Air Force Says Trainers Need Exactly 52 Reaper Drones, Can't Explain Why: Report

The Air Force "performed no analyses to justify the specified number of necessary training aircraft."
Shawn Musgrave
1.22.15
politics

The US Spent $360 Million on Border Drones Thanks to This Flimsy Report

Customs and Border Protection's inspector general is now questioning the bureau's decade-long drone program.
Shawn Musgrave
1.12.15
politics

The NYPD Refuses to Release Its Drone Documents, So I'm Suing

The NYPD's transparency office has determined, in response to three separate MuckRock requests, that any documentation regarding the NYPD's drone research does not exist or is otherwise beyond reach.
Shawn Musgrave
12.2.14
nasa

Finally, Here's Every Organization Allowed to Fly Drones in the US

After months of delays, the FAA has finally released the list of which public agencies are flying drones in America—and which are aiming to.
Shawn Musgrave
10.6.14
DRONE

The Plan to Make Drones 'A Tool the FBI Cannot Do Without'

The Bureau nearly cut its drone program, if not for one officials' push to cement their place in the FBI's spy kit.
Shawn Musgrave
8.14.14
politics

The San Jose PD Says It's Sorry for Not Informing the Public About Its Drone

Hours later, the department released additional documents showing the department considered itself immune from FAA regulation.
Shawn Musgrave
8.6.14
police

Despite Repeated Denials, San Jose Police Definitely Have a Drone

The San Jose Police Department has confirmed that it does indeed have a drone—it just hasn't flown yet.
Shawn Musgrave
7.29.14
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