US senator and former Paly basketball star Ron Wyden via social media, Thursday, July 16, 2020 regarding Black Lives Matter
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For what purpose, and under what legal authority, did the FBI conduct such aerial surveillance?
(b) How many flights for aerial surveillance over protests has the FBI initiated since May 25th?
(c) How many law enforcement actions were investigated or initiated by the FBI based on data collected during aerial surveillance?
(d) Has the FBI transferred any data collected through aerial surveillance to other federal, state, local, or international agencies (including law enforcement agencies), to private corporations, or to any other organization? If so, please list what was shared and with which organization.
(e) Other than the FBI, which federal, state, or local government agencies, law enforcement or otherwise, participated in or conducted such surveillance that the FBI is aware of?
(3) If the FBI did fly aircrafts over Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Nevada, or other U.S. cities as described in question (2), what surveillance equipment did the aircraft have on-board?
(a) Please identify whether or not each of following the types of equipment was on-board the aircraft and whether each was activated during the associated flights:
(i) fixed or mobile video surveillance systems.
(iii) thermal imaging devices.
(v) ground sensors.
(vi) dirtboxes, stingrays, other cell site mimicking equipment, other radio frequency sensors, or other telecommunications interception equipment.
(vii) wide-area surveillance system.
(b) What is the maximum resolution of the camera system(s) attached to associated aircraft?
(i) How many pixels does the imaging sensor possess?
(ii) Can any camera system discern specific vehicles or individuals, even if it is not able to identify them on its own?
(c) Did any equipment on-board the aircraft include any equipment that has associated software for facial recognition, other biometric identification, or automated license plate reading? Was such software used during or after the flight?
(4) What policies, protocols, and procedures – including any Privacy Impact Assessments and System of Records Notices – does the FBI have regarding the use of aerial surveillance? Please provide a copy of any associated documentation for these policies, protocols, and procedures.
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