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Just Like Other Agencies, the U.S. Marshals Service Doesn't Really Want to Talk About Their Drones

by Abby Zimet

Evidently no more interested than ever in government transparency, the U.S. Marshals Service took months to respond to an ACLU Freedom of Information Act request for information on their drone program, and finally sent two of the 30 pages of documents they said they found - pages so heavily redacted, the ACLU notes, they "reveal almost no information." What's known is that the Marshals tested - and crashed - two small drones about eight years ago, they may or may not have continued the program, and they're in no hurry to tell us.

"It is surprising that what seems like a small-scale experiment remained hidden from the public until our FOIA unearthed it... As drone use becomes more and more common, it is crucial that the government’s use of these spying machines be transparent and accountable to the American people...We should not have to guess whether our government is using these eyes in the sky to spy on us."