FBI Sky Spies Weekly Update [Aug 11 – 17]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted 18 surveillance flights in the seven day span from August 11th to the 17th. Out of the entire fleet of 100 aircraft, only 10 were flown during that seven day period.
This represents a sharp reduction in the surveillance operation which was exposed on May 26th of this year.
Beginning in late July, the Post began conducting weekly audits to give the public a sense of size and scope of the overall operation. Since then, the number of flights per week has plummeted by 75% – from 70 flights the first weekly audit to only 18 this audit.
Without verging too much on speculation, this late summer lull could be due to many factors: the need for these aircraft has been reduced; this is only a temporary trend; the FBI has censored this data through what is known as an ‘ASDI block’; or some other reasons. Much needed clarification will be attained upon return of several Freedom of Information Act requests.
Cities targeted during the seven day period were repeat targets. Larger cities including Washington D.C.; Detroit; Long Beach, West and Northwest of Burbank, Oakland (specifically over Fruitvale) and San Diego (specifically El Cajon) in California; and San Antonio, Texas. Virginia saw the majority of persistent surveillance over Dulles Airport, Sterling, Annandale, Burke, Alexandria, Springfield, Ashburn, and Tysons.