FBI comes clean: Mystery planes over Baltimore were ours

FBI comes clean: Mystery planes over Baltimore were ours

[Ed. – LUWC caught this whiff earlier.  What were (a) the necessity and (b) the authority for unmarked surveillance?]

During Baltimore’s state of emergency, law enforcement officers made a point of standing out and being seen–but not the FBI.

Alex DeMetrick reports the feds were watching from above. …

City and state police took to the air–clearly marked, they’re hard to miss.

Not so obvious was a single engine Cessna and a small Cessna jet–both were conducting aerial surveillance for the FBI.

The website www.flightradar24.com tracked them circling Baltimore–not during the riot–the FBI was watching last weekend when peaceful demonstrations were held. …

Baltimore police referred questions about the flights to the FBI.

At first, the local FBI field headquarters declined to comment, but in a statement to WJZ, it said:

“The aircraft were specifically used to assist in providing high altitude observation of potential criminal activity to enable rapid response by police officers on the ground. The FBI aircraft were not there to monitor lawfully protected first amendment activity.”

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