FBI: Flights Rarely Track Cellphones

Washington — The FBI assured Congress in an unusual, confidential briefing last week that its plane surveillance program is a by-the-books operation short on high-definition cameras — with some planes equipped with binoculars — and said only five times in five years has it tracked cellphones from the sky. The FBI would not openly answer some questions about its planes, which routinely orbit major U.S. cities and rural areas. Although...

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