Due to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the FAA finally had to release a list of who is flying drones over American airspace and where they are located. Some of these drone flights are fairly benign, such as soldiers learning how to fly the Raven on military installations. I don’t think most Americans have a problem with drones being used to patrol our borders to act as spotters for Border Patrol agents. However, I can only speak for myself when I say that I’m frightened over how all of the intelligence gathering methods and techniques that we used in Iraq and Afghanistan against Al Qaeda are slowly creeping into American domestic life for use against American citizens. For a long time now we’ve heard the line: there are no UAV’s over America. This pretty much shoots that out of the water.
What do you think? Where do you draw the line on domestic surveillance? Is bio-metrics coming to a shopping mall, school house, and gun shop near you?