We are all familiar with the drones used by the military to find and kill terrorists, and, to some extent, the use by Homeland Security, to fly over the border with Mexico. But, we will soon know about, but probably seldom see all kinds of drones in a place near you. There are already over 300 certificates issued by the FAA to government agencies and research institutions, but they won't say which ones are actively using drones. There is a lawsuit against the FAA to disclose these certificates.
It seems to me that there are three reasons for this demand for increased surveillance: Public safety, information, and money. Although the story will be that we need an increased capacity for safety, the bill was driven by companies that manufacture unmanned drones. There is a lot of money at stake, and we know what that means.
The trend? 10,000 drones in the air by 2015 and more to come. From cradle to grave, the government and industry will not only have vital statistics on everyone, they will have every computer keystroke and video on every step that we make. Seems like an invasion of privacy to me. See the full article in The Washington Times here.