Now police agencies want to use the same UAVs we're using in battlefield conditions and to not find Osama bin Hiding for domestic surveillance in the U.S - and some police are already using them:
For bikers? What's next, Hellfire missiles? Just hope they didn't screw up the license plate - and it might be time to scrape off that "Bad Cop - No Donut" bumper stiker.
In a scene that could have been inspired by the movie "Minority Report," one North Carolina county is using a UAV equipped with low-light and infrared cameras to keep watch on its citizens. The aircraft has been dispatched to monitor gatherings of motorcycle riders at the Gaston County fairgrounds from just a few hundred feet in the air--close enough to identify faces--and many more uses, such as the aerial detection of marijuana fields, are planned.
That raises not just privacy concerns, but also safety concerns because of the possibility of collisions with commercial and general aviation aircraft.