The U.S. government has active aerial unmanned vehicles (drones) in use in 20 states and 63 launch sites across the U.S. This was brought to light thanks to the Electronic Frontier Foundation which fights for the Constitutional rights of American citizens as it pertains to the access & use of technology. They filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the FAA and as a result, the FAA recently released the data.
Most of the drones are launched from border patrol sites, law enforcement offices, and military posts. However, the list released also includes 19 higher education campuses. It is believed these university & college campuses are developing drone technologies and execute test flights at their sites. The information released by the FAA did not include what types of drones the sites are using but they promised to release those details at a later time. Although government agencies said they would use the drones to monitor criminal activity, with questionable laws such as the recent National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which could catch innocent civilians in its dragnet, and the 2009 Homeland Security Bulletin that included evangelicals, veterans, and those who own gold among potential threats to the U.S., the drones could easily be re-purposed for something more sinister in the future.
15For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist. 16And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. 17And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake. Luke 21
…yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. John 16:2
Source: Julian Gavaghan. Is there a drone in your neighbourhood?… London Daily Mail. 24 April 2012.
–Harry A. Gaylord–