Pretty soon you won’t be anyone unless you have your own drone. Just ask DHS.
DHS customized its Predator drones (originally military-tasked devices since refurbished) to attend to at-home surveillance tasks. You know, like keeping an eye on those pesky OWS people.
But that’s not the extent of it: DHS has rigged their drones to be able to identify whether civilians are carrying guns, as well as tracking their cell phones. 1
As tweaked by Atomics Aeronautical Systems, the drones are supposed to be “…capable of identifying a standing human being at night as likely armed or not“. 2 As well as identifying “signals interception” and “direction finding” technology. This would allow the drones to intercept the communications and pinpoint locations of both mobile phones and two-way radios.
The drones are also supposed to be unarmed. Their main use? Patroling the northern and southern borders of the U.S. But that doesn’t mean the craft haven’t been loaned out to the FBI, the Secret Service, the Texas Rangers, local police and other agencies. They have.