The emergence of a police state becomes more likely with the proliferation of drones by law enforcement agencies. The FAA has already been told to make room for drones in U.S. skies. Gotta keep tabs on the masses.
Francis Fukuyama, a policy personnel at Stanford, posts his detailed efforts to build a drone on his blog. The reasons for his wanting to build a drone are simple:
"I don’t have to spell out the implications of this. I want to have my drone before the government makes them illegal."
Are they illegal now? No. Not yet. But don't think that the Powers That Be won't move to make them illegal for anyone other than themselves. They don't want anyone else to use the same technology against them that they are using against us. I can see drones being used to record cops beating suspects a-la Rodney King and countless others. This won't go over well. Holding them accountable to the same laws we are will surely piss them off and fast track a ban on civilian drones.
Don't have the time or effort to build your own? Well lucky you! You can purchase a ready to fly UAV from the Udrones Store. Currently they only have 2 products and the price is pretty steep, but if you need one fast, this is the way to go.
This opens up a whole new arena for intelligence gathering. I don't think I need to elaborate on teh the benefits FreeFor can reap with the implementation of a few of these. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
UPDATE: Well it looks like an animal rights group, calling themselves Showing Animals Respect and Kindness (SHARK), attempted to use a drone to take videos of a pigeon shoot in South Carolina. Unfortunately for them, it was shot down with a shotgun. Take note.