“Drone” is a dirty word in the view of some Americans.
They cringe and rage at the use of drones to rid the world of terrorists – citing the “high number” of innocent people (perhaps 800 over a 9 year period) killed as roughly 3000 terrorists met their match—–but are usually silent about the number of innocents those “fighters” have killed – ( 15-20,000 over the same 9 years).
Others rant and rage at the presence of drones in this country : in the apparent belief they are being used to spy upon “patriotic” anti-government militias, marijuana growers, reckless drivers and the like.
They could be ( I certainly hope so ! ) but it appears they are being used for other, less “debatable” purposes: fire watch in large forests, crop evaluations—even sheep herding !
I believe we are going to be seeing a great deal more of them.
Source and further details : http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/03/business/meet-your-friendly-neighborhood-drones/index.html?hpt=hp_c3