U.S. Customs and Border Protection, an agency within the department, operates nine drones, variants of the CIA’s feared Predator. The aircraft, which are flown remotely by a team of 80 fully qualified pilots, are used principally for border and counternarcotics surveillance under four long-term FAA certificates.
Officials say they can be used on a short-term basis for a variety of other public-safety and emergency-management missions if a separate certificate is issued for that mission.
No doubt they'll also be providing such value added services as making sure:
-- any pools, cars, decks, & outbuildings that can't be seen at street level are properly registered/permitted and taxed. Otherwise, you'll get fined.
-- your chicken & veggies patch ('cause you'll need one by then) doesn't have more than the approved quota of food in it. Otherwise, you'll get fined.
For the Gub'ment-would-never-do-that Libs --> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wickard_v._Filburn
Local municipalities are going to be climbing on top of each other to get a piece of this cash-grabbing action.
30,000 drones on the roam, 30,000 drones ...
If one of those drones, drops a bomb on your home ...