Congress passes a bill on February 1, 2012 paving the way for unmanned drones to ply American skies. (See also Drones over U.S. get OK by Congress)
The bill requires the FAA to rush a plan to get as many drones in the air as possible within nine months.
How many drones are we talking?
Shaun Waterman at The Washington Times reports the agency predicts that 30,000 drones could fill U.S. skies by the end of the decade.
Naturally, many are concerned that surveillance by police and federal government agencies will skyrocket in response.
From The Washington Times:
“There are serious policy questions on the horizon about privacy and surveillance, by both government agencies and commercial entities,” said Steven Aftergood, who heads the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists…