It's common knowledge the military use unmanned spy drones in Afghanistan as part of their reconnaissance procedure, but did you know that police in the UK are planning to use them for the 'routine' monitoring of antisocial motorists, protesters, agricultural thieves and fly-tippers to name just a few?
BAE systems, which produce a range of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for war zones, is adapting the military-style planes for a consortium of government agencies led by Kent police.
The South Coast Partnership, a Home Office-backed project in which Kent police and others are developing a national drone plan with BAE and they reveal the partnership intends to begin using the drones in time for the 2012 Olympics.
The Righteous will say this is a great idea. For me it's an invasion of my privacy and a government generated control system which will contribute greatly to labour's social engineering programme. Aren't CCTV cameras enough? Obviously not.