FBI Director Robert Mueller readily acknowledged at a Senate hearing Wednesday that his agency does make limited use of drones to conduct surveillance in the United States.
Some Americans see this as another scary, spooky incursion - Big Brother on steroids - into what they thought were lives led largely at liberty in relative anonymity.
But let's face it. Technological advances change all aspects of society, from bottom to top.
Saying "No drone surveillance" makes as much sense as saying: "Those newfangled binocular thingies are too powerful. Government should not be allowed to look at Americans from that far away."
It's obvious to most people that the use of pilotless aircraft in hostage situations, natural disasters, and surveillance of large gatherings such as the Boston Marathon has the potential to save the lives of citizens and first responders alike.
It's equally obvious to those who watch crime shows that the collection of DNA from people arrested in connection with serious crimes could help solve crimes and clear people who are unjustly accused.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already approved government's use of that identification tool, which is more conclusive than fingerprints.
More intrusive government?
Potentially more helpful than harmful?