The government is sifting through e mails, texts, phone calls, internet searches and everything else they can touch. Started with the Patriot act and was said to fight terrorism. That's bullshit. Information gathered can be sold for advertising. Very sadly our privacy has been sold and less than 2% of the public complained.
Drones can do many things. Half are good or great. Morons with drones can watch / video that which they should never have access to. I think extremely harsh penalties should be put in place.
Our, US government mining operations:
the NSA, born around 1917, one of their operations was
Western Union allowed MI-8 to monitor telegraphic communications passing through the company's wires until 1929.
MI-8 also operated the so-called "Black Chamber". The Black Chamber was located on East 37th Street in Manhattan. Its purpose was to crack the communications codes of foreign governments. Jointly supported by the State Department and the War Department, the chamber persuaded Western Union, the largest U.S. telegram company, to allow government officials to monitor private communications passing through the company's wires.
I believe our government never stopped spying on it's own people. I believe in fact that the FBI spied on Dr. Martin Luther King, and other people and organizations too.