The very fact that the gov feels the need to watch it's own citizens the same way they watch 'terrorists' speaks volumes to most of us... How does this fly over your head?
Do these technologies and drones have to start firing missiles at people in the USA before they will draw a line in the sand? Only a fool could see what is coming and not feel worried about it.
There has not been a legitimate terror attack on America in almost 12 years, and the attack 12 years ago is highly questionable itself... What is the purpose for this? Why now?
It "flies over my head" because you are jumping to a couple of conclusions that I dont think are appropriate or even rational.
First off you are assuming that they are going to be (or possibly already are) deployed in widespread surveillance operations over US soil. Surveillance operations of average citizens doing the banal poo that average citizens do. Dude I hate to break it to you but the government doesn't feel the need to watch you. You're just not that interesting. I'm not either so dont feel bad. And even if either of us were, there are far better ways for our government to keep tabs on us than deploying a drone that cant see me when I go into a parking deck.
Then you jump to missiles on theses recon drones and even suggest that the government would deploy those weapons against those same boring citizens. Really?
And as to the purpose for this? How about monitoring the borders, or high resolution monitoring of military base perimeters, or high resolution aerial cartography, or even monitoring of remote national parks/resources? I'm sure the list could go on for days.
Stay away from all of the hyperbole and tell me why this is a threat to me or my freedoms and Ill listen with an open mind, but when you start telling me that this is the first step to goosestepping fascists marching down main street and you just sound like the lunatic fringe.