Internal surveillance In mid-February, Obama signed the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) Modernization and Reform Act 2012. This prepares the way for the use of UAVs in the US itself. The Minneapolis-based Star Tribune warned on February 21 that US citizens should get ready for drone flights in their home territory. The billâ€™s passage was couched in terms of upgrading the air traffic technology in the country, but it paves the way for a robust expansion of a police state in the US. Drones will now be used to conduct high-tech surveillance of the population, collect information about their movements, monitor any individuals or groups of interest to law enforcement authorities and intercept electronic communications. Multinational corporations, such as Northrup Grumman, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, lobbied heavily for the passage of the bill.