John Feldmeier, a Wright State University political science professor who teaches public law, said he believes the fear of UAVs derives in part from video showing U.S. attacks overseas on terrorists.
“We’ve certainly seen the images of what drones can do in terms of actual strikes,” he said. “I think that image is seared in much of the minds of the American public.”
There’s also been the swell of the anti-big-government tea party movement, he said.
“The thought is drones might become quite prevalent and we’re also in a political environment … where any expansion of government power or government capability is met with resistance,” he said.