Well, reality is all around you, look at what happened recently:Which is why I said "realistically" speaking. xD Perhaps I have that issue only because of the fact that I read much historical and military-based books (if you all want it then fine, I was just saying that stuff like this wouldn't likely happen in reality, especially in America).
Sure, we're not yet third-world-country, etc...
But people still blindly accept a lot of awfull things.
If people were really concerned about their freedom and how the world run, they would have started protests long time ago.
People are selfish and greedy, by the time things works fine for them, no problem to keep their eyes closed.
Everyone has at least once heared the classic:
"Not my problem, I have enought bullshit to deal with to get interested in those kind of stuff, that's sad but... not my problem"
Once you're used to something, it's way less shocking.
A drone strike is "shocking" because we don't have any.
Now, wait 10years, once everyone will be used to drone and what they can do, you can be sure that most people will be fine with it, just like some finds excuses to police brutality, or political corruption, etc...
Like in the last episode of the "Homeland" serie.
They drone-bomb a wedding, killing a lot of civilians and one terrorist, and the CIA agent is all "Whatever, they knew he was a searched-terrorist, they shouldn't have been there with him, it's their problem"
You can justify everything, even the most terrible ones (some people actually thinks nazis were right, so... I'd say everything is possible)
I could totally see drones used has "crowd control / survey" in the streets, using some "low cost, more efficiency" excuses, etc...
Just take it in an "over the top" way, and you have a pretty cool Cyberpunk setting.