This issue gained national attention with a South Carolina sheriff, who is refusing to fly flags at half-mast, despite a presidential order to lower them in memory of the late South African leader. He argued that honor should be reserved for Americans who sacrificed for the country.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio is taking his own action on the matter, pointing out that Nelson Mandela's name appeared on a terrorism watch list until 2008.
Arpaio says flags would always remain at half-staff if he recognized every international dignitary who dies.
He says if this means that much to the president, then Obama should have praised the sheriff for placing flags in each of the inmates' cells and making them sing the national anthem.
Tuesday, the sheriff announced he was looking to buy two drones to patrol the skies over
Arpaio says he wants to stop people from throwing contraband such as drugs and cigarettes over the fence, and says drones would help monitor the exterior of the jail.
Arpaio says droves have unlimited capabilities, and at the size of a briefcase, would be a great tool to help him fight crime.
"The drone program seems to be taking off these days, why not have a few drones, at least one flying around monitoring especially the outside for contraband?" said Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The sheriff says there will be no weapons on the drones, and they'll be paid for by money seized during drug operations.
In order for the sheriff to use drones, he would first have to get approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.