Tagged: drones

Breaking Down the Global Progression of Drones

Research and technology in the field of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or “drones”) is developing at a rapid rate. Military UAVs used for surveillance and aerial assault missions are the most commonly referenced drones in mainstream discourse, however, this technology is quickly diffusing to private sector applications. Privately owned drones...

Taking a Hard Look from Above: Task Force Issues New Recommendations for U.S. Drone Policy

For a one-year period, a task force of three expert working groups (the “Task Force”) met under the roof of the Stimson Center to focus on different aspects of current Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) policy. The Task Force, composed of 10 senior-level military, intelligence, legal, and academic scholars, focused on...

Federal Court Releases DOJ Memo Justifying Targeted Killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi

This Monday a federal court released a July 2010 Justice Department memo that justified a DoD or CIA drone strike against senior al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Aulaqi. The 41-page memo, penned by then-Assistant Attorney General David Barron, sheds new light on the controversial “targeted-killing-of-American-citizens” debate in the United States. It explores the legal aspects...

HSDL Adds New Reports on Drone Strikes

The HSDL has recently added to its collection new reports on US drone strikes in the Middle East, focusing on Pakistan and Yemen.  The reports explore the legality of drone strikes in these areas, as many of them were found to have killed civilians rather than members of terrorist organizations....

Use of Drones Domestically Could Pose Civil Liberties Issue

The use of unmanned aircraft carrying cameras often referred to as “drones” have been in the news regarding their use in places like Afghanistan and Yemen. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) would like to set up safeguards to protect American’s privacy should drones be used for routine aerial surveillance...