The growing use of unmanned aerial surveillance and combat capable aircraft, otherwise known as drones, has drawn the attention of the world. In the US, drones operated by domestic agencies are conducting surveillance for border protection and crime prevention. Abroad, drones are being deployed to strike military and civilian targets as well as to conduct reconnaissance. As the use of drones becomes more common, what legal, political and other ramifications will that use have?


3/15/2013: A federal appeals court judge reversed a ruling on CIA drone records .

10/23/2013: A Pakistan citizen sued the UK Foreign Office over intelligence sharing for US drone strikes.

2/7/2012: The ACLU sues the US government for information on targeted killings.

4/28/2010: A US House of Representatives subcommittee heard testimony regarding the legality of unmanned drone strikes.

3/17/2010: The ACLU files suit seeking information on US drone attacks

9/22/2006: 'Virtual fence' plans for US borders described by DHS include unmanned aerial surveillance.


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