The use of these systems raises serious questions about modern conceptions of privacy. This article examines the constitutional doctrine related to aerial surveillance and technology, and finds that current doctrine is unlikely to prevent the use of unmanned systems. The article proposes a series of legislative solutions intended to place surveillance by drones on the same legal footing as surveillance by manned aircraft — a status quo solution. The paper then analyzes the circumstances under which that new status quo may break down, and proposes remedies that could be implemented depending upon the nature of the emergent privacy harms.
Surveillance Drones On The Homefront – Privacy At Risk? featuring drone expert Professor Gregory S. McNeal
Greg McNeal, associate professor of law, has received $165,000 from the Carthage Foundation to research the U.S. practice of targeted killings. The research and resulting book will educate policymakers and the public about America’s use of lethal force against suspected terrorists.
Professor McNeal’s research is grounded in the idea that when the United States [...]
Professor Gregory McNeal appeared on MSNBC to discuss the FAA’s selection of civilian drone testing sites in nine states. During the six minute interview McNeal discussed the positive uses of drones, and some of the privacy concerns raised by drone critics. One of his articles in Forbes was excerpted during the interview and was a [...]
I recently testified before the House Judiciary Committee regarding drones and domestic surveillance. Pepperdine ran a story on the testimony which I’ve pasted below.
Associate Professor of Law Gregory McNeal testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary on May 17 regarding the use of unmanned aerial systems, known commonly [...]
On Wednesday June 5, 2013 I’ll be participating in an event sponsored by the Los Angeles Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and the Libertarian Law Council. The event is entitled “Drones and Due Process.”
Prof. John C. Yoo, Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law Prof. Gregory S. McNeal, Associate Professor of [...]
I’ll be discussing targeted killings, drone strikes and drone warfare on Friday, April 26th in Las Vegas, NV. In the talk I will describe the legal justification for the U.S. practice of targeted killings and the bureaucratic and political approval process for conducting strikes. I will also touch on the controversies associated with targeted [...]
Today I appeared on Huffington Post Live on a panel discussing rules for the use of drones in targeted killings. The panel information and video clip appear below.
In anticipation of the election, the Obama administration started working to codify drone policies. Why did they wait so long and what might the rules look like? [...]
On November 14th at 12pm at George Mason University School of Law, I will be making a presentation entitled Kill-Lists and Accountability, based on my identically titled paper. The abstract of the paper appears below:
This paper examines the U.S. practice of targeted killings. It proceeds in two [...]
Kill-Lists and Accountability, a public lecture at Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. November 12, 2012 7 p.m.
In targeted killings, who creates the “kill list?” Who approves the names on the list? How is the targeted killing executed? Who is responsible for ensuring that the strike complies with international humanitarian law obligations? When killings are conducted in [...]
Greg McNeal is a professor and national security specialist focusing on the institutions and challenges associated with global security, with substantive expertise in national security law and policy, transnational crime, global policy studies, and international affairs.
He teaches at Pepperdine University's School of Law and School of Public Policy.
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