U.S. Drone Policy and Citizens' Rights


Targeted Killings, the Constitution, and You:
U.S. Drone Policy and Citizens' Rights

Wednesday, September 17, 2014  at 7:30pm to 9:00pm in Emerson Suites

A conversation with Jens David Ohlin, Professor of Law, Cornell University, and Carlos Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Politics, Ithaca College, in honor of Constitution Day. Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Department of Politics, and the Park Center for Independent Media.

Event Video Recording

If you missed the event you can watch it online.

Writings by Prof. Ohlin

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Recommended Readings


Drones are also called:  Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or UAVs, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

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About Constitution Day

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th of each year. That is the day the Constitution was signed during the Constitutional Convention. More information and events can be found on the Constitution Day website of the National Constitution Center.   The ACLU has activities on their website that assist with learning about the Constitution. 

You can access high resolution images and transcripts of the Constitution and Bill of Rights through the National Archive's "Charters of Freedom" website.

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Article Search: Additional Reading

Articles in EBSCO databases:
Drone Aircraft  (in the subject) AND law (in the subject)

in GALE databases:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

in ProQuest databases:
drones or unmanned

Case Law

  • Al-Aulaqi v. Obama, Civil Action No. 10-1469 (JDB) 727 F. Supp. 2d 1, *2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 129601, **
  • Al-Aulaqi v. Panetta, Civil Action No. 12-1192 (RMC  2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46689, *


Multimedia on Drones

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