Targeted Killing

McNeal on Drones that Can Capture Rather than Kill

By Robert Chesney
Tuesday, August 14, 2012, 11:13 PM

In response to my inquiry about drones that could capture rather than kill ("Robot Rendition?"), Greg McNeal writes in with these very illuminating comments on the technological prospects.

It probably goes without saying, but the reason I raised this issue to begin with is to emphasize the technological contingency of the status quo, in which there are many contexts in which it is feasible to kill but not to capture (given the risk to the lives of those who would have to attempt the capture).  Technological change eventually will reduce that gap, with interesting policy and legal implications.