Drones And Their Use In Counterterrorism

Drones And Their Use In Counterterrorism

U.S. drone strikes have killed several high-level al-Qaida operatives, but critics argue the civilian toll is too high and there is too little transparency. The changing way we fight war.

A major architect of U.S. drone policy, John Brennan, will appear today before the Senate as President Obama's nominee to be CIA director. Last night the White House ordered the release of classified drone documents to lawmakers. The Obama administration has increasingly relied on predator drones to fight terrorism. A number of high-level terrorists has been killed by drone strikes. Supporters of U.S. drone policy say it's effective, less costly and will remain a major tool in warfare. But human rights activists and other critics say civilian casualties are still too high, the program lacks transparency and the U.S. might be setting precedents it will come to regret. Guest host Tom Gjelten talks with a panel of experts about drones and counterterrorism.

Guests

Lawrence Korb

senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and former assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration.

Christopher Swift

adjunct professor of National Security Studies at Georgetown University; a fellow at the University of Virginia’s Center for National Security Law.

C. Dixon Osburn

director of law and security at Human Rights First.

Peter Bergen

CNN's national security analyst; director of national security studies at the New America Foundation; author of "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for bin Laden - From 9/11 to Abbottabad."

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