The Obama administration's use of unmanned drones is under intense scrutiny this week, culminating in the hearings to confirm new CIA director John Brennan, which begin this afternoon. Two drone skeptics, Omar Shakir, of the International Human Rights and Conflict Resolution Clinic at Stanford Law School, and co-author of the report Living Under Drones, and Zeke Johnson, director of Amnesty International's Security with Human Rights campaign, discuss the practice, and the leaked memo detailing the legal parameters by which drones could be used to target American citizens.
→Tune In: WNYC will stream live coverage of the Brennan hearings on our website beginning at 2:30pm today. Listen here.
DOJ White Paper on Targeting Americans (via NBC)
Reading List: Drones
- How the Obama Administration Justifies Targeted Killings (CFR)
- The Strategic Context of Lethal Drones (American Security Project)
- Room For Debate: Do Drone Attacks Do More Harm Than Good? (NYTimes)
- Map: Pakistani Drone Strikes (New America Foundation)
In Our Longform Guide: Elisabeth Bumiller on Drone Pilots
Video: Obama Statements on Drones
Interactive from the WNYC Data News Team