CIA Drone Strikes Come Under Scrutiny

Friday, August 12, 2011

A US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile stands on the tarmac of Kandahar military airport on June 13, 2010. (Getty)

Speaking about the CIA's classified drone program, President Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser John O. Brennan has said, “There hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop.” But a new report by British and Pakistani journalists claims otherwise.

Chris Woods, of for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, joins us to talk about the impact of the CIA's drone program, in particular the civilian toll of the campaign.

Guests:

Chris Woods

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja

Comments [1]

Is exacting precision appropriate in warfare? Should a community that harbors violent people expect to be exempt from the consequences of doing so? It seems to me (though admittedly, I have a very Western perspective), I have the responsibility to my community to inform officials when behavior next door threatens the peace of my neighborhood. If I elect to keep quiet I am not complicit in the behavior of violent people? The use of drones has improved the rate of civilian casualty, but cannot (should not?) remove the truth that war is hell.

Aug. 14 2011 06:04 PM

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