The Obama administration’s use of drones for targeted killings has been drawing increasing attention and criticism from some. In his confirmation hearings yesterday, John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director and current top counterterrorism adviser, faced questions and loud protests about the how drone strikes were being used abroad. Also this week, a Justice Department document was leaked that lays out the legal justification behind targeting American citizens abroad who are terrorist suspects and that has also raised legal and ethical questions for the administration. This hour, we’ll examine the United States drone policy and the questions it raises about international law, government transparency, and American foreign policy goals. Our guests are NAUREEN SHAH, Associate Director of the Counterterrorism & Human Rights Project at the Human Rights Institute of Columbia Law School and GREGORY MCNEAL, Professor at Pepperdine University where he specializes in law, policy and security.
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