Predator Drones and America's License to Kill
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A UN report says the CIA's use of drones in Pakistan makes the US the world's major practitioner of "targeted killings." Could agents be prosecuted under international law? Do the drones make America safer? Should they be controlled by the military instead of the CIA? Also, BP siphons more oil from its gushing well. On Reporter's Notebook, in Arkansas, an endangered incumbent, more money than ever in California, and more sex in South Carolina. We look at tomorrow’s party primaries.
Banner image: Pakistani tribesmen offer funeral prayers for the victims of a missile strike attack in the Miranshah on February 15, 2009. Two missiles fired by an unmanned drone struck the camp of top Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud in the tribal area of Ladha near the Afghan border, they said, adding Mehsud was not in the camp at the time of the strike. Photo: Thir Khan/AFP/Getty Images
BP Siphoning More Oil from Gushing Well ()
Admiral Thad Allen told a White House news briefing today that the Gulf oil spill presents an ever-changing enemy, and that "we have had to adapt and we need to adapt to meet that threat." President Obama promised that, as conditions change, the American people will be kept informed in "what is going to be a fluid and evolving process." David Fahrenthold, who's been covering the spill in Louisiana for the Washington Post, is in Washington.
- David Fahrenthold: Staff Writer, Washington Post
Predator Drones and America's License to Kill ()
The US does not acknowledge that CIA operators use unmanned drones to kill terrorist suspects thousands of miles away in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places. But a UN report says President Obama is expanding the practice in possible violation of international laws that protect human rights, especially when innocent civilians become "collateral damage." Supporters say it's the least bad alternative for taking out dangerous people in remote places. Is America safer? Should the military take over?
- Jane Mayer: Investigative Reporter, New Yorker
- Hina Shamsi: Senior Advisor, NYU School of Law's Project on Extrajudicial Executions, @hinashamsi
- Christine Fair: Assistant Professor, Georgetown University's Center for Peace and Security Studies, @CChristineFair
- Greg Miller: National Security Correspondent, Washington Post, @gregpmiller
Races to Watch in This Year's Super Tuesday ()
Will voters toss out an incumbent US Senator for the third time this year? What will $110 million worth of commercials mean in California? Does sex matter in South Carolina? Just some of the questions that'll be answered tomorrow when voters in 11 states will be picking Democratic and Republican nominees for statewide and national offices. Jay Newton-Small is keeping track of a big picture for Time magazine.
- Jay Newton-Small: Political Reporter, Time magazine
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