FROM Daniel Klaidman
The Secret US War on Global Terrorism In the aftermath of 9/11, America went to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, but we also embarked on a covert war involving special operations troops, drones dropping bombs on high-level targets, and the harsh interrogation and limited judicial review of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Now the ongoing secret war has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism. Have we engaged in torture? Have our drones killed too many innocent bystanders? Daniel Klaidman is national political correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast and author of Kill or Capture : The War on Terror and the Soul of the Obama Presidency.
The CIA, the Pentagon and Obama’s Drone War… Unmanned drones are re-shaping both the gathering of intelligence and the conduct of warfare by the Obama Administration. CIA civilians have been firing drones at suspected terrorists, while the military plans to deploy more spies. Will this mean more targeted killings? President Obama has been deciding which individuals will live or die. What does that mean for him personally? We’ll look at his efforts to grapple with the legal—and moral—issues created by the development of drone technology.
The Pentagon Expands its Spying Operations: What Does This Mean for Obama’s Drone Program? Unmanned drones are re-shaping both the gathering of intelligence and the conduct of warfare by the Obama Administration. CIA civilians have been firing drones at suspected terrorists, while the military plans to deploy more spies. Will this mean more targeted killings? President Obama has been deciding which individuals will live or die. What does that mean for him personally? We’ll look at his efforts to grapple with the legal—and moral—issues created by the development of drone technology.
A Cascade of Secret Intelligence Leaks Reporters for Newsweek, the Daily Beast and the New York Times have recently revealed that President Obama chooses the "kill lists" for unmanned drones and that the US conspired with Israel to disable Iran's nuclear program with the Stuxnet computer virus. Has the Obama White House leaked too much classified information to enhance his re-election campaign? Are leaks threatening national security? Does the public have a right to know?
Leaks, National Security and Presidential Politics The Obama White House is accused of leaking classified information to make the President look good and of punishing whistleblowers who make him look bad. Earlier this month, California Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern about threats to national security to CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Republican Senator John McCain wants a special prosecutor appointed to investigate White House leaks, but the President says that's not where the information is coming from. Others insist that the people have a right to know what the government's doing. Now the world knows the US is targeting specific people with drone strikes and that it attacked Iran's nuclear program with a computer virus. What new dangers have been created? Is it all about the President's re-election campaign? Is there anything new about leaking?
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?
Trump's 'America First' goes missing abroad In the Middle East, President Trump is changing some policies of the Obama Administration—and reversing his own campaign attacks on Islam as a religion that "hates us." We hear about his visit to Saudi Arabia and what's at stake for the rest of his foreign excursion.
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.