Predator Drones: Fighting the Covert War in Pakistan

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Emblematic of modern warfare, predator drones have become the weapon of choice in America's war in Afghanistan. Initially used for reconnaissance, for years the airborne robots have been armed with Hellfire missiles. Reportedly very effective in the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban, the Obama Administration is debating a plan that would extend drone strikes into the Pakistani city of Quetta. But could urban use of this weapon end up costing innocent lives, driving a wedge between Washington and Islamabad? Will their use be expanded to the US border for surveillance purposes?

Credits

Guests:
Julian Barnes - Wall Street Journal - @julianbarnes, Roger Cressey - former Director for Counterterrorism, National Security Council, Hina Shamsi - American Civil Liberties Union - @hinashamsi, Peter W. Singer - Brookings Institution - @peterwsinger

Host:
Conan Nolan

Producers:
Frances Anderton, Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal