The first year of the Obama Administration has been called "the Year of the Drone" in Pakistan. Suspected enemies were struck 51 times with missiles fired from unmanned American Predators, more in 12 months than during eight years of the Bush Administration. In Afghanistan, innocent civilians have also been killed. In Pakistan, a secret drone program could mean that CIA operatives will be charged with murder. Smaller, unarmed drones are being used for US border enforcement, and they could watch forest fires, explore hurricanes and check pipelines. Should local law enforcement get drones for surveillance? What about privacy and over-crowded skies?
The Drone Wars
Nathan Hodge - Wall Street Journal - @nohodge, Mary Ellen O'Connell - Professor of International Law, Notre Dame Law School, David Glazier - Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Peter W. Singer - Brookings Institution - @peterwsinger, Kyle Snyder - Director of Knowledge Resources, Unmanned Vehicle Systems International