FROM Naureen Shah
Guantanamo Bay, Unmanned Drones and the Fight against Terror As today's live broadcast begins, President Obama is addressing national security at the National Defense University in Washington. In a lengthy briefing prior to the speech, aides outlined his renewed intention to close the prison at Guantánamo Bay and his plans to establish new rules for the use of unmanned drones for targeted killings. The President said that, while terrorism is a threat that will always be with us, it's not a reason for perpetual war. With US troops leaving Afghanistan, and al Qaeda leadership decimated since the attacks of September 11, he said it's time to refocus American strategy. Will today's speech win support from a divided Congress?
Targeted Killings, Drones and the Role of the CIA Targeted killing of terrorist leaders was controversial when President Bush adopted the practice in the aftermath of September 11. With almost no public discussion, President Obama has expanded the practice, using unmanned drones. It's a cheap way to get rid of terrorist leaders, but mistakes and civilian casualties can be costly in more ways than one. We look at how the policy has developed and how it could change the role of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Targeted Killings, Drones and the Role of the CIA Targeted killing of terrorist leaders was controversial when President Bush adopted the practice in the aftermath of September 11. Barack Obama has widely expanded the practice, using unmanned drones. Rather than through acts of Congress, much less the courts, it's been driven by drone technology, and the President alone decides who lives or who dies. The CIA carries out his decisions, and it wants more drones. Mitt Romney endorsed targeted killing in Monday's debate on foreign policy. Is the intelligence agency becoming an unmanned air force? The kill-list has grown way beyond al Qaeda leaders who were the original targets. Will drone technology encourage engagement in permanent war?
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump, the GOP and the rule of law Conservatives — and some Republicans — are criticizing the President for "the mess he made" in firing FBI Director James Comey. We hear about a potential successor, the possibility of "obstruction of justice" and the constitutional separation of powers.