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This week, an official silence was broken when it comes to U.S. policy in the use of drones and targeted killings.
A document was leaked that outlines when the justice department considers the use of drone strikes legal, even if it involves American citizens.
Fighter pilots are the movie stars of the USAF. Drone pilots less so. But there's an increasing reliance on the men and women who operate the unmanned craft, who gather intelligence, mark the targets and fire the missiles. This week one of those drone pilots speaks out.
Brandon Bryant, a former drone operator with the United States Air Force tells us how he watched the war on an infrared screen, and about the surprising intimacy he had with his targets and strikes.
Brendan's military career is over, but he considers himself a combat veteran and tells us how his experience in the drone cockpit left its mark.
PTDS and Canadian Forces
Jonathan Wolvett served two tours in Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces. He was in the infantry and experienced the full brunt of combat. He was pinned down by enemy fire and he lost friends to roadside improvised explosive devices.
When he came home, Jonathan was diagnosed with PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder.
But after three years of watching his son struggle, and more than one suicide attempt, Jonathan's father Greg wasn't satisfied with the treatment his son was getting from the military.
So he made a drastic move - he kidnapped his son and took him out of military care. Greg joins us to talk about PTSD, Jonathan and how he thinks the Canadian Forces dropped the ball.
Bollywood and Rape
This week, a sensational trial began in India which will determine the fate of five men accused of a brutal and infamous attack aboard a Delhi city bus.
A 23 year-old woman was gang-raped and beaten in that attack. She died of her injuries. Her companion that night, also badly beaten, now uses a wheelchair.
When personalities from India's giant film industry marched in support of the victim, it was too much for director and playwright Mahesh Dattani. He found it hypocritical that an industry that has profited by creating images of subservient women- even women being raped- would publicly mourn the death of a victim of such an attack.Dattani wrote an op-ed that went viral in it's condemnation of Bollywood. He tells us more.
Mental Illness and the NBA
Royce White was a huge basketball star at Iowa State and should have been a sure bet as an early pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He went to the Houston Rockets as the 16th pick, but it's been a rough ride since.
White has an anxiety disorder. He's been upfront about it and some NBA franchises passed on him almost certainly because they were leery of what White might expect from the club in accommodating his disorder.
Houston took a chance, but many fans regret it. White's yet to play a game as he negotiates with the Rockets on specific demands relating to his illness, essentially creating a separate set of rules for his agency.
For White, this is an issue about how pro sports fails to deal with mental illness. Others see it as a waste. We talk to Royce about the Rockets, his illness and what he expects from pro ball.
The Cree and Uranium in Quebec
Canada is rich in Uranium and in Matoush, Quebec a mining company believes it's sitting on a massive deposit. In October, The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission granted an exploration license to Strateco Resources.
But the land is designated for use by the Cree and they oppose the project and want a moratorium on Uranium mining in the province.
This week Strateco went to Quebec's Superior Court. They want to force the Provincial Government to make a decision on the project, and they want to toss out the requirement for the Cree's official consent.
We talk to both sides in a pitched battle over resources in Quebec.
That's our show for this edition. Happy Valentine's Day from Day 6 and we'll be back next week to show you more love.