The collateral damage of drone warfare


In the political slang of Washington, this is another Terror Tuesday ... the day the U.S. President meets with his National Security advisors and considers, among other things, which so-called terrorist targets to go after next. President Obama's aggressive counter terrorism choices include the increased use of drone attacks. 53 so far this year, most of them in Pakistan's tribal areas. It has made supporters of his hardline opponents and opponents of one-time supporters.

Part Two of The Current

The collateral damage of drone warfare - Journalist

In the past three days, at least 27 people have died in U.S. drone attacks on Pakistan. U.S. officials are now saying a drone strike yesterday over Pakistan's tribal areas was to target al-Qaida's second in command, Abu Yahia al-Libi, although they were unsure whether he was hit.

Islamabad demands an end to the attacks as a condition to re-opening its northern border to NATO supply vehicles. But the unmanned strikes continue, the latest on North and South Waziristan.

Rahimullah Yusufzai is the resident editor of the English-language newspaper The News International and we have reached him today in Peshawar.

The collateral damage of drone warfare - Panel

Glenn Greenwald follows the American use of drones closely. He's a constitutional lawyer and columnist with He says that Barack Obama has not only continued George W. Bush's use of drones but extended the program.

And in fact, it was just this week revealed that every week President Obama and his national security team meet on what's come to be called "Terror Tuesday" to examine a list of suspected terrorists and decide who's next. Glenn Greenwald was in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. And Sadanand Dhume is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a think tank in Washington.

This segment was produced by The Current's Josh Bloch, Pacinthe Mattar and Idella Sturino.

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