US President Barack Obama gave a speech that was meant to contextualise the global drone war that has escalated under his presidency, outline the framework for future targeted killing, and address concerns about the continued operation of Guantanamo Bay. But did he succeed? To discuss this, Inside Story Americas, with presenter Shihab Rattansi, is joined by guests: Carlos Warner, a lawyer for Guantanamo detainees; and Hina Shamsi, the director of the ACLU’s National Security Project.
Photo: President Barack Obama holds a meeting in Situation Room of the White House. From left at the table, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Attorney General Eric Holder, FBI Director Robert Mueller, CIA Director John Brennan, and Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President of Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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The first US drone-fired missile hit Yemen back in 2003. The Obama administration promised that these drone strikes were only meant to target high level al-Qaeda members. However, the statistics prove that civilians are often caught in the crossfire: roughly 50 strikes there have cased the death of around 300 people including dozens of them were civilians and two children. Now in light of the recent developments even mainstream news outlets are beginning to question the strategy of these strikes because they have the potential to radicalize the population the US is attempting to help. Jayel Aheram of the Young Americans for Liberty joins us to discuss whether the drone strikes are actually helping al-Qaeda