Oct 8 8:19 PM

Does the U.S. drone program need to be reformed?

Are drones here to stay? Often touted as surgically precise and effective, drones have become the U.S.’ choice weapon in the targeted killing of Al Qaeda operatives. However, protest from communities where drone attacks are a regular occurrence has struck a chord with many critics. Some question the efficacy of drone strikes, calling for greater transparency regarding targets and casualties. So, should the U.S. drone program be reformed? Join us at 7:30pmET to discuss.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak to:

Naureen Shah @naureenshah
Advocacy Advisor with Amnesty International USA

Joshua Foust @JoshuaFoust
Former Pentagon Intel Analyst

Rooj Alwazir @Rooj129
Co-founder of SupportYemen collective

Hassan Abbas @watandost
Advisor, Asia Society

What do you think? Record a video comment and leave your thoughts below. 

By some estimates, drones are responsible for over 95% of targeted killings since September 11th, but the devices are hardly popular. Some critics are skeptical about their effectiveness  while others are concerned the program will breed resentment abroad. 

The organization Brave New Foundation, along with the law schools at Stanford and New York University, documented the lives of Pakistani civilians affected by the drone program.


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