AirTalk for May 23, 2013

Obama discusses drone use, Guantanamo prison in speech

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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about his administration's drone and counterterrorism policies and the military prison at Guantanamo Bay at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2013.

President Obama delivers a major speech on his administration's counterterrorism policies today and sheds light on the decision process for carrying out unmanned drone strikes. This is seen as a clear step toward fulfilling the President’s promise at greater government transparency. Just yesterday, the administration admitted for the first time that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen since 2009.

Guests:

Phil Mattingly, Justice Reporter, Bloomberg News

David Kaye, Professor of law,  UC Irvine, specializing in international law and human rights law; former Staff Attorney at the U.S. Department of State 1995-2002

Danielle Pletka, Vice President for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute’s resident scholar


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