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Debating drone strikes as White House prepares to release first-ever casualty figures




U.S. President Barack Obama listens as Medea Benjamin, an activist from the organization called Code Pink, shouts at him while he speaks at the National Defense University.
U.S. President Barack Obama listens as Medea Benjamin, an activist from the organization called Code Pink, shouts at him while he speaks at the National Defense University.
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The Obama administration will disclose how many people have been killed in American drone and counterterrorism strikes since 2009.

The disclosure is expected to happen in weeks, and comes after sustained criticism from human rights groups for the White House’s lack of transparency on the issue.

The release will certainly reinvigorate the debate over the use of military drone strikes in U.S. counterterrorism campaigns overseas. Champions of drone warfare believe they provide a cheaper and safer way to combat terrorism, but critics they claim too many innocent lives.

Guests:

Mary Ellen O'Connell, Professor of International Law and International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

Paul Scharre, a senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, a national security and defense policy think tank