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The Legal And Moral Issues Of Drone Use

The use of unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida has increased sharply.

The State Department's top lawyer, Harold Koh, has issued legal justification for targeted killings using drone strikes. But some civil liberties groups are critical of the decision.


Peter Bergen, journalist and senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He and Katherine Tiedemann co-authored the piece, "The Year of the Drone."

Amitai Etzioni, professor of international affairs and sociology at The George Washington University. His piece, "Unmanned Aircraft Systems" appears in Joint Force Quarterly.

Philip Alston, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

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