National Security

Examining Drone Attacks at the Institute and in the Media

February 1, 2012  • Homeland Security Program

This week, Spencer Ackerman, national security blogger and reporter at, demands the drone program be taken away from the CIA and be declassified, spurring arguments in an on-going conversation on Twitter, the mainstream media and here at the Aspen Institute.

Former National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter addressed this at the 2011 Aspen Security Forum. Watch the beginning of this clip, where he says it doesn’t matter where the strikes come from:

On Twitter:

View the story “Spencer Ackerman and Marc Ambinder Discuss Drone Attacks” on Storify

Further viewing:

Are the US-led drone attacks in Pakistan refueling the Taliban? Former Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair discusses with Lesley Stahl of CBS News, also at the 2011 Security Forum:

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