1. The very interesting question that has arisen as the U.S. has pioneered this technology is: What happens when the Russians, say, send an armed drone into Georgia to the south claiming that there’s a Chechen terrorist that’s hiding in Georgia? And they have no other way to kill him and so they’re going to kill him with a drone missile?

    "It’s going to be a very interesting moment internationally and for the United States, because the Obama administration — if that’s who’s in power — is going to have to say, ‘We accept this because they’re doing exactly what we do,’ or they’ll have to somehow make a distinction between what the Chinese or Russians are doing and what we’ve done in the past.

    — New York Times national security correspondent Scott Shane tells Terry Gross what would it mean if countries not allied with the United States had their own drone programs.

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  1. New York Times reporter Scott Shane tells Terry Gross about the Obama administration’s justification of the President’s personal approval of the names on the kill list:

I don’t think it’s that [President Obama is] blood thirsty and really enjoys trying to put people’s names on lists to be killed. I think there’s a certain wariness — probably a proper wariness — that any president would have towards agencies. Agencies kind of want to do what they’re good at doing, or what they’re job is. So certainly, according to what we’ve heard, both the CIA and … the element of the military that does these strikes, are pretty aggressive. They want to find targets and kill them, and so I think the role of the White House …. was really one of restraining the agencies, double-checking the agencies, making sure that — at this sort of broader strategic, political level — there was good judgment being exercised…

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    New York Times reporter Scott Shane tells Terry Gross about the Obama administration’s justification of the President’s personal approval of the names on the kill list:

    I don’t think it’s that [President Obama is] blood thirsty and really enjoys trying to put people’s names on lists to be killed. I think there’s a certain wariness — probably a proper wariness — that any president would have towards agencies. Agencies kind of want to do what they’re good at doing, or what they’re job is. So certainly, according to what we’ve heard, both the CIA and … the element of the military that does these strikes, are pretty aggressive. They want to find targets and kill them, and so I think the role of the White House …. was really one of restraining the agencies, double-checking the agencies, making sure that — at this sort of broader strategic, political level — there was good judgment being exercised…

    Image by photoranger54 via Flickr

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  1. He has turned the corner from being merely a person who encouraged and incited terrorism to someone who has an operational role in plotting attacks.

    — In May 2010, New York Times reporter Scott Shane came on Fresh Air to discuss the American-Yemeni Islamic cleric Imam Anwar al-Awlaki. Today it was reported that al-Awlaki was killed in Yemen. [More updates from NPR’s Two-Way blog]  

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