Investigative Journalist at First Look Media's The Intercept
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
"There are many evils in the world, but extinguishing people’s lives with targeted, extra-judicial killings, when you don’t even know their names, based on 'patterns' of behavior judged from thousands of miles away, definitely ranks high on the list...
So here we have this incredibly consequential policy adopted in total secrecy by the Obama administration, one that empowers the President to secretly target people, including American citizens, for instant, due-process-free death. They have placed the policy beyond the rule of law — by insisting that it’s too secret for courts to examine — and shielded it completely from democratic debate. The only time we are permitted even to hear about it is when the President, his aides and loyalists politically exploit the corpses they create by strutting around with chest-beating, tough-guy boasting about how strong it shows Obama to be (because, really, what is more courageous, more embodying of the noble American warrior spirit, than killing people by remote-controlled video game while the killers are ensconced in secure bunkers in the U.S.?)...
[O]ne can never emphasize enough how the U.S., through the policies undertaken in the name of the Terrorist Threat, is principally responsible for sustaining and continuously increasing that threat... It’s impossible to know whether that outcome is a feature or a bug for U.S. policy makers, but what is certain is that the threat that continues to fuel impenetrable American secrecy, massive erosions of civil liberties, the proliferation of the Surveillance State, and the ongoing expansion of endless war and militarism, is the very same threat which the American National Security State — as it well knows — is primarily responsible for sustaining with its actions... [T]he policies of rampant drone slaughter — and the secrecy and radical executive power theories that shield them from legal and political scrutiny — are well entrenched, now more so than ever."
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the legal or strategic use of drone strikes; high-level military commanders; military officers with experience piloting drones; and executive-level federal government officials significantly involved in drone strikes and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founding Editor-in-Chief and Investigative Journalist, The Intercept, First Look Media, Feb. 2014-present
Investigative journalist, The Guardian, Aug. 2012-Oct. 2013