US drone debate may affect Australia

The use of drone warfare is being debated in the United States, and just how it plays out may have implications for Australia, Greg Dyett reports. 

A US Predator Drone. (Getty)

A US Predator Drone. (Getty)















(Transcript from World News Australia Radio)

A United States Senator claims 4,700 people have been killed by the US unmanned aerial craft, known as drones.

Republican senator Lindsey Graham is a supporter of the drone program, primarily in use by the U-S in Afghanistan and northwest Pakistan.

Senator Graham says while some innocent people have died, the program has managed to kill some senior members of al-Qaeda.

His comments come as President Obama tries to get the architect of the program, John Brennan, confirmed as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency, and as the United Nations investigates the legality of drone strikes.

Drones have proven to be effective killing machines for the United States.

Under the Obama administration, there’s been an increase in drone strikes which have killed al-Qaeda figures the US says have been plotting attacks against America.

In a recent interview with CNN, President Barack Obama reiterated his previous assurances that the secretive drone program is tightly controlled.



(Transcript from World News Australia Radio)




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