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Today’s top-secret drone wars are moving warfare and international relations into the future. As the robotics revolution is poised to alter our relationship with war, here are five things to know about the drones of today and tomorrow.


ACLU criticizes killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S. citizen, calling it a ‘dangerous’ precedent

In an interview with Need to Know, the ACLU’s deputy legal director said the killing of the radical American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki set a dangerous precedent in which “U.S. citizens far from any battlefield can be executed by their own government.”


  Celeste Ward Gventer on Obama’s shift in strategy in Afghanistan

Celeste Ward Gventer, former deputy defense secretary and currently at University of Texas, discusses the president’s announcement on troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.


  Bernard Haykel: Bin Laden is dead, but jihadism lives on

The Arab world may be experiencing a revolutionary “spring,” but al Qaeda’s brand of jihadism is far from over, Princeton professor Bernard Haykel says.


  The reckoning: Assessing the economic toll of Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden is dead, but during the 10 years since he masterminded the Sept. 11 attacks, he has cost the United States billions. Need to Know looks at the economic toll bin Laden exacted on the U.S.


  Author Peter Bergen on the missteps in America’s ‘longest war’

Alison Stewart talks with author Peter Bergen about his latest book, which charts America’s prosecution of the ‘war on terror’ and al Qaeda’s continued strength as a movement.


Alex Gibney on his new Al Qaeda documentary

Alison Stewart speaks with documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney about his body of work and about his latest film, “My Trip to Al Qaeda,” based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s one-man play.

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