Need to Know, September 14, 2012: Drones

This week's host, Scott Simon. Photo: Will O’Leary

Need to Know’s Hannah Yi travels to Pakistan to investigate the impact U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas.

Anchor Scott Simon interviews Pir Zubair Shah, a Pakistani journalist who grew up in South Waziristan and is now a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

The “American Voices” essay is by Khaled Hossein, author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns.” His topic: growing up in Afghanistan before the war years.

Read the full transcript of this week’s episode.

What’s on this week:

Drone strikes in Pakistan

Reporting from Pakistan, Need to Know investigates the impact U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas.

Interview with Pir Zubair Shah

Anchor Scott Simon interviews Pir Zubair Shah, a Pakistani journalist who grew up in South Waziristan and is now a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

American Voices: Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini, author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Sun” talks about growing up in Afghanistan before the war years.

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Comments

  • Bob

    Due to the drone strikes:

    “The terrorist can’t sleep at night.”
    “They have to dress as women and children to escape detection.”
    “They can’t use their electronic communication devices.”
    “They can’t carry on their normal lives.”

    Wow life as a terrorist or their supporters is dismal, success!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1272750643 Ron Welts

    Cry me a river …what about 911 victims…we should just nuke the whole region and be done with it!!!

  • OCTheo

    It is naive, at most disingenuous to think the drone attacks is keeping America safe. On the contrary, it is making America dangerous at home, and Americans unsafe abroad.

  • William Robards

    I have a feeling that if that guy that can’t sleep at night would do just fine if he were to receive a couple of hundred dollars settlement.

  • edie

    Another educational program on drones and the difficulty and complexity of the issue.Your excellent journalism  gives us a greater understanding of both sides of the issue. I really appreciate your informative examination of the concerns.

  • Bob mercer

    Why, in the course of this segment did Need to Know fail to describe that fact that Islamic terrorists, have always violate the Geneva Convention on identifying their fighters by uniforms and other prescribed ways to insure they can be easily recognized as such within groups of civilians and non-combatant?  Further, their special modus operandi is to hide their identities by purposely mixing with and living among noncombatants in as close proximity as possible, knowing full well that this is their ultimate defense mechanism to avoid being attacked.  They then use the fact of any noncombatant deaths what may occur when they are attacked as a propaganda tool for the gullible worldwide who are too stupid to clearly recognize this cowardly method for improving the terrorist safety and creation of their falsified”safe havens.”

    Why didn’t you ask in any of your interviews why the Taliban and Al Queada fighters don’t sequester their fighters into special forts or enclaves to segregate themselves from noncombatants, as all true arrnies of the past have done and still do today?  Why didn’t you further ask that if they didn’t sequester their fighters in such a manner, were they using this tactic purposely to involve innocent civilian casualties as a way of helping to maintain their own safety from drone attacks?

    Why didn’t your report report also include an investigation, in so far as possible, to learn how and what the drone operators were doing in their attempts to avoid civilian casualties, knowing they must contend with these cowardly strategies and tactics on the part of the terrorists?

    Finally, explain to me how you are any different than the typical reporting by the lame stream media?

  • Ezock Knelsen

    America
    has never and will never win a war that involves horses and/or camels; I challenge
    any one to wear clothing with the American flag in any Islamic country. They will
    beat to a pulp, can you blame them. There is not retribution, when 1 or 3 Americans’
    are killed we’ll hear about it but we hardly ever hear about the innocent families
    being killed and damage to their houses, how American is that, Stop the Drone attacks.

     

     

  • Marc-e-qa1

    I don’t agree one bit with this complaints, why? They just want easy money, those lawyers are not different to some lawyers in America, and you know what? it’s their own fault! How? if this terrorist that move among the population were rabid dogs, people would run from them or turn around and kill them, if this terrorists were known to carry a deadly transmittable disease, people would put them where they belong; and if you want to see it this way, this terrorists carry death wherever they are, and you know it! Let us send more drones!

  • Umair Anwar

    The Bravery Of Being Out of Range – Roger Waters
    You have a natural tendencyTo squeeze off a shotYou’re good fun at partiesYou wear the right masksYou’re old but you stillLike a laugh in the locker roomYou can’t abide changeYou’re at home on the rangeYou opened your suitcaseBehind the old workingsTo show off the magnumYou deafened the canyonA comfort a friendOnly upstaged in the endBy the Uzi machine gunDoes the recoil remind youRemind you of sexOld man what the hell you gonna kill nextOld timer, who you gonna kill nextI looked over Jordan and what did I seeSaw a U.S. Marine in a pile of debrisI swam in your poolsAnd lay under your palm treesI looked in the eyes of the IndianWho lay on the Federal Building stepsAnd through the range finder over the hillI saw the front line boys popping their pillsSick of the mess they findOn their desert stageAnd the bravery of being out of rangeYeah the question is vexedOld man what the hell you gonna kill nextOld timer who you gonna kill nextHey bartender over hereTwo more shotsAnd two more beersSir, turn up the TV soundThe war has started on the groundJust love those laser guided bombsThey’re really greatFor righting wrongsYou hit the targetAnd win the gameFrom bars 3,000 miles away3,000 miles awayWe play the gameWith the bravery of being out of rangeWe zap and maimWith the bravery of being out of rangeWe strafe the trainWith the bravery of being out of rangeWe gain terrainWith the bravery of being out of rangeWith the bravery of being out of rangeWe play the gameWith the bravery of being out of range