Hinckley Institute Radio Hour: U.S. National Security & Morality

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People protesting U.S. drone attacks in Multan, Pakistan, Feb. 2012. photo credit: Mk Chaudhry / EPA

The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour (Air date: June 11, 2014) – In recent years different speakers at the Hinckley Institute have contributed to a discourse on current U.S. national security, the justification or morality of the U.S. drone policy, and the long-term consequences of American security actions. This program highlights some of the complex moral decisions behind U.S. national security actions abroad through the critiques of three speakers.

Dr. Amos Guiora is a professor of law at the University of Utah. He has written extensively about terrorism law, religious extremism, and the U.S. drone policy.  Guiora served as officer with the Israel Defense Forces for nearly two decades.  In 2012 he spoke about his experiences making targeted killing decisions as a legal advisor to the Gaza Strip for the Israel Defense Forces.

Alan Nairn is an award winning investigative journalist who has reported on various conflicts overseas, including in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Indonesia.  Nairn has been a vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy for backing repressive regimes, and he spoke at the Hinckley Institute about the moral problems he sees with the U.S. drone policy.

Ann Wright is a former U.S. Army and Army Reserves colonel and U.S. diplomat.  She served as a diplomat in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.  She resigned from the State Department in March 2003 in opposition to the Iraq War. She has since been vocal critic of U.S. foreign policy. She spoke about recovering from 9/11 and the lessons learned from America’s conflict in Vietnam.

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