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Reporter Discusses President’s Use of Drones to Target Terrorists

New York Times writer covers U.S. intelligence community; wrote book about his work in Moscow

Scott Shane speaks in the Martire Forum.

New York Times writer Scott Shane discussed his new book, Objective Troy: A Terrorist, a President, and the Rise of the Drone, last fall at the Martire Business & Communications Center.

Shane’s book tells the story of President Obama embracing targeted killing of suspected militants and of Anwar al-Awlaki, a once-respected American imam who joined Al Qaeda and became the first United States citizen killed by his own government since the Civil War.

Shane reports on the United States intelligence community. Prior to his work at The Times, he wrote for the Baltimore Sun from 1983-2004, and his book, Dismantling Utopia: How Information Ended the Soviet Union, reflects his work as the Sun’s Moscow correspondent from 1988-91. He is also the co-writer of a six-part explanatory series on the NSA (the first major investigation of the NSA since 1982) and the subject of his own New York Times series about his relationship with former CIA officer John Kiriakou and the reporter’s role in stories involving national security.

The Human Journey Colloquia Series sponsored Shane’s talk.


New York Times reporter and author Scott Shane talks with a student following his address.