The Lawfare Podcast

Lawfare Podcast Episode #19: A Drunken Predator Visits Brookings

By Benjamin Wittes
Monday, August 27, 2012, 1:39 PM

Last month, I linked to an essay over at Foreign Policy by the mysterious Twitter phenom known as @drunkenpredator. Drunken Predator, who also blogs occasionally over at the Gunpowder and Lead blog is a pseudonym for a writer who—often comically—writes about serious issues thoughtfully and insightfully. His Twitter bio describes him as an "Unmanned Alcoholic Vehicle, keeping the world safe for . . . well . . . not really keeping it safe, per se." And I don't suppose I should give out more information than that.  After I read his article, he and I had a Twitter exchange, during which I invited him to do an episode of the Lawfare Podcast. He graciously agreed and we met last week in a hangar here at Brookings to discuss the many human foibles that drive him to excessive alcohol consumption, the reality of UAVs in our present and future, and how a Predator drone came to have a Twitter account.

And no, we did not alter his voice in any way. That is absolutely positively what he sounds like.