Director of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) National Security Project
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"
"Virtually no other country agrees with the US's claimed authority to secretly declare people enemies of the state and kill them and civilian bystanders far from any recognized battlefield. To date, there has been an abysmal lack of transparency and no accountability for the US government's ever-expanding targeted killing program...
It is a severe violation of human rights law as well as the laws of war for the administration to kill people that it might otherwise be able to detain... We have had a [drone] program that began under the Bush administration but was vastly expanded and accelerated by the Obama administration. This is a program in which the Executive Branch claims the authority to unilaterally declare people enemies of the state, including US citizens, and order their killing based on secret legal criteria, secret process, and secret evidence. There is no national security policy that poses a graver threat to human rights law and civil liberties than this policy today..."
"The Kill List," Up With Chris Hayes, June 3, 2012
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the legal or strategic use of drone strikes; high-level military commanders; military officers with experience piloting drones; and executive-level federal government officials significantly involved in drone strikes and related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Director, National Security Project, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), 2010-present
Lecturer in Law, Columbia University Law School, 2009-present
Senior Advisor, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions, 2009-2010
Staff Attorney, National Security Project, ACLU, 2007-2009
Deputy Director and Senior Council, Law and Security Program, Human Rights First, 2006-2007
"U.S. Government Watchlisting: Unfair Process and Devastating Consequences," aclu.org, Mar. 14, 2014
"What You Should Know About America's Secret Watchlists," aclu.org, Mar. 14, 2014
"Senate Torture Report and CIA Reply," aclu.org, Mar. 14, 2014
"Death Without Due Process," aclu.org, Mar. 3, 2014
"US Considering Targeted Killing of American," aclu.org, Feb. 10, 2014
"CIA Considers Releasing Its Torture Reports to ACLU," aclu.org, Jan. 29, 2014
"The FBI's Trojan Horse?," aclu.org, Sep. 20, 2013
"In Court Today: Challenging the Drone Killings of Three Americans," aclu.org, July 19, 2013
"ACLU Sues NYPD Over Unconstitutional Muslim Surveillance Program," aclu.org, June 18, 2013
"At Guantanamo Today: ACLU Asks Judge Not to Censor Torture Testimony," aclu.org, Oct. 15, 2012
According to the ACLU, Shamsi engages in "civil liberties and human rights litigation, research, and policy advocacy on issues including the freedoms of speech and association, torture, detention, and post-9/11 discrimination against racial and religious minorities."