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Hina Shamsi, JD Biography

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

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
  • Staff Attorney, MFY Legal Services, Inc, 2004-2005
  • Litigator, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, LLP, 1998-2004
  • Former Editor-in-Chief, Journal of International Law and Business, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Education:
  • JD, cum laude, Northwestern University, 1998
  • BA, Mount Holyoke College, 1993
  • Other:
  • 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.”
  • Twitter handle: @HinaShamsi