Naureen Shah, Associate Director of the Counterterrorism and Human Rights Project at Columbia Law School, discusses her article “Drone attacks and the Brennan doctrine;” US counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan’s admission that civilians are killed in drone strikes (after previously asserting “there hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities that we’ve been able to develop”); the rhetorical means of avoiding civilian casualties (simply call them terrorists); remotely killing people halfway around the world, based on information from paid informants or culturally ignorant inferences; the legality of drone warfare, and whether it even matters; and rumors of a “rendition 2.0” torture outsourcing program under Obama.
MP3 here. (24:12)
Naureen Shah is Associate Director of the Counterterrorism and Human Rights Project and Lecturer-in-Law of the Human Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School.
Naureen develops research and advocacy on human rights and counterterrorism policy, including transfer of detainees, safeguards against torture, and lethal targeting with drone technology. Since joining the Human Rights Institute in 2009, she has researched and written on emergent transnational counterterrorism practices, including diplomatic assurances, Afghan detention practices, repatriations from the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo, deportation of terrorism suspects, and targeted killings.
Naureen also conducts network building work among leading litigators, advocates, activists and scholars in the counterterrorism and human rights field, to promote collaborations and generating of innovative advocacy and research.Prior to joining Columbia, Naureen was a Leonard H. Sandler Fellow at Human Rights Watch, based in London. She is the author of the August 2009 report “Broken System: Dysfunction, Abuse, and Impunity in the Indian Police.” Prior to Human Rights Watch, Naureen worked at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on refugee appeals cases.
Naureen holds a B.S. from Northwestern University in Journalism and Gender Studies, cum laude. She holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a James Kent Scholar and Harlan Fiske Stone scholar, and received the Lowenstein Fellowship awarded to outstanding graduates pursuing public interest law. She served as Articles Editor on the Columbia Human Rights Law Review.