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Pomona Student Union Presents Panel on Drone Killings

The Pomona Student Union will present a panel of experts examining the topic of ”Screens of War: Remote Killings by Predator Drones” on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at Pomona College (Edmunds Ballroom, Smith Campus Center, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont).

Since 2004, U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan have resulted in thousands of deaths. There have been five times more drone attacks under the Obama administration than the Bush administration, yet the word “drone” appears only once in both the Republican and Democratic Party platforms. The mainstream media has devoted relatively little airtime and column space to discussing the possible implications of drone use for both U.S. foreign policy and the expansion of executive power.

The political, ethical and legal implications of current U.S. drone policies, and how the presidential election will impact future use and outcomes, will be discussed by the following panelists:

Ken Anderson is a law professor at American University whose work currently focuses on targeted killing, robotics and the law, and the laws of war. He is an editor for lawfare.com, a top legal foreign policy blog. His most recent book is Returning to Earth: What Multilateral Engagement Means in UN-US Relations (2011). He is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal, New York Times Magazine, Financial Times and Policy Review, among other publications.

David Glazier is a law professor at Loyola Law School who focuses on the law related to the war on terror. He was a research fellow at the Center for National Security Law, where he conducted research on national security, military justice and the laws of war. He served as a pro bono consultant to Human Rights First, and prior to law school served as a U.S. Navy surface warfare officer for 21 years, commanding the USS George Philip.

Shane Harris, a journalist for The Washingtonian magazine who won the 2010 Gerald Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on National Defense. The Economist named his book The Watchers as one of the best books of 2010.  The book tells the story of five men who played central roles in the creation of a vast national security apparatus and the rise of surveillance in America.

For more information, email ella.taranto@pomona.edu.