Posted on May 02, 2013 in Press Releases

Contact: Yasmine Taeb, 202-494-6395

Hill Briefing - "Drones: A Slippery Slope on Lives and Liberties" 

The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights held the first Senate hearing on drones last week, featuring a powerful and emotional testimony by Yemeni youth activist Farea Al-Muslimi. 

The Arab American Institute will be convening a briefing on this topic with Farea Al-Muslimi offering his personal perspective on the impact of drone strikes on his home village of Wessab, Yemen. Other speakers will address the civilian impact of targeted strikes and the legal framework (AUMF) underlying U.S. drone policy.

"The Constitutional lawyers can argue until they are blue in the face whether there are legal justifications for using drones," said AAI President Dr. Jim Zogby,  "and tacticians can similarly make the case for the relative ease with which this new technology can help us target and eliminate 'bad guys' without putting American lives at risk. But the consequences of using this technology are real, as are the dangers."

WHAT: Congressional Briefing on Drones: A Slippery Slope on Lives and Liberties

WHEN: Friday, May 3, 2013, 10:00am-11:30am 

WHERE: 2226 Rayburn House Office Building 



Farea Al-Muslimi: Yemeni youth activist; formerly worked with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, USAID, and Resonate! Yemen.

Jennifer Daskal: Adjunct Professor of Law and Fellow at the Center on Law and National Security at Georgetown University Law Center; formerly served as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for National Security at the Department of Justice.  

Naureen Shah: Associate Director of the Counterterrorism and Human Rights Project at the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School; co-authored the report, "The Civilian Impact of Drone Strikes;" consultant to Amnesty International USA. 

Moderator: Yasmine Taeb, 
Government Relations Manager at the Arab American Institute.


For more information, please contact Yasmine Taeb at or 202-494-6395.