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Drone Memos: A Conversation With Jameel Jaffer

December 1, 2016

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This week, I spoke with Jameel Jaffer, inaugural director of the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University. We discussed his new book, The Drone Memos: Targeted Killing, Secrecy, and the Law, and the judicial precedents for targeted strikes and secrecy set during the Obama administration. We also talked about Jameel’s concerns for protecting civil liberties and human rights under the Trump administration. Jameel spoke about his transition from the private sector to the American Civil Liberties Union, where he worked as deputy legal director and headed the Center for Democracy, and also shared his advice for young conscientious  lawyers.

In addition to highly recommending The Drone Memos, I would also suggest reading Jameel’s excellent book, co-authored with Amrit Singh, Administration of Torture. Listen to our timely conversation, and follow Jameel on Twitter @JameelJaffer.

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Apologies to listeners for the poor sound quality of this podcast; we had some technical difficulties when recording my voice, but Jameel can still be heard loud and clear.

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