Archive for January, 2014

Grounded Post-Show Event: Jan. 23 panel discussion on America’s Drone Wars

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014


New Grounded Post-Show Event

Thursday, January 23

Panel Discussion: America’s Drone Wars

with Bob Dreyfuss (The Nation contributing editor), Sarah E. Kreps (government and law professor),and Hina Shamsi (director of the ACLU National Security Project)

moderated by investigative journalist and author Michelle Shephard

Audience members at the Thursday, January 23rd performance of Grounded are invited to join us for an exciting post-show panel conversation. Michelle Shephard, investigative journalist and author of Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone, will moderate a discussion with panelists Bob Dreyfuss (The Nation contributing editor), Sarah E. Kreps (author of the forthcoming book Drone Warfare), and Hina Shamsi (director of the ACLU National Security Project) on America’s drone wars. Our panel of experts will discuss current questions on the American military’s use of remotely piloted aircraft, a focal point of Grounded, and the issues raised by this new type of warfare.

NewHeader-Small    Bob Dreyfuss is an independent, investigative journalist based in Cape May, New Jersey, and New York City specializing in politics and national security. He is a contributing editor at The Nation, and his blog appears daily at In the past, he has written extensively for Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The American Prospect, The New Republic, and many other magazines, and he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including the PBS Newshour, Fox News, MSNBC, Democracy Now!, and many others. He has traveled widely and reported from Iran, Vietnam, China, and Tanzania. He is the author of Devil’s Game: How the United States Helped Unleash Fundamentalist Islam. He graduated from Columbia University.

Sarah E. Kreps is an assistant professor in the department of government at Cornell University and an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School. She is the author of Coalitions of Convenience: United States Military Interventions after the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2011).  She received her BA from Harvard University, her MSc from Oxford University, and her PhD from Georgetown University. Before going to graduate school, Dr. Kreps served as an acquisitions and foreign area officer in the United States Air Force.  She is the author of the forthcoming book Drone Warfare.

Hina Shamsi is director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project, which is dedicated to ensuring that U.S. counterterrorism policies and practices do not violate the Constitution or the United States’ obligations under international law. She is litigating the ACLU’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s killing of three U.S. citizens in Yemen in 2011. She has litigated numerous cases relating to post-9/11 torture, unlawful detention, discrimination against racial and religious minorities, and the freedoms of speech and association. Shamsi teaches a Columbia Law School course on international human rights, and has monitored and reported on the military commissions at Guantánamo Bay. She previously directed Human Rights First’s Law & Security Program, and also served as senior advisor to the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions.

Michelle Shephard (moderator) is an award-winning investigative journalist who has focused on issues of terrorism, security, and civil rights in the twelve years since the 9/11 attacks. Her reporting as The Toronto Star‘s national security reporter has taken her through Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan and 26 times to the U.S. Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. In Yemen, she was among the first journalists to examine and question the covert U.S. drone program. Shephard is the author of two books, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone (2011) and Guantanamo’s Child: The Untold Story of Omar Khadr (2008). She is currently producing and co-directing two documentaries on Guantanamo detainees that will be released in 2014.