Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-05) is set to host an open forum Wednesday on U.S. drone policy improvement.
Ellison has been championing Congressional oversight of unmanned U.S. aerial vehicles, or drones, and is calling to establish set legal standards for drone use based on the Geneva Conventions that establish the standards for the humanitarian treatment of war.
Ellison was prompted to write an op-ed in the Washington Post in early January after a drone reportedly killed eight people in rural Pakistan.
In the article, Ellison cites the results drones have produced, and have eliminated 22 of Al-Qaida's top 30 leaders while keeping U.S. troops out of harm's way, reducing the number of U.S. casualties. However, Ellison said critical questions must be addressed regarding ensuing drone policy, including proper targeting of terrorists, potential for children to be put in danger, and the standard of evidence used to carry out drone attacks.
The release said he will be joined by Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy and John Radsan, the Founder and Director of the National Security Forum at the William Mitchell School of Law.
Panel Discussion on U.S. Drone Policy
University of Minnesota Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) 2001 Plymouth Ave N Minneapolis, MN 55411