Transcript: Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s remarks on civilian drone strike victims – Oct. 29, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Illinois) at a congressional briefing with civilian victims of U.S. drone strikes on Oct. 29, 2013:

…I see today as an opportunity for me to listen to the first-hand testimony of the people who’ve been affected by this policy.

Last week, I met with representatives from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch – both groups have new reports that detail serious concerns with the U.S. government’s use of targeted killing.

And I feel that in my role that I’m able to follow up with the Obama administration about many of the concerns detailed in these reports and testimonies that we’ll hear today.

I agree with both organizations that we need greater transparency and disclosure about the use of targeted killings. We really haven’t had a full and open debate in the United States Congress about this new weapon of war and how it’s used. I’m going to continue to urge the administration to publicly disclose that and the legal basis for targeted strikes and to publicly clarify U.S. policy on the use of drones.

I have in the past expressed my concern about signature strikes where every adult male in the vicinity of the strike is considered a terrorist even though no names are known whatsoever. And so I think we need to have a much greater open debate about the use of drones.

So I want to thank Robert Greenwald and my colleagues for this meeting and especially for those who have come to testify about their story.

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