Friday, June 1, 2012

Join CIVIC, Amnesty International in Opposing Drone Strikes that Kill Civilians

This week, the New York Times reported that the U.S. government has declared by fiat that it will count any "military-age male" killed by a U.S. drone strike as a "combatant" unless it is proved otherwise. That helps explain how U.S. officials could claim that few "civilians" have been killed by U.S. drone strikes.

Reps. Dennis Kucinich and John Conyers are circulating a Congressional letter to President Obama, pressing the Administration to communicate with Congress about U.S. policy on drone strikes, particularly concerning civilian casualties and so-called "signature strikes" against unknown people. The Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict, Amnesty International and other groups are pressing the Administration on the same demands. Pressing the Administration to speak honestly and openly with Congress and the American people about its drone strike policy is the first step to stopping the U.S. from killing and harming civilians with drone strikes.

Join me in urging your Representative to sign the Kucinich-Conyers letter demanding transparency in the drone strike policy.


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