Thursday, June 5, 2014

Now's the time, New England! SUPPORT the "Come Clean on Drone Killings" Act (Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act)

Support for the "Come Clean on Drone Killings" bill is growing! There are now 9 co-sponsors, in addition to the original 2 sponsors -- and two of those co-sponsors are from New England:
Rep. Peter Welch [D-VT-At Large] and Rep. James P. McGovern [D-MA-2].

But people in New England could be doing much more . . . .

People nationwide who have been protesting drones are contacting their representatives to encourage support for H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act. If passed, the bill will require the Obama administration to come clean about the killings it has carried out using drones -- killings that, up until now, the administration has been able to pretend don't exist.

There's an especially strong expectation that members of the Progressive Caucus will co-sponsor the bill. (The bill was launched immediately after a letter from Progressive Caucus leaders criticized the Obama administration on drones.) Progressive Caucus members from New England -- in addition to those who are already co-sponsors -- are:

CT03 - Rosa DeLauro

MA04 - Joseph Kennedy

MA07 - Michael Capuano

ME01 - Chellie Pingree

RI01 - David Cicilline

So now's the time: write or call your member of Congress today. 

To determine what district you live in, go to

To see an example of a constituent letter, see An Open Letter to Congressman Mike Quigley on H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act 

[SEE: hub page for all Resources to SUPPORT the "Come Clean on Drone Killings" Act (Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act)]

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First Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) called the U.S. on the carpet for dodging the call from the international community to come clean about its drone killings. Then Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. So ... are we finally going to get the truth?

(See REAL Progressives Demand that the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings)

A 2013 U.N. report makes it clear that the U.S. has to report fully on all its drone attacks.

(See 2014: The Year of Transparency (for U.S. Drone Use)?)

The reason the Administration is hiding truth about drones is that they don't have a satisfactory answer for how decisions about drone strikes are made.  As we have known all along, we need the public to think about how crummy the whole drone program is, and then they will be ready to be on our side. The best way to get them really thinking is to shine a spotlight on the secrecy, evasiveness, and deceit involved in the U.S. drone program.

(See Drone Killings: Come Clean )

Friday, May 9, 2014

MIT: The Pentagon on the Charles

In an action organized by the Eastern Massaschusetts  Anti- Drone Network, representatives from Veterans for Peace, the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and other groups came to MIT on Tuesday, 5/6 to call attention to the university's complicity with lethal applications of drone technology in a demonstration themed "The Pentagon on the Charles." A full report can be heard here.
A 1/5 scale Reaper Drone replica helped to counteract the
 dissociation between the research laboratory and the realities
 resulting from that research.
Professor Subrata Ghoshroy, a research affiliate with MIT's Science, Technology, and Society program, in discussing the day's theme, hearkened back to the close ties between MIT and the Pentagon during the Vietnam War era and asked pointed questions about why the genius of an institution like MIT is still being directed to the development of weapons, especially in light of the immense environmental and infrastructure challenges faced by our nation.
Prof. Subrata Ghoshroy discusses MIT's complicity
 in drone terror.  The full video is linked here.

Nancy Murray (pictured L) discussed the "fairy tales" propagated
 by the Obama administration in the place of true transparency
 regarding the innocent people murdered by drone strikes. 

An MIT alumna who passed by the protest said: "If I had known I would be there with me the whole drone story is so cruel...from what I've heard they're actually fueling hate instead of [protecting us]'s revolting to me that anyone could accept to do that, just kill people from a room somewhere as if they're nonhuman."

Demonstrators also took the time to read the names of the many people killed around the world by U.S. drone strikes, many children and many if not most completely innocent of wrongdoing.
Bearing witness to those slaughtered by U.S. drone.

"U.S.A is the Real Terrorist."
The large group gathered on the campus caught
 the attention of many passersby.
The Spring Days of Drone Action
 continue nationwide! CLICK HERE
 for more information.