SUPPORT the “Come Clean on Drone Killings” Act: Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act

by Joe Scarry

Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) have now submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. See Natasha Lennard, “New Bill Aims for Drone Transparency,” and Thomas Earnest, “Representatives Schiff and Jones Introduce Bill to Increase Transparency in U.S. Drone Program.”

See also Joint Statement in Support of The Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act by Amnesty International, Arab American Institute, Center for Civilians in Conflict, Center for Constitutional Rights, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Global Justice Clinic, NYU School of Law, Human Rights First, Human Rights Watch, National Security Network, Open Society Policy Center, Peace Action West, Reprieve, and Win Without War.
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Heck, Why Not Just Make it the 51st State?

hubrisn. Overbearing pride or presumption

First the US government decides it gets to run Iran’s nuclear power program.

Now the US government claims veto power over Iran’s appointment of an ambassador to the United Nations.

Next week: US John Kerry flies to Iran to cut the meat on Ali Hosseini Khamenei’s plate and make sure he eats his vegetables.

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Illinois, Write or Call Your Member of Congress Today: Make the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings

by Joe Scarry

Today, people in Illinois protesting drones are contacting their representatives to encourage support for H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act.

For example: see An Open Letter to Congressman Mike Quigley on H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act . Mike Quigley representatives the 5th Congressional district, on the north side of Chicago.

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.

So now’s the time: write or call your member of Congress today.  
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Wisconsin, Write or Call Your Member of Congress Today: Make the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings

by Joe Scarry

Wisconsin has been a hotbed of in-the-streets vigils, marchs, die-ins, and other protests against drone killings — as can clearly be seen in the posts on this blog.

Today, people 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.

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

To determine what district you live in, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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 

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New York, Write or Call Your Member of Congress Today: Make the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings

by Joe Scarry

For years, New York State has been a center for protesting the immoral and illegal U.S. policy of using drones to carry out targeted killings.

Today, people 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.

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

To determine what district you live in, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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 
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California, Write or Call Your Member of Congress Today: Make the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings

by Joe Scarry

In the past, we’ve noted on this site that California’s congressional delegation includes a lot of adherents to the drones caucus. (See California Congressional Delegation: Drones ‘R’ Us!)

But today, people 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.

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

To determine what district you live in, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

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 
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An Open Letter to Congressman Mike Quigley on H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act

by Joe Scarry

Rep. Mike Quigley
Illinois 5th Congressional District


Dear Congressman Quigley,

We have met and communicated frequently in recent years, particularly with respect to U.S. military actions, and I am grateful for your attention to my concerns as a constituent.

As you know, I have worked with others around the country over the past several years to raise awareness about U.S. drone killings and to build support for bringing those killings to an end.  I have written frequently in my own blog about drones, as well as worked with others inIllinoisWisconsinOhioMichiganIowaMissouriTexasFloridaNorth CarolinaVirginia,MarylandPennsylvaniaNew JerseyNew York, the New England states, WashingtonCalifornia,Arizona, and New Mexico, as well as other states, to build a national network and a critical mass to stop drone killing. 

Over this same period, there have been several indications from Congress that it is concerned about U.S. drone killings.  Finally, in recent weeks, a bill has been introduced to force the administration to come clean about its drone killings: H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act.
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