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
Wisconsin Congressional Delegation
(Members of the Progressive Caucus are presumed to lean in favor of the bill and are marked Progressive Caucus.)
WI01 – Paul Ryan – (202) 225-3031 email
WI02 – Mark Pocan – 202-225-2906 email (Progressive Caucus)
WI03 – Ron Kind – 202) 225-5506 email
WI04 – Gwen Moore – (202) 225-4572 email (Progressive Caucus)
WI05 – James Sensenbrenner – (202) 225-5101 email
WI06 – Thomas Petri – (202) 225-2476 email
WI07 – Sean Duffy – (202) 225-3365 email
WI08 – Reid Ribble – (202) 225-5665 email
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 )