A bill currently pending in Congress would require the administration to come clean about the killings it is carrying out with drones around the world.
The bill — the HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act — stems from a letter issued by the leaders of the Progressive Caucus several months ago. The bill is authored by Rep. Adam Schiff, of California, and to date, ten (10) other progressive representatives have stepped up to co-sponsor the bill.
But some members of Congress have been slow to get on board. Notably absent are the members of the Progressive Caucus from New York State:
NY07 – Nydia Velázquez @NydiaVelazquez
NY08 – Hakeem Jeffries @RepJeffries
NY09 – Yvette Clarke @YvetteClarke
NY10 – Jerrold Nadler @RepJerryNadler
NY12 – Carolyn Maloney @RepMaloney
NY13 – Charles Rangel @cbrangel
NY15 – José Serrano @RepJoseSerrano
NY25 – Louise Slaughter @louiseslaughter
This is mystifying in part because several of these same members of Congress (Clarke, Nadler, Rangel) were signatories to one of the first letters to the President demanding answers about the drone killing program, back in May, 2012.
Most notably M.I.A. is Rep. Nadler: watch Rep. Nadler on drones during a February, 2013, committee hearing. Why hasn’t he become a co-sponsor of the bill?
To compound the mystery, while New York’s congressional delegation sits in silence, ordinary citizens of New York have have been engaged in a sustained struggle to publicize the truth about the drone killings, bring about their cessation, and bring the killers to justice.
Particularly painful is the fact that the government is putting on a series of show trials to quash dissent by citizen activists in New York State, pitting itself against their First Amendment rights, at the very moment that the people’s elected representatives are abdicating their responsibility to speak out and take action.
So: who — really — is doing the work of the people in New York State?