|Rep. Adam Schiff|
|Rep. Walter Jones|
[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.
[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)]
[ORIGINAL MARCH 31 POST BEGINS HERE]
|Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.)|
Now it's time for all 62 other members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus to step up to the plate.
Grijalva and Ellison's initiative creates an opportunity for all of us to demand of our progressive representatives that they, too, take a stand. It's a simple yes-or-no, no-ifs-ands-or-buts question:
"Have you signed on to the CPC co-chairs' demand
that 'our intelligence agencies provide
an annual public accounting
of the number of civilian casualties
caused by drone strikes overseas'?"
The Grijalva-Ellison demand was provoked by a series of events at the United Nations.
First, in October, 2013, a pair of long-awaited reports by the U.N. special rapporteurs on counter-terrorism and on extrajudicial executions were published. The included an unambiguous demand for a full accounting of drone killings.
This was followed by a little-publicized General Assembly vote that use of drones in counter-terrorism must comply with international law.
By early 2014, people were beginning to realize that the government was succeeding in quashing debate about its extrajudicial executions simply through its silence. A consensus began to build around the key point of pressure: the need to bear down on the U.S. government to come clean about its drone killings.
When the U.N. Human Rights council convened in March to take up the matter of the drone killings, the U.S. government had a simple solution: boycott.
And thus it was the sight of the U.S. government fleeing a U.N. convocation into human rights that provoked the call by Reps. Grijalva and Ellison. "Instead of working closely with the international community to help strengthen current international standards on the use of drones, the U.S. government decided to boycott a discussion of the draft resolution. We are troubled by the ease with which dialogue and diplomacy—values at the center of the president’s foreign policy—were cast aside in this debate," they said in their statement.
"Today’s vote highlights the need for Congress to play a larger role in overseeing and regulating the use of lethal force abroad. Requiring that our intelligence agencies provide an annual public accounting of the number of civilian casualties caused by drone strikes overseas — a measure included in the proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Intelligence Authorization Act — would be a good start," they said. (emphasis added)
Reps. Grijalva and Ellison issued their call in their capacity as co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. The clear next steps is for every other member of the CPC to join the call. This is a simple but unambiguous assertion by Congress of authority in the U.S. drone killing program, and it is vital that there be unanimous support by the CPC.
Please look at the list below and write personally to the member who represents you. Now is the time for us to insist on public statements from every member of Congress that they unreservedly support the call for the U.S. to come clean about its drone killings.
And if you live in Arizona or Minnesota . . . you have a thank you note to send.
(PS - Raul Grijalva is now a -- CO-SPONSOR of HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act)
Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus
(note: may of these members signed the May 10, 2012 letter to President Obama calling for drones transparency - 5/10/2012 letter)
CA02 - Jared Huffman @RepHuffman
CA11 - George Miller @askgeorge (5/10/2012 letter)
CA13 - Barbara Lee @RepBarbaraLee (5/10/2012 letter) - Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Peace and Security Task Force. See "Rep. Lee Demands Administration’s Full Response on Drones" March 11, 2013 -- CO-SPONSOR! HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act
CA17 - Michael Honda @RepMikeHonda (5/10/2012 letter)
CA20 - Sam Farr @RepSamFarr
CA27 - Judy Chu @RepJudyChu
CA34 - Xavier Becerra @RepBecerra
CA37 - Karen Bass @RepKarenBass
CA40 - Lucille Roybal-Allard @RepRoybalAllard
CA41 - Mark Takano @RepMarkTakano
CA43 - Maxine Waters @MaxineWaters
CA44 - Janice Hahn @Rep_JaniceHahn
CA47 - Alan Lowenthal @RepLowenthal -- CO-SPONSOR! HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act
CO02 - Jared Polis @RepJaredPolis
CT03 - Rosa DeLauro @rosadelauro
DC00 - Eleanor Norton @EleanorNorton
FL05 - Corrine Brown @RepCorrineBrown
FL09 - Alan Grayson @AlanGrayson - "Come Clean on Deadly Drone Activities," March 27, 2014 in the Huffington Post
FL22 - Lois Frankel @RepLoisFrankel
FL24 - Frederica Wilson @RepWilson
GA04 - Henry Johnson @RepHankJohnson (5/10/2012 letter)
GA05 - John Lewis @repjohnlewis (5/10/2012 letter)
IA02 - David Loebsack @daveloebsack
IL04 - Luis Gutierrez @RepGutierrez (5/10/2012 letter)
IL07 - Danny Davis @RepDannyDavis
IL09 - Jan Schakowsky @janschakowsky Offered an unsuccessful amendment in late 2013 that would have banned signature strikes.
IN07 - André Carson @RepAndreCarson
MA02 - James McGovern @RepMcGovern (5/10/2012 letter) -- CO-SPONSOR! HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act
MA04 - Joseph Kennedy @RepJoeKennedy
MA07 - Michael Capuano @mikecapuano
MD04 - Donna Edwards @repdonnaedwards (5/10/2012 letter)
MD07 - Elijah Cummings @RepCummings
ME01 - Chellie Pingree @chelliepingree
MI13 - John Conyers @repjohnconyers (5/10/2012 letter)
MN08 - Richard Nolan @USRepRickNolan
MO05 - Emanuel Cleaver @repcleaver
MS02 - Bennie Thompson @HomelandDems
NJ06 - Frank Pallone @FrankPallone
NJ12 - Rush Holt @RushHolt (5/10/2012 letter) - MSNBC, October 28, 2013: "Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J., argues that no matter the safeguards the U.S. drone program is loosely managed and needs greater oversight."
NV04 - Steven Horsford @RepHorsford
NY07 - Nydia Velázquez @NydiaVelazquez
NY08 - Hakeem Jeffries @RepJeffries
NY09 - Yvette Clarke @YvetteClarke (5/10/2012 letter)
NY10 - Jerrold Nadler @RepJerryNadler (5/10/2012 letter) - Watch Rep. Nadler on drones during a February, 2013, committee hearing.
NY12 - Carolyn Maloney @RepMaloney
NY13 - Charles Rangel @cbrangel (5/10/2012 letter)
NY15 - José Serrano @RepJoseSerrano
NY25 - Louise Slaughter @louiseslaughter
OH11 - Marcia Fudge @RepMarciaFudge
OR01 - Suzanne Bonamici @RepBonamici
OR04 - Peter DeFazio @RepPeterDeFazio (5/10/2012 letter) - CO-SPONSOR! HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act
PA02 - Chaka Fattah @chakafattah
PA17 - Matt Cartwright @RepCartwright
RI01 - David Cicilline @davidcicilline
TN09 - Steve Cohen @RepCohen
TX18 - Sheila Jackson Lee @JacksonLeeTX18
TX30 - Eddie Johnson @RepEBJ
VA08 - James Moran @Jim_Moran
VI00 - Donna Christensen @DelegateDonna
VT00 - Peter Welch @PeterWelch (5/10/2012 letter) - July 12, 2013Welch introduces legislation to limit domestic drones, protect privacy -- CO-SPONSOR! HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act
WA07 - Jim McDermott @RepJimMcDermott (5/10/2012 letter) -- CO-SPONSOR! HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act
WI02 - Mark Pocan @MarkPocan
WI04 - Gwen Moore @RepGwenMoore
(See 2014: The Year of Transparency (for U.S. Drone Use)?)
(See Drone Killings: Come Clean )
(See Will the 2014 Midterms be a Referendum on Obama's Surveillance, Secrecy, and Assassinations?)