Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Modest Proposal: Turn October 4 Into a "Come Clean On Drones Killing" Deadline!

October 4, 2014 has been set as the date for nationwide action on the problem of drone killing and surveillance.

It seems to me that this is well timed for action vis-a-vis representatives in Congress, most of whom will face a vote on Election Day (Tuesday, November 4, 2014).

A bill currently pending in Congress -- HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act -- would require the Administration to "come clean" on the record of its drone killings.

(Lest anyone think simply getting the facts is too modest an ambition, I suggest they consider the level of determined activism that has been required to extract the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report on torture from the clutches of the government.)

In particular, there is a core of members of Congress that call themselves "progressive" -- and a handful of them have, in fact, stepped up to the plate to get this bill passed. But the majority of them are MIA on this important effort to get the facts of U.S. drone murders out in the open.

So my proposal is simple: Want to exercise practical power in the struggle to rein in the drones? Turn October 4 into a "come clean on drones killing" deadline!


Some key dates

September 21- 27 - Campaign Nonviolence Week of Action

October 4 - Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance and Killing

October 13 - 1 Year Anniversary of UN Report calling for transparency on US drone use

November 4 - Election Day


Related posts

Fall 2014 events in the movement to rein in drones have begun to be announced -- including the Global Action Day Against the Use of Drones for Surveillance and Killing -- October 4

(See Fall 2014 Events in the Movement Against Drone Killing and Surveillance )











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)?)














Numerous additional co-sponsors have joined to support the Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act. Now we need the rest of our Represenatives to step up!

(See SUPPORT the "Come Clean on Drone Killings" Act (Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act) )