Last week human rights groups confronted the Obama administration’s claims that civilians are not significantly affected by US drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. Their reports concur with a UN human rights investigator report which documented that 4-600 civilians have been killed in drone strikes over the past 10 years in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen.
The Washington Post reported that President Obama responded that, “drones would be used only against people who pose a “continuing, imminent threat” to the United States and only in cases in which the avoidance of civilian casualties would be“a near-certainty.”
And Caitlin Hayden, a White House spokeswoman, defended the administration with, “As the President emphasized, the use of lethal force, including from remotely piloted aircraft, commands the highest level of attention and care.”
Call President Obama at 202-456-1111 and your members of Congress at 202-224-3121 to say NO to US drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan. Demand that the US end the use of a “kill list” and the use of drones for extra-judicial killings.
Support Organizing Against Drones:
Come to the Anti-War Committee’s House Party: Fund Peace Not Drones! On Saturday, November 9th from 7 – 9 pm at the home of Meredith Aby-Keirstead & Anne Keirstead at 3137 44th Avenue South, Minneapolis.
We are fundraising to send Anti-War Committee members Misty Rowan and Sophia Hansen-Day to Code Pink’s Drone Summit: Killing and Spying by Remote Control in Washington, D.C. in November. Please help send these inspiring activists to represent MN and our work against drones! Appetizers and drinks will be served. Donations requested. Children are welcome. Misty is also an amazing poet and will perform some of her newest work at the party and in DC!