Congressman Michael Turner
120 West 3rd Street, Ste. 305
Dayton, Ohio 45402.
Dear Congressman Turner:
We are writing to ask that you:
1. Call for an end to all U.S. drone attacks and drone surveillance worldwide.
U.S. drone attacks are violating international law, national sovereignty and commonly-held standards of ethical and moral conduct. Thousands of people have been killed by U.S. drones, including at least two members of the U.S. armed forces, and tens of thousands are living in terror of drone attacks.
U.S. drone surveillance is following people in various parts of the world on a 24-7 basis, violating national sovereignty and individual and group rights to privacy, freedom of assembly and freedom from oppression.
Nations affected include: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Uganda and the Philippines.
(See Attachment A for supporting information.)
2. Send all the campaign contributions that you have received from drone makers and drone-related organizations to agencies providing aid to survivors of U.S. drone attacks.
Based on our analysis of data provided by Open Secrets.org, we estimate that you have received at least $147,525 for your 2012 run for Congress from entities doing drone-related work. We believe that your accepting campaign contributions from arms makers is a gross conflict of interest, violating basic ethical standards, particularly during a time when thousands are being killed in illegal U.S. shadow wars.
This is especially true given your positions as Chair of the Strategic Forces Subcommittee and member of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee and member of the National Security Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
(See Attachment B for supporting information.)
3. Resign from the Unmanned Systems Caucus in the U.S. Congress, a caucus that is essentially nothing more than a lobbying arm of the drone industry in the Congress.
4. Introduce legislation that will ban campaign contributions and lobbying by arms makers in the U.S. Congress.
5. Introduce legislation repealing the drone-related sections of the recently-passed FAA Reauthorization and Reform Act and the National Defense Authorization Act because these sections, taken together, expose the U.S. public to: unlimited violations of the right to privacy, intimidation of those exercising their right to peacefully assemble and to extremely serious, and possibly insoluble, safety issues.
Stephen S. Fryburg, Constituent and member of Veterans for Peace
James A. Lucas, Daytonians Against War Now
Nick Mottern, Director, 2012 Know Drones Tour, www.knowdrones.com