Campaign Bulletin #6; March 15, 2014
By Nick Mottern
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TIME SENSITIVE ALERT:
Due to a technical problem, the bulletin is going out a day late.
Below is a list of the subjects covered in this week’s bulletin. Items 2 and 3 are very time sensitive, so please read them right away and respond as you see fit. I apologize for the delay.
1. ACTION REPORTS
2. SIGN ON THIS DRONE WAR CRIMES CHALLENGE
3. PLEASE ENDORSE THE PRE-BOYCOTT LETTER TO HONEYWELL
4. IDEAS AND PLANS FOR ACTION
5. POST YOUR EVENTS / CALENDAR NOW WORKING
6. KICK-OFF FORUM APRIL 2
Films (including free T-shirts and posters)
Op-ed by Ed Kinane
8. NO RESPONSE ON MEDEA ASSAULT
- CIA - Langley
Last Saturday, as shown above, anti-drone war protesters from Northern Virginians for Peace and Justice, Pax Christi Metro DC/Baltimore, Dorothy Day, Langley Hill Friends Meeting and students from Loyola College and local high schools gathered at the main entrance of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia for their 16th consecutive monthly witness, which started November, 2012.
At the location pictured above, six people – Joy First, Malachy Kilbride, Max Obuszewski, Phil Runkel, Janice Sevre-Duszynska and Cindy Sheehan - were arrested in June 2013 in a counter drone protest organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR). Five were tried, found guilty and lost an appeal in February in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. (Cindy Sheehan pled guilty and was not tired.) See: http://www.knowdrones.com/civil-resistance.html
Now the five are appealing to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the court one step below the Supreme Court, handling their own case with the some legal advice. Max believes this is the highest court level any anti-drone war protest has been taken, which is particularly impressive given this is being done by the protesters themselves. He asks for financial help, given the costs of filing papers, among others. See Attachment A for details. Note: Max will be glad to share all the filings and other paperwork that has been prepared for this case: email@example.com
For more photos of last Saturday’s Langley protest by Ted Majdosz, who has covered many anti-war actions, see: http://photobyted.smugmug.com/Category/Drone-Protest-CIA-314/i-sccHtwh
- Creech and Nellis AFBs
Members of the Pacific Life Community witness on March 8 at Nellis AFB near Las Vegas.
Photo by Jack Cohen-Joppa.
Felice Cohen-Joppa, co-editor with her husband Jack of the Nuclear Resister
http://nuclearresister.org, sends this report of protests last week at drone operations centers Creech and Nellis AFBs and at the national nuclear test site:
“Fifty activists of all ages from throughout the western U.S. came together March 7-10 in Las Vegas for the Pacific Life Community gathering. In addition to having discussion, speakers, reflection, meals, singing and prayer at the Las Vegas Catholic Worker house, the group rose early each morning to protest drone warfare and nuclear weapons at different sites: Creech Air Force Base on March 8, Nellis Air Force Base on March 9 and the Nevada nuclear test site/National Security Site and the Department of Energy’s National Security Administration building in Las Vegas on March 10. Thirty-four of them entered the Nevada Test Site/National Security Site and were arrested in an act of nonviolent civil disobedience.”
- Hancock Air Base / Syracuse
On Thursday night at least six protesters who have been arrested at Hancock Air Base, a drone control center just outside Syracuse, NY, were given trial dates ranging from May through July, and there may be one trial in April. The court situation for the protesters is extremely complex; I hope to have a more complete, clear report by next week.
Ann Tiffany, who was in court Thursday, reported that DeWitt Town Judge David Gideon said that all of the April 28 civil resistance trials with juries will be different from the previous trials. The charges for these trials include a misdemeanor charge, which carries a potential penalty of a year in jail. Therefore a jury will be present and determine the guilt or innocence of the defendants. International law, allowed to be discussed at length by the defendants in the previous trial, will not be allowed in the trials by jury. The judge also commented that the audience will be kept under control at all times...specifically no clapping will be allowed. Let it be noted that in previous sentencing, Judge Gideon did not consider international law.
- York College
Last Tuesday, World Can’t Wait showed a film series at York College, a campus of the City University of New York in Jamaica, Queens that included the anti-drone war films Wounds of Waziristan and Unmanned (different from the Robert Greenwald film, see Film Resources below). The series, which also included Outside the Law: Stories of Guantanamo, was intended, saysWCW Director Debra Sweet said “to counter the heavy influence of military recruiters and a new ROTC program.” Her report appears in Attachment B.
Joy First is asking that you endorse the letter (Attachment C) that will be sent this coming Monday, Mar. 17 to Dana Boente, Acting U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, seeking war crimes indictments against President Obama, CIA Director John Brennan and other officials for U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia and other countries. Send your name, any organizational affiliation you want listed and your city, right away to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joy gives this background:
“You may remember that members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) brought a criminal complaint to the office of the U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride in Alexandria, VA last May and had a 40- minute meeting with Assistant US Attorney Eugene Rossi. This office has jurisdiction over land where the CIA is located. The complaint called for a criminal investigation into war crimes that are being perpetrated at the CIA through the use of killer drones.
“Though we have been ignored, the new ( Acting) U.S. Attorney Dana Boente and Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugene Rossi are concerned enough about what we are doing that they showed up in the courtroom and sat through our appeal for a conviction after being arrested at the CIA last June.”
Representatives of NCNR plan to visit Mr. Boente’s office at 11:00 a.m. on Mar. 25 to follow up on the letter being sent this week. All are invited.
Please direct similar action to the U.S. Attorney in your area and send out word when you do.
As noted in previous bulletins, plans are underway to boycott Honeywell Corp. products because the company supplies the engines for the MQ-9 Reaper drone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxWW8rm-GmI as well as certain navigational equipment. Honeywell also makes a small surveillance drone http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNBZjL0tKLY
Attachment D is a letter to David Cote, Honeywell Chairman and CEO, asking that the company stop providing the Reaper engines, parts and other support and the navigational equipment and that it stop any activity related to weaponized drones and drone surveillance.
Honeywell will almost certainly reject this request, but it is essential to make the request before calling for a boycott of Honeywell products.
The letter will be sent to Honeywell on Mar. 19, so please send your endorsement as soon as possible, including any affiliation you want to list and your hometown, to: email@example.com
The minutes for this week’s conference call give more event ideas and plans and a request for any statements that have been issued by Quaker meetings in opposition to U.S. drone attacks.
David Sladky – St. Louis
David and another member of Veterans for Peace are taking a drone replica Des Moines this weekend in support of the protest against the opening of a drone control center at the National Guard air base there. On Mar. 20, he will do drone tabling at a showing of Dirty Wars at Webster University in St. Louis; on Mar. 26 he will be at a showing of the Invisible War at the Meramec Campus of St. Louis Community College.
He will be taking the replica to the Earth Day event in St. Louis and to the Pride Fest and Garlic Fest. In mid-April, he will be going to a drone protest planned for Whiteman AFB.
Timothy Baer – Bloomington
Timothy reported that he now has a drone replica in Bloomington and that he will be showing Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars on Mar. 20; he also has set drone vigils for Bloomington’s Court House Square on Apr. 2 and May 7. Details can be found at: http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1170/p/salsa/event/common/public/index.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=708
He said also that he appreciated having the Drone Control Act (See below); Timothy helped in drafting the Act.
Max Obuszewski – Baltimore
Max said that on Mar. 25, he and others associated with NCNR are going to the office of Dana Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia with their request that he take the necessary steps to prosecute President Obama, John Brennan and others for war crimes associated with U.S. drone attacks.
Max said also that he and other drone protesters, who were arrested and convicted for trespassing at CIA headquarters in June 2013, are appealing their convictions to the Fourth Circuit court of appeals. ( See more on this in the Action section above.)
Max also reported that the Human Rights Working Group, a student organization that has been very active in opposing the drone research being done at Johns Hopkins University is getting reenergized. Cornel West will be speaking on campus on Mar. 25, and on April 1 there will be a debate on privacy and surveillance between Georgetown University law professor David Cole and Gen. Michael Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA.
Max noted that every Tuesday Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore holds a vigil condemning Johns Hopkins’ “swarming” drone research from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at 33rd and N. Charles Street in Baltimore. To get involved you can call Max at (410) 366-1637 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org (“Swarming” refers to a technology that enable drones to communicate with each other and act as a swarm of bees. While the linked article speaks of swarming for surveillance, it appears swarming could be used with armed drones as well.
Joan Nicholson – Kennett Square, PA
As reported in last week’s bulletin, Joan does a daily peace vigil on Route 1, near her home, and she said that since the “firestorm” of attention on the Ukraine and Crimea, it seems there are more motorists honking support for her message.
Responding to Max’s report about the appeal of the CIA protest convictions that she and others are appealing their convictions resulting from a protest at the confirmation hearings of John Brennan in February 2013.
Joan said she has had no success in getting Friends (Quaker) Meetings in her area to join in opposing drone warfare, particularly with respect to plans to establish a drone control center in nearby Horsham. She is looking for statements from Quaker meetings opposing drone war. She has one example from a Meeting in California, but she needs more. email@example.com
Please remember to post the events you have planned from now until the end of May at:
http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1170/p/salsa/event/common/public/create.sjs?distributed_event_KEY=708 This is critical in giving us all a picture of the scope of activity that is getting underway and to encourage others to join us.
To see a calendar of posted events, and the location of the events, go to:
Thanks to Lina Thorne of World Can’t Wait and Enrico Rodriguez of KnowDrones.org for getting the calendar link working.
A forum to help launch the Spring Days of Drone Action – 2014 will be held Wednesday, April 2 from 7 – 8:30 pm at the Community Church, 40 E. 35th Street in New York City. Speakers will include:
- Maria LaHood
Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights. Specializes in international human rights litigation, seeking to government officials and corporations accountable for torture, extrajudicial killings, and war crimes abroad.
- Madiha Tahir
Film-maker - Wounds of Waziristan. An independentjournalist reporting on conflict, culture and in Pakistan, she has followed the U.S. drone attacks there for years.
- Carl Dix
Viet Nam War Resister, representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party. A leader of protests against police brutality, stop-and-frisk, and co-founder with Cornel West, of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network.
A representative of the Granny Peace Brigade will speak about the campaign for passage of no-drones legislation for New York City.
The forum will be broadcast live via international webcast thanks to Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait, and thanks to her too for organizing the forum. For information: 866-973-4463.
Timothy Molina, Outreach Director with Brave New Films, the maker of Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, invites anyone hosting a screening for the film to be in touch with him for DVD’s of the film as well as T-shirts and posters: firstname.lastname@example.org
He asks that you to post your showings of Unmanned here, where you can see other showings being planned worldwide: http://unmanned.warcosts.com/host_a_screening In the next few weeks, we should have information that will enable coordinating screenings of Unmanned with screenings in Pakistan.
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait recommends, Unmanned, a 20-minute feature film directed by Casey Cooper Johnson, a fictional account of a drone operator who comes to question his role. “It’s well written and acted,” says Debra, “and very suitable for high school audiences.”
If you'd like a DVD for non-commercial use, please email email@example.com
I have received a number of requests for information on how to get copies of Wounds of Waziristan, the powerful 28-minute documentary by Madiha Tahir that shows what U.S. drone strikes are doing Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, and here is a link:
Here is an Op-Ed by Ed Kinane that is excellent in explaining basics about drone war to people who are new to the subject.
I called the following phone numbers this week to find out whether the State Department or the Egyptian government have investigated the assault of Medea Benjamin in Cairo two weeks ago and her detention and deportation.
- State Department: (202) 647-4680;
- The Egyptian Embassy: (202) 895-5400.
After being shunted to several dead ends in the State Department, and through the help of a sympathetic, responsible secretary, I received this email:
To follow up with your call regarding the Medea Benjamin case, we have nothing further at this time to what has already been said by Spokesperson Jen Psaki during our Daily Press Briefings. These can be viewed/read on our website at http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/index.htm.
Katherine Pfaff • Office of Press Relations • Bureau of Public Affairs • U.S. Department of State
2201 C St, NW Rm 2109, Washington, DC 20520 | 202.647.2492|
A press aide at the Egyptian Embassy forwarded my information request to Press Attache Dina Sweillam, but I received no response.
I suggest that those who can persist in calling the State Department and the Egyptian Embassy.
A Report on the CIA Five Appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit – Max Obuszewski
On February 21, 2014 members of the CIA Five appealed their trespass conviction to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
On Friday February 7, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, oral arguments were made to overturn our conviction from an arrest at a vigil against drones at the CIA on June 29, 2013 when about 50 people rallied at the gates in Langley, VA.
(At the rally) six members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance walked to the police line and attempted to deliver a letter to CIA Director John Brennan, trying to set up a meeting to talk about the drone assassination program. After being denied a meeting and engaging in street theater Malachy Kilbride, Max Obuszewski, Phil Runkel, Janice Sevre-Duszynska, Cindy Sheehan, and Joy First were arrested and charged with trespass. Five of us went to trial on October 22, 2013 and were found guilty (Cindy was not able to join us and pled guilty).
There were many reasons to continue to appeal, but some of the prominent reasons will follow.
At our trial on October 22, 2013 in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, Judge Ivan Davis denied us a defense and would not allow us to enter into evidence the letter sent to CIA Director John Brennan, and presented to a CIA representative on June 29, 2013 before our arrest, seeking a meeting to end the killer drone assassination program. Davis also denied our request for additional discovery and would not permit us to argue our intent, which was not criminal. After appealing our trial court conviction, we argued at an appeals hearing on February 7, 2014 that Judge T. S. Ellis should overturn our convictions. He ignored our arguments and did not seem to have read our brief. In response to our appeals brief, Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacy Chaffin filed an insufficient legal document. For example, she claimed in her brief that my intent at the CIA was to get arrested, while at the trial she objected to any attempt to argue our intent for being at the CIA. Nevertheless, Ellis refused to overturn.
Finally, another reason to appeal Ellis’ decision would be to continue to challenge the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Besides our arrest at the CIA, we have made several overtures to the office of the U.S Attorney. For example, we filed a criminal complaint against the CIA’s blatantly illegal assassination program. The previous U.S. Attorney, Neil MacBride, failed to act on the criminal complaint. His replacement, Dana Boente, has also failed to take action.
In response to filing an appeal to the 4th Circuit, we were notified to file an informal opening brief on March 24, 2014. We will request a delay in order to seek the assistance of an attorney, and, if we are unsuccessful, we will need significant time to do extensive legal research before submitting the requested brief. Will Boente consider the worthiness of taking this matter to the Fourth Circuit, which is one step below the U.S. Supreme Court? Does he want to expend the energy and effort on a legal tangle with five pro se appellants? This remains to be seen.
We have requested a transcript from the February 7 oral arguments. Should this appeal proceed, there will be additional costs, especially if we retain an attorney. You will be kept informed of developments.
Donations are most welcome in this effort to keep the legal spotlight on the CIA’s assassination program. Just to file an appeal, the cost was $2,525. These National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR] activists are a determined bunch.
Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-366-1637; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can’t Wait, reports on a March 11, 2014 visit to York College in New York City.
In cooperation with a professor of psychology at York College, a CUNY campus in Jamaica, Queens, NY, World Can't Wait set up a film series to counter the heavy influence of military recruiters, and a new ROTC program. The series was open to the campus community, from 12-2 pm, beginning with Outside
the Law: Stories of Guantanamo, a film by Andy Worthington. A dozen students came, most African American, or Afro-Caribbean, including several military veterans. There was no sound in among them as the film played, and several women were crying as Omar Deghayes closed the film by talking about the loss of time with his baby son as being worse than the wounds to his body by torture. The discussion, over why the U.S. is detaining men in Guantanamo, even though most have been cleared for release, and what the U.S. "war on terror," was about, went overtime. A veteran argued that yes, the actions
of the U.S. were bad, but that bringing Black officers into the services could stop the human rights abuses. Other black students disagreed, with the majority feeling that the U.S. “has no business going into other countries at all.”
The second showing was two short films. We began with Wounds of Waziristan, a film by Madia Tahir, subtitled, “A documentary film about the people directly affected by drone attacks in Pakistan, in their own words.” Again, students cried at the testimony of people who asked why their family members had been killed so horribly. Secondly, we showed a short feature film by Casey Cooper Johnson, Unmanned, which dramatizes the dilemma of a young drone operator in the southwest who "keeps our troops safe," yet agonizes over vaporizing targets in Afghanistan who could just be playing soccer.
That combination of films was excellent for bringing the voices of victims, and the process of drone targeting, right before the students. This time there were students from South Asia, China, as well as African American and West Indian students. A man born in India, said "I'm just a typical American. I didn't know a thing about this. Why didn't I?" An Army veteran pulled up stories of drone strikes on his I-pad, and said he faults Americans for not following the news. But who writes the news, when reporters can only be in war zones if they embed with U.S. troops?
Both of these groups of students thanked us for bringing the films, and some are now in touch with the movement to stop drones & indefinite detention.
March 14, 2014
Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia,
United States Attorney’s Office
2100 Jamieson Ave,
Alexandria, VA 22314
Dear Mr. Boente,
We the undersigned citizens hereby petition the U.S Attorney in Fairfax County under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, to wit, we are bringing a criminal complaint requesting a war crimes indictment against President Barack Obama, CIA Director John Brennan, and other government personnel for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) which are used for extrajudicial and illegal purposes, causing the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and other places around the world.
On May 21, 2013 we delivered the same complaint to Mr. Neil McBride who was at that time the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. Though we were able to meet with Assistant US Attorney Eugene Rossi, our complaint was ignored and there was not any follow-up, and so we must come again - to you this time.
A crime is being committed by our government. The killer drone strikes are NOT the actions of a responsible government. Such actions are terrorizing citizens in a number of countries. In these communities children can’t be children because they must deal with the whirring sounds of Predator and Reaper drones as they hover overhead. Imagine the fright caused by this terror.
We ask you to please accept this complaint and take appropriate action against these war crimes. You cannot continue to ignore what is happening when you know that people are dying and war crimes are being committed. We will stop by your office on March 25 at 11:00 am to discuss this further.
Members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
WAR CRIMES INDICTMENT
When an individual becomes a public servant, serving in a government position, he or she publicly promises to uphold the United States Constitution. The US Constitution states:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
This clause is known as the Supremacy Clause because it provides that the Constitution and laws of the U.S., including treaties made under authority of the U.S. shall be supreme law of the land.
The Supremacy Clause provides part of the Supreme Law of the Land.
One Treaty duly ratified by the U.S. is the United Nations Charter. It was ratified by a vote of 89 to 2 in the U.S. Senate, and signed by the President in 1945. It remains in effect today. As such, it is part of the supreme law of the land.
The Preamble of the U.N. Charter states that its purpose is to “save future generations from the scourge of war” and it further states, “all nations shall refrain from the use of force against another nation.”
This Treaty applies both collectively and individually to all three branches of government, on all levels, U.S. federal, state and local governments, starting with the executive branch: the U.S. President and the executive staff; the judicial branch: all judges and staff members of the judiciary; the legislative branch: all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and all departments of Law Enforcement and all civilian staff, who have sworn to uphold the Constitution, which includes Article VI.
Under the U.N. Charter and long established international laws, anyone--civilian, military, government officials, or judges- who knowingly participate in or support illegal use of force against another nation or its people is committing a war crime.
The Central Intelligence Agency, overseen by President Obama and relevant US Congressional Committees, engages in the use of drones (UAVs) to target and kill people without guilt of any crime. Those following orders, from the president and down through the chain of command, after promising to uphold the United States Constitution, and promising to obey Treaties and International Law – as part of the Supreme Law of the Land, and furthermore, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of the U.S., are required to disobey any clearly unlawful order from a superior.
These drones are being used not only in combat situations for the purpose of assassinations but also for killings far removed from combat zones without military defense, to assassinate individuals and groups far removed from military action.
· A drone attack in Yemen on December 12, 2013 tragically struck a wedding party, killing 12 people.
· On May 28, June 14, July 6, and July 23, 2012 the CIA deliberately targeted rescuers of previous drone strikes. A field investigation by the Bureau for Investigative Journalism appears to confirm that this horrendous tactic was revived last year.
· Tribal officials reported that in October 2006, 81 civilians, all but one of whom were described as children, were killed in a single drone strike on a religious school in Bajaur Agency.
· On October 24, 2012, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed by an alleged U.S. drone while picking vegetables in a field with her grandchildren.
· Missiles fired by a U.S. drone killed three people in Pakistan on October 31, 2013, according to Pakistani intelligence officials, the first such attack since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asked U.S. President Barack Obama to end the campaign of drone strikes.
These are just a few examples of thousands of people who have been murdered by the CIA. These are extra judicial killings, and are an intentional, premeditated, and deliberate use of lethal force to commit murder in violation of U.S. and International Law.
It is a matter of public record that the US has used drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen for targeted killings to target specific individuals which has nearly always resulted in the deaths of many others.
There is no legal basis for defining the scope of area where drones can or cannot be used, no legal criteria for deciding which people can be targeted for killing, no procedural safeguards to ensure the legality of the decision to kill and the accuracy of the assassinations.
We believe we have a responsibility to file this criminal complaint. We cite Misprision of a Felony, 18 USC § 4 - Misprision of felony, http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/4
“Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
In support of this indictment we also cite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, who has said that the use of drones creates “a highly problematic blurring of the law applicable to the use of inter-state force.... The result has been the displacement of clear legal standards with a vaguely defined license to kill, and the creation of a major accountability vacuum.... In terms of the legal framework, many of these practices violate straightforward applicable legal rules.” See United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council Study on Targeted Killings, 28, May 2010.
To further bolster our case, and to illustrate the seriousness with which others around the world view our actions, we quote from http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2013/05/09/pakistan-court-decision-finds-us-drone-strikes-are-war-crimes-which-are-absolutely-illegal/ which just recently reported, “A high court in Pakistan has found that United States drone strikes carried out in Pakistan by the CIA are war crimes, which are ‘absolutely illegal’ and a ‘blatant violation’ of Pakistan’s state sovereignty.”
The drone attacks supported, ordered, and executed by the CIA are a deliberate illegal use of force against another nation, and as such are a felonious violation of Article VI of the US Constitution.
By giving material support to the drone program, the individuals named in this complaint are violating the United States Constitution, dishonoring their oath, and committing war crimes.
We demand that the CIA stop immediately and end all drone attacks, being accountable to the people of United States and Pakistan, Afghanistan,Iraq, and Yemen.
As citizens of this nation, which maintains CIA bases around the globe with the largest, most deadly military arsenal in the world, we believe these words of Martin Luther King still hold true, ”the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government”.
There is hope for a better world when WE, THE PEOPLE, hold our government accountable to the laws and treaties that govern the use of lethal force and war. To the extent that we ignore our laws and constitution and allow for the unchecked use of lethal force by our government, allowing the government to kill whoever it wants, where ever it wants, however it wants with no accountability, we make the world less safe for children everywhere.
Based on all the above, WE, THE PEOPLE, CHARGE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, DIRECTOR OF THE CIA, JOHN BRENNAN, THOSE PLANNING THE TARGETED KILLING BY THESE DRONES, THOSE OPERATING CIA DRONES, AND THE FULL MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND WITH CRIMES AGAINST PEACE & CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, WITH VIOLATIONS OF PART OF THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS, WARS OF AGGRESSION, VIOLATION OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, AND KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS.
We appeal to the Court of Fairfax County to do as required by the Nuremburg Principles I-VII, and to launch a full investigation into these crimes.
Signed by, Joy First, Mt. Horeb WI, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Malachy Kilbride, , Arlington, VA, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
NETWORK TO STOP DRONE SURVEILLANCE AND WARFARE
c/o Nicholas Mottern, P.O. Box 495 Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
David M. Cote, March 18, 2014
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
101 Columbia Road
Morristown, New Jersey 07960.
Re: MQ-9 Reaper Drone; weaponized drones and drone surveillance.
Dear Mr. Cote:
We, the undersigned, are among many, many people in the United States who are working to end the United States drone attacks and drone surveillance that are killing and terrorizing thousands, if not tens of thousands, of people from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
We believe that these acts are gross violations of international law, the United States Constitution and the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights, which guarantee the rights to life, due process, privacy, freedom of assembly and free speech, among others.
In addition, we oppose the production, export and proliferation of weaponized drones, as well as the spreading use of drone surveillance, domestically and internationally.
The workhorse of U.S. drone killing and surveillance is the MQ-9 Reaper drone, described sometimes as a “hunter-killer” aircraft, which is also used by the United Kingdom in attacks in Afghanistan. It appears that the United States has built approximately 400 Reapers at the cost of about $16 million each, not including all the support equipment. Others nations have bought or are planning to buy Reapers.
The letterhead photo shows the aftermath of a U.S. drone attack on a wedding party in Yemen in December, 2013.
Honeywell’s website states that Honeywell “is proud to be a significant content-provider for the MQ-9 Reaper.” The website explains that Honeywell makes the TPE331-10 engine that propels the Reaper and provides certain navigational equipment for the Reaper.
In addition, your website says that Honeywell is producing the T-Hawk, a drone with “unique hover-and-stare capability” that enables “advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.”
Honeywell’s “Code of Business Conduct” says the company places “a high value on the integrity of the company and our directors, officers, employees, and representatives. Our reputation and our brand name mean a lot to us. From the shop floor to the boardroom, all Honeywell employees and representatives are expected to comply with all laws and regulations in the countries where we do business, and adhere to our Code of Business conduct.”
Included in Honeywell controls to ensure integrity, the website says, are:
“Legal and compliance reviews of proposed transactions that take into account applicable legal restrictions, including health, safety, environmental stewardship, anti-corruption, trade controls and business integrity.”
Given this commitment, we are asking Honeywell to:
(1) immediately stop providing to the United States government, and other governments, engines, navigational equipment and any other equipment and support for the MQ-9 Reaper drone and;
(2) disengage from all its other activities involving weaponized drones and drone surveillance.
We ask that you to consider this request on an urgent basis and respond as soon as possible.
Nick Mottern – Coordinator, Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare And KnowDrones.org
Elliott Adams – Creating a Culture of Peace, Chairperson; Meta Peace Team, Training Committee member; Veterans for Peace, Past president
Judy Bello – Upstate (NY) Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Chelsea C. Faria – Graduate student, Yale Divinity School; Promoting Enduring Peace
Sandy Fessler – Rochester (NY) Against War
Kathy Kelly – Voices for Creative Non-Violence
Ed Kinane – Upstate (NY) Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Kwame Madden – KnowDrones.org
Raymond L. McGovern - Former analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency; Steering Committee, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS); Tell the Word – Church of the Savior, Washington, D.C.
Mathias Quackenbush – KnowDrones.org
David Swanson – WarisACrime.org; World Beyond War.org
Debra Sweet – Director, World Can’t Wait
Ann Tiffany – Upstate (NY) Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Voices for Creative Non-Violence