Campaign Bulletin #8; March 29, 2014
By Nick Mottern
Don't forget: Weekly open conference call for activists every Wednesday, 9 pm EST
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- May 6 simultaneous readings of names of drone victims
- Day(s) for taking Drone Control Act to Congressional offices
- Day (s) for visiting U.S. Attorneys offices
1. “FLY KITES NOT DRONES”
From Long Island, NY, Susan Perretti sent this photo of “Fly Kites Not Drones” kite flyers from the North Country Peace Group at their Mar. 22 demonstration in Setauket. They flew their kites in a grassy area behind the spot at the intersection of Route 25A and Bennett’s Road where they have held a peace vigil every Saturday since December of 2002.
The kite flying is being done in solidarity with the Afghan Peace Volunteers (AVP), a group of young Afghans fighting poverty and witnessing for peace. The international kite flying events, which occur during kite-flying in Afghanistan in celebration of the Persian New Year, are promoted by Voices for Creative Non-Violence UK and endorsed by Voices in the U.S. Here is a link to a video of a “Fly Kites” event in Afghanistan: http://youtu.be/tWNXWgzpAls
Susan participates in “Global Days of Listening” Skype calls with volunteers that happen on the 21st of every month, and she said a volunteer told her that the “knowledge of what you are doing (for peace) gives us hope.” She said that several of the volunteers have lost family members to drone attacks.
For more information on the volunteers and a “Fly Kites” event in Chicago: http://vcnv.org
Susan sent this video http://youtu.be/5Ym5asEBz9, which she says:
“…provides a glimpse into the life of one of the approximately 30 "street kids" in Kabul that the APVs have taken under their wing. The children are street vendors, trying to earn money to help support their families. The APVs give them lessons in English and other topics (the children cannot go to school because they must work) and food staples such as rice and oil. I thought it was an especially moving video.”
For more information on Global Days of Listening and the APVs:
Judy Bello sends this report from Rochesster, NY:
“We did have an event (kite flying) in Rochester on Saturday (Mar. 22), in solidarity with the Afghan Volunteers for Peace (AVP). It was about 35 degrees with 20 mph winds and steely overcast skies. However, a few of us did come out with our banner and our kites. We actually had a great time, and have decided to do this again in a couple of weeks when, hopefully there will still be lots of wind in warmer temperatures.”
A more complete report on the Rochester event, including a video, appears at
2. Challenging a U.S. Attorney to Prosecute Drone War Criminals.
Last Tuesday (Mar. 25) six members of the National Campaign for Non-violent Resistance (NCNR) went to the office of Dana Boente, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to ask him to prosecute President Obama, CIA Director John Brennan and other officials implicated in U.S. drone attacks.
Malachy Kilbride, one of the six, reports that when the group arrived at the office they found the doors locked. Francisco Gerard, a security official from Boente’s office told them the doors were locked specifically to keep them out, that they would not be allowed inside and that Boente had received their complaint, which had been sent a week before, and that he would take it under advisement. The group then departed. Malachy’s report of the incident appears in Attachment A. Here is a video the visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRSBxiUOmuI&feature=youtu.be
The letter and criminal complaint that NCNR sent to Mr. Boente appears in Attachment B.
See Ideas and Minutes, below, for more on the idea of visiting offices of U.S. Attorneys.
3. Chicago Anti-Drone Protester Wants On Boeing’s Board of Directors.
Joe Iosbaker reports from Chicago:
“The Anti-War Committee – Chicago (AWC), is continuing our anti-Boeing effort by trying to elect Kait McIntyre (pictured below), an activist who comes out of SDS, to the Boeing Company stockholder’s board. We'll be at the Boeing stockholders' meeting in Chicago on April 28 to present her candidacy and platform.
“Attached (Attachment C) you’ll find the AWC platform for her campaign; and the language of a new petition, aimed mainly against the combat drone they want to build.
“We’ll be posting these to our website in the next several days.” http://antiwarcommitteechicago.blogspot.com/
Kait McIntyre, candidate for Boeing’s Board of Directors, outside the Code Pink drone conference in Washington, November 2013.
Corrections: Daniel Hale, an Air Force veteran with drone experience, and also a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War, was among featured speakers at the protest earlier this month of the establishment of a drone control center in Des Moines, IA; the first rally to protest this center was held in January, 2013, led by Leah Bolger, former president of Veterans for Peace; there were four rallies there in 2013.
A decision was issued last week by NY State Supreme Court Justice John Brunetti that begins to reveal fundamental flaws in the legal thinking of DeWitt Town Court Juatice David Gideon that led him to issue orders of protection against at least 50 drone activists in an attempt to prevent them from protesting at Hancock Air Base outside Syracuse, NY.
Judge Brunetti’s decision vacated an order of protection issued against Daniel Finlay, of Ithaca, thus allowing him to go back to protesting at Hancock until he is tried for blocking the entrance to the base in April, 2013. The article linked here describes Judge Brunetti’s reasoning and the legal flaws he identified.
While the decision falls short of declaring Justice Gideon’s reasoning is a complete misinterpretation of the purposes of orders of protection, it does give footholds for challenge.
In a related matter, Judge Gideon has indicated that he is under pressure to hurry along the trials of the Hancock protesters to save money (See Bulletin #7).
Ann Tiffany responded to this concern this week in a letter to the Syracuse Post Standard, asking that people broaden their consideration of cost beyond their tax bills. See Attachment D.
On Wednesday, April 2, at 7 pm EDT, please watch and participate in the live-streamed “Prelude to Drone Days of Action-2014” forum with Maria Lahood, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights; Madiha Tahir, maker of the film Wounds of Waziristan; and Carl Dix, co-founder with Cornel West of the Stop Mass Incarceration Network. http://www.ustream.tv/stopmotionsolo
The presenters have been asked to provide information that will assist you as you engage the public, and if you ask questions through the live stream, that will help increase the usefulness of the evening.
Click here for more details:
PLEASE PUBLICIZE THIS EVENT TO YOUR NETWORKS.
Here are the minutes from Wednesday’s conference call, containing ideas for your consideration and comment:
Debra Sweet - New York, NY - Debraasked that everyone promote the live-stream kick-off forum for the Spring Days, and that people be encouraged to send in questions on the live-stream link. http://www.ustream.tv/stopmotionsolo
She thinks that as we go into the Spring Days campaign it would be very helpful to begin compiling a list of frequently asked questions and best answers. Others on the call supported this and said they would be glad to help. Debra is going to draft FAQ and answers that we can circulate widely for comment.
She noted that she and Nick Mottern are working on a palm card/half sheet flyer that may fill the need for a standard handout that can be used by many groups. Barbara Kidney said that she likes Occucards. (There is a drone Occucard http://www.occucards.com/drone-attacks/)
David Sladky – St. Louis, MO – David said that the Veterans for Peace drone working group is preparing a statement on drones to be issued soon. He said also that it appears that an action planned for Whiteman AFB, a drone control center, will most likely occur toward the end of May. He said also that he will be doing outreach in St. Louis at the Pride Fest, the International Festival of Nations, Earthday and the Garlic Fest. He is also hoping to work on events with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom.
Andrew Dalton and Barbara Kidney – Mid-Hudson Valley, NY – Andrew reported that a counter-drone march was held on Mar. 22 along the sidewalks of New Paltz, NY, a small town that is the home of a major campus of the state university system. He said that about 10 people marched, a smaller number than had participated in a similar march in 2012. But, he said, passersby and motorists were “all thumbs up and smiles”; this was a dramatic change from the march two years ago, he said, when they encountered much ignorance about drones and hostility toward their message.
He and Barbara are planning a “Fly Kites Not Drones” event at the middle of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge over the Hudson River for Sunday, Mar. 30, (This has been postponed because of anticipated bad weather.) He said he and Barbara continue to reach out to Quaker meetings about organizing memorial events for drone victims, but this is slow going.
Barbara reported that they had a very low turnout – three people – at a showing last week of Wounds of Waziristan, held at the New Paltz public library. They had a much better turnout for a film about Monsanto. It appears that films about issues closer to home have more attendance, however they also had more people at a screening of Unmanned (which has had much more publicity than Wounds.)
Timothy Baer – Bloomington, IN – Timothy reported that 45 people came to a screening of Unmanned on March 19 and that several people signed up to work. He said that the first Wednesday of each month, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition holds a vigil at Courthouse Square. From May 3 – 18, Leah Bolger’s Quilt Project will be displayed at the local library; there will be a reception on May 3. From Bloomington, the display will go to Martinsville and Nashville, IN.
Joan Ecklein – Boston, MA – Joan said that the local United for Peace and Justice chapter is planning to go to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) at noon on May 6 to read the names of victims of U.S. drone attacks, and she wondered if people in other cities would want to hold a similar event simultaneously.
Joan asked how to get lists of names of drone victims, and Nick referred her to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism’s “Naming the Dead” project.
Nick Mottern – Hastings on Hudson, NY – Nick reported that he spoke last Sunday in Princeton, NJ at a showing of Unmanned that was organized by the Coalition for Peace Action; about 60 people attended. As part of his presentation, he said he spoke about the proposed Drone Control Act as laying out for the first time a legislative initiative to stopping drone attacks and spying while defining beneficial uses of drones and how the public interest might be protected in these uses. He said he had put about 40 flyers for the Act on the literature table, and he was surprised to find that all had been taken and he had to look for other copies in his bag for the two people last to leave. He had said that even though it may seem a waste of time to take the Act to members of Congress, it is important for them to see that people have a piece of legislation that addresses the “good” uses and “bad” uses of drones.
In addition to the ideas brought forward in the minutes, I asked Joy First whether she thinks it would be a good idea to set a date when people around the country might simultaneously visit the offices of their local U.S. Attorney with an drone attack indictment. Joy responded:
“I think we should definitely encourage people to go to their US Attorney. I think it is helpful if there is some kind of military base or other government facility that is somehow connected to the drone program. For example, we will be going to the US Attorney's office for the Western District in WI and bring a complaint against those involved in training drone pilots at Volk Field in WI. I'm not sure yet when we will be doing that.
“Do you think it might be hard to focus on one day because maybe people can't make it on a specific day. How about looking at a week? Maybe toward the end of April or early May to give people time for planning.
“Did I share with you the cover letter and criminal complaint that we brought to the US Attorney's office in Alexandria? It is based on the indictment that they used at Hancock. I am attaching it and people can use it as a template.”
(The cover letter and criminal complaint are in Attachment B.)
REFERENCING THE MINUTES AND JOY’S COMMENTS,
PLEASE SEND YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE FOLLOWING:
- Do you like the idea of preparing FAQs and answers, mentioned above, and if so, would you send your FAQs and your responses?
- Would you like to organize a simultaneous reading of drone victims’ names on May 6 in solidarity with the reading at MIT?
- Is it a good idea to set a day or a week when activists would be asked to visit their Congressional offices with the Drone Control Act? Do you have a suggestion for a date or a week?
- What do you think of the idea of setting a day or week to take NCNR’s drone indictment to the U.S. Attorney in your area? Would you suggest a date or week?
Please send your responses to: email@example.com
On March 21, Honeywell Corporation received the letter in Attachment E asking it to stop supplying turbo-prop engines and navigational equipment for MQ-9 Reaper drones as well as to stop producing the RQ-16 T-Hawk (for tarantula hawk, a spider wasp that hunts tarantulas as food for its larvae) a small surveillance drone.
Next week I will determine whether Honeywell will respond, in preparation for a boycott; boycott materials are being drafted.
Access to KnowDrones.org has been blocked on the computers of the New York City schools, according to several people working within the school system. This apparently was done sometime in the last several months; the site has been available in the schools since it was started two years ago.
The city schools, which serve more than a million students, are under the control of Mayor Bill DeBlasio. An email to his press office asking why and who blocked KnowDrones brought no response; nor did a call to the press office of the New York City Department of Education.
1. Ellen Grady sends this request:
The Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars has invited Dr. Cornel West to speak in Syracuse on April 27th for the Spring Days of Action, National Anti-drone Campaign. Following Dr. West’s talk we will have a rally and walk to Hancock Air Base. We are looking for sponsorship from your group. We invite you to join us and hope that you will promote this to your membership. If your group could give some money we would appreciate it very much. Your contribution is not required for sponsorship, but there are expenses associated with the event, and since there is no admission fee to Dr West’s talk, every little bit is helpful. Please let me to me as soon as possible so we can get your name on our publicity materials. Thank you for your consideration.
If you are able to send money please make checks out to: Upstate Drone Action. In memo line, put ‘April 27’.
Send them to:
Upstate Drone Action c/o the Syracuse Peace Council
2013 E Genessee St., Syracuse NY 13210
Ellen Grady for the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.
(Dr. West will speak at 2 pm on April 27 at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, 515 Oakwood Ave., Syracuse. At 4:30 pm a rally near Hancock Air Base at the BOCES parking lot, 6820 Thomposon Ave.. Syracuse, themed “The People’s Orders of Protection Against Drone Terror”.)
2. Tim Molina, Outreach Director for Unmanned: America’s Drone War, is asking that you sign a petition calling for an investigation of the drone attack in Datta Khel, Pakistan, reported on in the film that killed more than 40 people
He included a link to an op-ed by Cong. Alan Grayson (D-FL) calling for “transparency” with respect to U.S. drone attacks.
A customer of the Uline company called Wednesday to report that she had complained to the firm about its use of a drone on the cover of its catalog (above) to promote the company’s speed in shipping.
“The fact that it kills hit my guts,” she said.
She said that the man who took her call was sympathetic. She took a non-confrontational tone, she said, because the company might be unaware of the implications of what it is presenting. She was told that her message would be sent forward within the company, including to the boss. Uline is a family-owned business; Liz Uihlein is the company president.
Her call, obviously points to the issue of Amazon, Facebook and other consumer driven businesses touting drones for promotional gain while ignoring the drone atrocities that are committed as routinely by the U.S., Israel and the United Kingdom as Amazon delivers it packages.
Would it be a good idea to call on Amazon and Facebook to issue statements condemning drone attacks and drone surveillance?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 25, 2014
CONTACT: Joy First 608-239-4327, Malachy Kilbride 571-501-3729, Max Obuszewski 410-366-1637
WHO: Members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) have taken action to call attention to, and bring an end to the crimes of the United States Government since the Iraq war began in March 2003.
WHAT: Members of NCNR first brought a criminal complaint against President Obama, CIA Director John Brennan, and others at the CIA who are involved in the drone program to the US Attorney’s office in Alexandria last May when Neil MacBride held the office of US Attorney. After numerous attempts to follow-up on the complaint, no action was apparently taken. A copy of the criminal complaint was then sent to the new US Attorney Dana Boente last week.
On Tuesday March 25 six members of NCNR followed up at the US Attorney’s office in person to demand action as drone attacks continue to murder innocent people around the world. NCNR maintains that the Obama Administration and the CIA drone program are in violation of U.S. and international law.
When the six activists arrived at the US Attorney’s office at 11:00 am they discovered the doors to the public building were locked. A security officer, John Buffington, came out and told them that they would not be allowed into the building.
Then a plains clothes security officer, Francisco Gerard from the US Attorney’s office, came out to speak to them. He acknowledged that the doors were locked specifically to keep the activists out. Other members of the public were let into the building while the officer spoke with the 6 activists. The officer said that they received the complaint and US Attorney Boente would take it under advisement. After several minutes of speaking with Mr. Gerard the nonviolent activists peacefully left the area.
WHY: The six activists believe it is their responsibility to report crimes, especially extrajudicial killing by the US drones. There are documented reports from organizations such as Amnesty International and news organizations like the UK based Bureau of Investigative Journalism. They also believe US elected and appointed officials have a duty to investigate these crimes.
Joan Nicholson, came from Kennett Square Pennsylvania to join the group, and she said, “As a US citizen I was appalled that we were not given the opportunity to determine the progress of the citizens complaint seeking an indictment against President Obama, CIA Director Brennan, and others responsible for war crimes especially those carried out by the killer drones.”
It is chilling that nonviolent citizen activists would be targeted and locked out of a public building because they want their government held accountable for serious lawbreaking, including war crimes as reported by Amnesty International.
Malachy Kilbride from Arlington, VA explained “We tried to give voice to the victims of US drone strikes and their families by going to government officials responsible for maintaining the rule of law. But what we encountered was the US government legal system that is literally shutting out those who want to report serious crimes and accept their responsibilities under the law.”
Those who went to the US Attorney's office today included Max Obuszewski of MD, Joy First of WI, Janice Sevre-Duszynska of KY, Joan Nicholson of PA, Malachy Kilbride of VA, and David Barrows of DC.Now that crimes have been reported to the US Attorney’s office they are responsible and will someday be held accountable. The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will not give up in their pursuit of this matter.
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE
9635 Overland Rd.
Mount Horeb, WI 53572
Joyfirst5@gmail.com 608 437-7581
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 for the Eastern District of Virginia 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
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 U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia to do as required by the Nuremburg Principles I-VII, and to launch a full investigation into these crimes.
Joy First, Mt. Horeb WI, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
David Barrows, Washington, DC, Witness Against Torture
Malachy Kilbride, Arlington, VA, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Jack McHale Burke, VA. Pax Christi Metro DC
Max Obuszewski, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, priest, Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests & National Campaign for Nonviolent resistance
Cindy Sheehan, Vacaville, Ca, Cindy Sheehan's Soapbox
Brian Terrell, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Timothy Baer, Organizer, Bloomington Peace Action Coalition, Bloomington, IN
Karen Barton, Coordinator Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition, Bryn Mawr, PA
Medea Benjamin, Washington DC, CODEPINK
Toby Blome, El Cerrito, California, San Francisco CODEPINK
Leah Bolger, Corvallis, OR, Veterans For Peace
Verleah Brown Kosloske, TSSF, Alexandria, Virginia
Bill Carpenter, San Francisco, CA
Tom Casey, as Regional Coordinator for Pax Christi Wesern New York
Cedar Dvorin, Alexandria, VA
June Eisley, Wilmington, DE
Christine Gaunt, Grinnell, IA
Richard Greenblatt, Highland Mills, NY
Danielle Greene, CodePink, Washington D.C.
Martin Gugino, Western New York Peace Center
David Hartsough, Peaceworkers and San Francisco Friends Meeting San Francisco
Elias Holtz, Freedom Socialist Party, Brooklyn, NY
Peter Hudiburg, South Plymouth, NY
Margaret Human – New Paltz, NY
Barbara Kidney - Pine Bush, NY, Drone Alert - Hudson Valley - New Paltz NY
Mary Colleen Klein, Palo Alto, CA
Pam Krimsky, Highland, NY
Julie Levine, Topanga Peace Alliance
JoAnne Lingle, Indianapolis IN, Indiana Anti-Drone Project; Christian Peacemaker Teams
Sherri Maurin, San Francisco
Mary B Merryman, San Francisco
Ian Mitchel, Poughkeepsie
Chris Moore-Backman, Director, Chico Peace and Justice Center, Chico, California
Joe Morton; Baltimore, MD
Nick Mottern – Hastings on Hudson, NY - KnowDrones.org
Don Muller, Alaska
Joan H. Nicholson, Kennett Square, PA, member of the Religious Society of Friends
Cameron Ohl, Blooming Grove, NY
Jon Olsen, Green Party, Jefferson, Maine
Shirley Osgood, Occupy Beale AFB, Green Party, Occupy Nevada County
Mahnaz Padash, Folsom CA
Lindis Percy, Coordinator, CAMPAIGN FOR THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF AMERICAN BASES – CAAB UK
Charles (freewil) Philp, New York, NY
Janet M. Powers, Professor Emerita, Gettysburg College
Mathias Quackenbush, Knowdrones.com
Daniel Raphael, Occupy, University Place, WA
Darrett Roberts, Poughkeepsie NY
Coleen Rowley, Minneapolis, MN, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) - Ground All Drones Committee
Loretta Schmitz, Granny for Peace, Oakland, CA
Jim Schulman, AIA, Washington, DC
Robert M. Smith, staff, Brandywine Peace Community
Mark D. Stansbery, Columbus Campaign for Arms Control (CCAC)
David Swanson charlottesville va warisacrime.org
Sasha Templeton, Plainfield, VT
Lorna VanderZanden, Arlington, VA. Veterans For Peace
Andy von Salis
Louis Vitale, OFM, Pace e Bene, NDE - Nevada Desert Experience
Lucia Wilkes Smith, Minneapolis, MN, Women Against Military Madness (WAMM) - Ground All Drones Committee
Kait McIntyre stands for the following platform in her campaign for the Boeing Company Board of Directors:
1. Her platform calls on Boeing Company to disinvest in drone research, stop seeking drone contracts in general and end its pursuit of the Navy UCLASS combat drone contract. Boeing should close the Phantom Ray drone project, end production of the Scan Eagle program, and stop any current or future bidding on drones for warfare and surveillance without proper warrants. The US’s use of drone warfare – targeted killing, and attacks in countries where we have not declared war - violates international law. We need to end wars, not build a new generation of deadly weapons.
2. Her platform calls on Boeing Company to end military production. The projected cuts to the Pentagon budget are greatly needed, but are only the beginning of retooling of our economy away from war production, in the interests of humanity and the U.S. economy. In line with the needed cuts to the Pentagon, Boeing should shift its business strategy to phase out all military production. The United States has spent trillions of dollars in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan alone, as well as in Libya and Syria. This money could have been contributed toward schools, jobs, health-care, and other social service programs that benefit people. Pentagon contracts and weapons manufacturing mean death and destruction. From the depleted uranium bombs that have poisoned the soil and people of Gaza, to the B52 bombers that killed so many Vietnamese, we deeply regret that Boeing products have harmed so many and linked the Boeing name with bloodshed, death, and destruction.
3. Her platform calls on Boeing Company to end their history of corporate welfare and class warfare, and give back to the communities where they operate. Boeing uses loopholes to dodge paying taxes, but tax payments on their enormous profits could stop the slashing of government funded social programs. In addition,Boeing should repatriate profits from overseas operations.
Current Boeing CEO James McNerney has said that educators and families with children in school in Chicago may have to “do some things at the local level that the local level doesn’t want to do in order to ensure some quality.” His meaning is clear: he backs Mayor Emanuel’s attacks on the teachers and children of Chicago Public Schools. Boeing should put a stop to these attacks and speak out against Emanuel closing schools and turning schools into military academies.
Boeing should sign onto labor peace agreements. We believe that the key to building a company is keeping well-paid jobs with benefits like pension plans, and treating workers fairly. We oppose cutting jobs for thousands just so a handful can buy multi-million dollar homes in Miami.
Finally, Boeing should commit their vast wealth to research and development for green air travel, and lead the industry towards sustainability. This is urgently needed as climate change accelerates.
No Killer Drones for Boeing
Tell Boeing Company: Stop pursuing the Navy contract for the next combat drone
Boeing should cease production and development of the “Phantom Ray” and other weapons. They should pay their share of taxes and give back to the communities where they operate. And they should invest in research and development for green air travel.
To the Editor:
Elizabeth Doran's March 12 article asks, "How much are drone protesters' trials costing taxpayers?" Missing is any consideration of how much these prosecutions are costing the defendants -- some arrested multiple times for nonviolent actions at the Hancock Air Base. The purpose of such persistent and principled actions is to wake up the public and law enforcement agencies to the Reaper drone war crimes being committed at Hancock by the 174th Attack Wing based there.
Often those defendant costs include travel expense, attorneys' fees, maximum fines, punitive bails, court costs, incarcerations and protracted time in court. This tally should also include the erosion of our First Amendment civil liberties via pre-emptive arrests and Orders of Protection. No one of the scores of anti-drone defendants -- many traveling from afar -- tried in the DeWitt court gains financially by exposing the dirty drone war perpetrated in our names and with our tax money.
Our considerable expense, however, is trivial compared to Afghanistan: the maiming and killing of hundreds of defenseless non-combatants and the displacement and terrorizing of many thousands more.
Besides people "over there," people here in Central New York -- and throughout the U.S.. -- also endure risk and suffer loss. Thanks to its drone use, the U.S. is losing the respect of peoples throughout the world. Let's not underestimate the blowback.
Nor let us underestimate how normalized illegal drone killings abroad could lead to misuse of drones here. Not smart.
NETWORK TO STOP DRONE SURVEILLANCE AND WARFARE
c/o Nicholas Mottern, P.O. Box 495 Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706
March 19, 2014
David M. Cote,
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 United Nations 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 United States 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 intends to have built a total of approximately 400 Reapers by FY 2021 at a cost of about $16 million each, not including 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’s 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 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 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Elliott Adams – Creating a Culture of Peace, Chairperson; Meta Peace Team, Training Committee member; Veterans for Peace, Past president
Anti-Drone Committee of Western Massachusetts
Judy Bello – Upstate (NY) Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
Medea Benjamin – Co-founder, Code Pink
Fred Bialy – El Cerrito, CA
Toby Blome -
Bryn Mawr Peace Coalition – Bryn Mawr, PA
Chelsea C. Faria – Graduate student, Yale Divinity School; Promoting Enduring Peace
Sandy Fessler – Rochester (NY) Against War
Joy First – National Campaignn for Nonviolent Resistance, Mt. Horeb, WI
Kathy Kelly – Voices for Creative Non-Violence
Schuyler Kempton – Drone Alert Hudson Valley; Anti-Oppression Forum, Highland, NY
Ed Kinane – Upstate (NY) Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars
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.
Ian Mitchell – Poughkeepsie, NY
Joan Nicholson – Kennett Square, PA
Max Obuszewski – Baltimore Nonviolence Center, Baltimore, MD
Peace and Justice Center – Burlington, VT
Charles Philp – New York, NY
Janet M. Powers – Professor Emerita, Gettysburg College
Mathias Quackenbush – KnowDrones.org
Daniel Raphael – Occupy, University Place, WA
Robin Ryan – San Francisco, CA
Jim Schulman, AIA – Washington, DC
Kyle Silliman-Smiith – Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, VT
Carmen Solari – Peace and Justice Center, Burlington, VT
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
David Twomey – American citizen
Voices for Creative Non-Violence