PLEASE JOIN THE "END DRONE WARFARE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PLEDGE" CAMPAIGN

– Kick-off in Iowa, Saturday, May 18, 2019

From: Frank Cordaro, Des Moines Catholic Worker

Folks:

The Des Moines Catholic Worker and the Des Moines “Bill Bassinger” Veterans for Peace Chapter 163 are joining Nick Mottern and KnowDrones  https://www.knowdrones.com/ to start a national "END DRONE WARFARE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PLEDGE" CAMPAIGN here in Iowa!  (The pledge appears below.)

We want to kick off the campaign on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at our 3rd Annual Honor Vets Ground Drones Armed Forces Day Rally & Direct Action @ 3 p.m. at the IA Air Guard Drone Command Center, 3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines, IA.

The idea is to get as many of the presidential candidates to respond 'yes or no' to the pledge.

In Iowa, we hope to use the campaign to focus much-needed attention on our own drone command center in Des Moines, and to spread this campaign across the country, particularly in the states that have drone command centers.  (See the attached list.)

Right now, we are looking for two things:
-       Individuals and groups to sign on publicly in support of the pledge.
-       People to start showing up at candidate appearances to press the issue.

Please be in touch with me and Nick Mottern if you and/or your group would like to endorse the pledge.  And please let us know too if you will be able to attend presidential candidate events to call on the candidates to sign the pledge.

AND, please sign this petition: http://banweaponizeddrones.org

Iowa Contacts
Frank Cordaro <frank.cordaro@gmail.com>
Gil Landolt <peacevet@hotmail.com>

National Contact
Nick Mottern <nickmottern@gmail.com>
KnowDrones https://www.knowdrones.com/


END DRONE WARFARE PLEDGE
Background

Beginning in October, 2001 with the invasion of Afghanistan, the U.S. has conducted a drone warfare campaign that knows no boundaries and is out of control.

This campaign, which is based on assassination, has taken up to 12,100 lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.  This is a gross under-estimate because it does not include those killed in other nations experiencing U.S. drone surveillance and attack, such as Iraq, Syria, Libya and Niger.

In addition, much drone killing goes unreported because of the remoteness of the attacks and because the U.S. government conceals the full extent of drone killing and wounding, which has increased exponentially from 2001, through the Obama presidency and again under President Trump.

We must remember also that tens of thousands of people living under killer drones are being systematically traumatized and that their community life, the basis of their physical and emotional survival, is being destroyed.

Note, these unrelenting U.S. drone attacks are being conducted against people of color - whose lives are already wracked by war - for the sole purpose of assisting corporations in grabbing resources, particularly oil, gas and minerals, in an extraction process that, of course, contributes to global warming.

U.S. drone attacks violate the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights and are illegal, immoral and just plain outrageous.

The Pledge
Therefore, we call on you, as a presidential candidate, to pledge to:
1. Stop all attacks by U.S. drones and to close all U.S. drone control centers inside and outside the U.S.
2.  Work for an international ban on weaponized drones.

Will you sign this pledge?


US DRONE BASES – January, 2019
Armed drone control and or training.


Northeast

Hancock Air National Guard Base – Syracuse, NY #
Niagara Falls Air National Guard Base – Niagara Falls, NY
Fort Drum (Army training with Grey Eagle drone), Watertown, NY
Horsham Air National Guard Base – Horsham, PA
Fort Indiantown Gap (Army National Guard trains with RQ-9 Shadow drones, which may be armed.  The base has drawn attention of local anti-drone organizers but no protests to date.), Harrisburg, PA

South

Langley AFB – Hampton, VA
Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Fort Smith, AR
Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, TN
Hurlburt Field AFB, Mary Esther, FL (may receive drone unit from Cannon AFB)
Tyndall AFB, Panama City, FL*
Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, Houston, TX
Randolph AFB (Training), Universal City, TX
Fort Bragg (Army training with Grey Eagle drone), Fayetteville, NC*
Shaw AFB, Sumter, SC*

Midwest
Springfield Air National Guard Base, Springfield, OH
Whiteman AFB, Knob Noster, MO
Iowa Air National Guard Base, Des Moines, IA
Battle Creek Air National Guard Base, Battle Creek, MI
Volk Field (Army National Guard training with RQ-7 Shadow surveillance drones, which may be armed. Protests have occurred here).

Northern Plains

Hector International Airport (Air National Guard), Fargo, ND
Ellsworth AFB, Rapid City, SD

West
USAF Flight Training School, Pueblo, CO
Fort Carson (Army Grey Eagle training), Colorado Springs, CO *
Cannon AFB, Clovis, NM (unit may move to Tyndall AFB)
Holloman AFB (Training), Alamogordo, NM #
Creech AFB, Las Vegas, NV #
March Air Reserve Base, Riverside/Moreno Valley/Perris, CA – Air National Guard drone unit.
Beale, AFB (drone targeting), Marysville, CA
Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ – Air National Guard drone unit.

*New bases

# Base expansion

https://www.npr.org/2015/07/22/422941968/national-guard-seeks-more-drones-for-domestic-missions

https://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20180530/drone-squadron-coming-to-hurlburt

http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/14239/obscure-national-guard-spy-plane-assesses-hurricane-harveys-aftermath

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local-military/new-leader-takes-over-critical-springfield-base-missions/3o1ibhS1RhO8FG0tTpltqK/

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/springfield-guard-unit-need-more-drone-pilots/MhSyrsogURnkivi3U8PA7M/

https://www.springfieldnewssun.com/news/local-military/air-force-looks-double-number-drone-pilots/DipjtR0eHhAKbinW6l4F5K/

https://www.news-leader.com/story/news/politics/2016/04/19/air-force-recognize-whiteman-drone-pilots-attack-squadron/83194968/

https://www.military.com/defensetech/2017/02/28/air-force-retire-iconic-predator-drone

https://news.usni.org/2018/06/07/34175

https://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2016/10/battle_creek_air_guard_prepare.html

https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/farnborough/2018/07/17/netherlands-signs-deal-for-unarmed-mq-9-reaper-drones/

http://www.fayobserver.com/news/20170804/fort-bragg-promises-watchful-eye-over-new-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-ahead-of-first-flight

https://www.upi.com/Defense-News/2018/08/24/General-Atomics-receives-contract-for-MQ-9-drones-for-France/1611535126240/

https://www.grandforksherald.com/news/4306225-nd-air-national-guard-dont-fear-reaper

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/803564/ellsworth-unit-executes-first-ever-mq-9-participation-in-af-virtual-exercise/

https://www.ellsworth.af.mil/units/

https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2016/10/21/meet-the-air-force-s-first-enlisted-drone-pilots/

https://gazette.com/military/fort-carson-s-new-game-changing-drones-can-strike-targets/article_fb7fd4be-840b-5e4a-b07b-5ba1756748bc.html

https://www.thestate.com/news/local/military/article194056194.html

https://www.alamogordonews.com/story/news/local/community/2017/05/02/mq-9-reaper-crashes-near-holloman/101213730/

https://arizonadailyindependent.com/2017/01/16/tucson-passed-up-for-mq9-reaper-group/

https://www.163atkw.ang.af.mil/

https://fireaviation.com/2018/08/14/national-guard-uses-mq-9-reaper-drone-to-improve-firefighters-situational-awareness/

https://www.pe.com/2017/11/23/march-air-reserve-base-could-get-more-room-for-mq-9-reaper-training/

https://spectrumlocalnews.com/nys/watertown/news/2017/04/13/fort-drum-asking-to-expand-gray-eagle-uav-training-areas

https://www.volkfield.ang.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/459073/first-uav-flight-at-volk-field-successful/

https://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/drone_crash_fort_indiantown_ga.html

https://tucson.com/business/tucson/davis-monthan-passed-over-for-new-f--drone-units/article_fd9a9940-06e5-5c1a-afd5-218a3ff74315.html

Compiled from government and press reports by Nick Mottern, Knowdrones.com

Frank Cordaro
cell 515 490 2490    https://www.facebook.com/frank.cordaro
Frank Cordaro's Writings and Archives by yr 1976 - 2019
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VIDEO REVEALS HONEYWELL'S LACK OF CONCERN OVER DRONE KILLING AND NUCLEAR WEAPONS by Nick Mottern

On Monday, April 29, 2019, I attended the Honeywell International shareholders meeting to implore the management to stop producing engines and navigational equipment for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the workhorse of the U.S. drone war. (Attachment A below.) 

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In addition, the Honeywell leaders were challenged to stop producing key parts for nuclear weapons by Unitarian Universalist minister Chris Antal and Victoria Elson, of NuclearBan.US.   http://www.nuclearban.us/

She was accompanied by her husband, Timmon Wallis, also of NuclearBan.US, and by Adrian Glamorgan, a lecturer at Alphacrucis College in Australia and a community broadcaster.

My initial presentation and the full remarks of Reverend Antal were not video-taped, but in the following links you will see Ms. Elson’s presentation and then follow-up comments by Reverend Antal, me and Mary Beth Gallagher, executive director of Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment.

http://tricri.org/

(Tri-State raises shareholder concerns about human rights, the environment and other social issues.  Ms. Gallagher was attending the Honeywell meeting to advocate for resolutions that would require Honeywell to: (1) give shareholders power to raise issues, such as toxic spills, outside the normal annual meeting cycle and; (2) reveal its political contributions.)

In the videos, you will also see Honeywell CEO and Chairman of the Board Darius Adamczyk rejecting all the concerns that were raised, saying either that Honeywell respects all laws in places where it operates, or by simply not commenting.

First Ms. Elson’s remarks:

Next, Reverend Antal, a former U.S. Army captain who was stationed in Afghanistan, addresses Mr. Adamczyk’s non-responses to me and Ms. Elson:

Then, I speak again, referring to the Nuremberg trials of German industrialists (please watch past the blurry beginning):

Finally, Ms. Gallagher, who had not planned to speak on drone killing or nuclear weapons, addresses the Honeywell leadership’s “lack of engagement” with the substance of the questions that had been just raised.

Honeywell management has been effectively silent about drone killing since I began raising the issue at the 2014 shareholders meeting. 

https://www.badhoneywell.org/2014/07/honeywell-boss-we-will-continue-to-follow-all-laws.html  They took the same approach on nuclear weapons when Reverend Antal began to speak about this at the 2015 shareholders meeting.


For more about Mr. Adamczyk : https://www.honeywell.com/who-we-are/leadership/darius-adamczyk  You can write to him at: Honeywell, 115 Tabor Road, Morris Plaiins, NJ 07950.

To learn about the extent of Honeywell’s involvement in nuclear weapons, see  https://www.dontbankonthebomb.com/honeywell-international/

To learn how you can participate in weapons divestment: https://www.divestfromwarmachine.org/

Important Note: Northrop Grumman Human Rights Challenge at
May 15 Shareholders Meeting.

On May 15, 2019, Mary Beth Gallagher will be leading a shareholder demand that Northrop Grumman report on how it is putting its human rights policy into action, given that it “produces weapons used in conflict and technologies that are enabling the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border and increased surveillance of immigrants, (and it) has largely flown under the radar of public scrutiny as attention is focused on Palantir and Amazon for their role in the US immigration context. Alongside Northrop Grumman’s contracts with the Saudi government to train troops which are accused of war crimes in Yemen, it is working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to build the largest database to track immigrants.” http://tricri.org/northrop-grummans-human-rights-record-in-the-spotlight-at-shareholder-meeting/

Northrop Grumman makes the Global Hawk surveillance drone, used in drone killing, and the company is working on smaller surveillance drone called the Firebird that appears to have the potential to be armed. https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/25486/northrop-grumman-plans-to-upend-aerial-surveillance-market-with-their-optionally-manned-firebird

 The meeting, which will start at 8 a.m. at 2980 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042,  will be webcast: http://investor.northropgrumman.com/news-releases/news-release-details/northrop-grumman-webcast-annual-shareholders-meeting-12

 To retweet: https://twitter.com/tristatecri/status/1126171173426016256.  Blog post:

http://tricri.org/northrop-grummans-human-rights-record-in-the-spotlight-at-shareholder-meeting/

Kathy Warden is Northrop Grumman’s CEO and President.  https://www.northropgrumman.com/AboutUs/CompanyLeadership/Pages/Detail.aspx?itemId=0023&loc=%2F&rel=%2F&name=CorporateLeadership  You can write to her at the Falls Church address above.


ATTACHMENT A

HONEYWELL SHAREHOLDERS MEETING – Apr. 29, 2019
By Nick Mottern – Coordinator, Knowdrones.com
nickmottern@gmail.com

Today I am here, as I have been before, to implore you, as overseers of Honeywell Corporation, to do two things:

1.   Stop supplying the engines and navigational equipment for the MQ-9 Reaper drone, the workhouse of U.S. drone killing.

And

2.   Issue a public statement in support of an international ban on killer drones.

In 2016, I urged Honeywell to drop its killer drone contracts, and in response, David Cote, then Chairman and CEO, said that Honeywell had decided that it would support the U.S. government.

If you are inclined to respond in this way, Mr. Adamczyk, I want to note that Honeywell spent $5.53 million in lobbying in 2018 and another $6.46 million on campaign contributions.  This is to say that Honeywell has a lot to say about what the U.S. government does, and to my knowledge, Honeywell has never objected to any of the wars now underway or to the use of killer drones.

Honeywell’s support of the current U.S. wars means that Honeywell is supporting wars, not to fight “terrorism” but, rather, to support systematic attacks by the U.S. military against people of color, in order to help corporations extract resources, such as oil and minerals, at gunpoint.  This is the latest in a series of wars for resources that began with the founding of the U.S. based on a military campaign of genocide against indigenous people.

In this regard, Honeywell is not only selling weapons, it is selling portable refineries that can be used in war zones as well as other oil industry equipment.  Honeywell is making money two ways from the global U.S. resource grab, a campaign that results in gross violations of human rights and that contributes mightily to the worsening of global warming.

In my last visit to the shareholders meeting, I said that U.S. drone attacks are violating international law, that the U.S. is responsible for drone war crimes.

In March this year, for the first time, a court, a German court, has found weighty evidence of cases of U.S. drone war crimes, and it also questioned the legality of the U.S. conducting drone attacks in any country it chooses.

Since the first U.S. drone attack, in Afghanistan in October, 2001, up to 12,000 people have been killed by U.S. drones and tens of thousands more people, poor people, mostly Muslim, have been wounded and terrorized.   The number killed is actually much higher because most attacks are not publicly reported.  And, in the last two years there has been a dramatic surge in drone attacks and a government information black out on the drone war and the air war in general.

However disturbing, I would like to read from the indictment of German industrialists at the Nuremberg war crimes trials, citing a quote that seems to have a universal application beyond the specific cases in the trial and World War II atrocities:

“The defendants will tell us that they were merely overzealous and perhaps misguided patriots.  We will hear it said that all they planned to do was what any patriotic businessman would have done under similar circumstances…What happened was indeed unfortunate, they will admit, but we will be assured that there is nothing than any of them could possibly have done about it.”

Would you, Mr. Adamczyk and the board, be willing to meet with me, former drone operators, legal experts and others, to learn more about the consequences of U.S. drone attacks and about banning killer drones worldwide?

Thank you.

Note:  I deleted the italicized paragraphs in my initial statement and then used the quote in my follow-up remarks, which were video recorded, see above.