Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reps. Johson and Lewis: Support the "Come Clean on Drones Killing" Bill!

Rep. Henry "Hank" Johnson
Two progressive members of Congress from Georgia -- Henry Johnson and John Lewis -- both joined the May 10, 2012, letter demanding answers from the Administration about the drone killing program. That letter stated in part,

The implications of the use of drones for our national security are profound. They are faceless ambassadors that cause civilian deaths, and are frequently the only direct contact with Americans that the targeted communities have. They can generate powerful and enduring anti-American sentiment.

(See "26 Reps: Ensure Transparency and Accountability In The U.S. Combat Drone Program" in Just Foreign Policy)

Rep. John Lewis
Now a bill is pending in Congress -- the The Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act (HR 4372) -- also known as the "Come Clean on Drone Killing" Act. At this writing, quite a few of Rep. Johnson and Lewis' fellow progressive caucus members have become co-sponsors for the bill. So where are Rep. Johnson and Lewis?

Rep. Johnson's constituents need to contact him and urge him to co-sponsor the bill today.

Rep. Lewis' constituents need to contact him and urge him to co-sponsor the bill today.

 Additional resources to help:

Identify your member of Congress

Example letter to a member of Congress in support of HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act (the "come clean on drone killings" act)

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First Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) called the U.S. on the carpet for dodging the call from the international community to come clean about its drone killings. Then Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. So ... are we finally going to get the truth?

(See REAL Progressives Demand that the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings)

The Walk began April 26 at Ft. Benning, site of the School of the Americas where for decades Latin American troops have been trained in counter-insurgency and population control methods, and which is also now a testing site for killer drones. It concluded at Georgia Tech, where millions of Pentagon dollars fund research into further development of killer drones.

(See Massive anti-drone action today at Georgia Tech! )

A 2013 U.N. report makes it clear that the U.S. has to report fully on all its drone attacks.

(See 2014: The Year of Transparency (for U.S. Drone Use)?)