National controversy has erupted over the expanding use of unmanned aerial drones by local police departments. These drones undermine not only privacy, but also security and fiscal responsibility. Vulnerable to hacking, proliferation, dangerous crashes in civilian areas, and potentially other threats, the domestic deployment of drones runs the risk of undermining public safety. Drones have also been used abroad to kill American citizens who have never been convicted of a criminal offense.
Few violations of our constitutional principles could be so fundamental than the authority to kill at whim, yet that is precisely what drones have offered to our nation’s leaders. Take action now, and sign the RootsAction petition calling for the end of weaponized drone usage.
BORDC has joined with RootsAction and other allied organizations to support this petition. The petition will be delivered to:
- United Nations Secretary General, urging him to investigate the concerns of Navi Pillay, the U.N.’s top human rights official, that drone attacks violate international law — and to ultimately pursue sanctions against nations using, possessing, or manufacturing weaponized drones;
- Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, petitioning him to investigate grounds for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for drone attacks;
- U.S. Secretary of State, and the ambassadors to the United States from the nations of the world, asking them to ratify a treaty forbidding the possession or use of weaponized drones.
- President Barack Obama, urging him to abandon the use of weaponized drones, and to abandon his “kill list” program regardless of the technology employed;
- Majority and Minority Leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, asking them to ban the use or sale of weaponized drones.
Samantha A. Peetros