Sunday, August 11, 2013

The campaign for a global ban on drones - 
weaponized flying robots - is gaining momentum

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U.S. drone strikes have dropped off dramatically in Pakistan this summer.[1] 

According to the Associated Press: "The CIA has been instructed to be more cautious with its attacks, limiting them to high-value targets and dropping the practice of so-called 'signature strikes' -- hitting larger groups of suspected militants based purely on their behavior, such as being armed and meeting with known militants, said a current U.S. intelligence official and a former intelligence official briefed on the drone program.

"The CIA embraced the measures, feeling the drone program may be under threat from public scrutiny, the officials said."
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Over 66,000 threats of public scrutiny have been posted as signatures on our petition to ban weaponized drones. Click here to increase that number.

Even as the drone strikes are diminished, new evidence continues to emerge as to how many victims have been innocent men, women, and children. A Pakistani government report, never meant for the public, finds at least 147 civilians, including 94 children, killed in 75 CIA and 5 NATO strikes.[3]

It's time for us to seize the momentum.  We aren't demanding a temporary reduction in drone strikes. We're demanding a complete global ban on weaponized flying robots.

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Footnotes:
1. BIJ: Obama 2013 Pakistan Drone Strikes
2. AP: Criticism Alters U.S. Drone Program in Pakistan
3. Democracy Now: First Leaked Pakistani Report on U.S. Drone War

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