Friday, August 15, 2014

Rep. Lee and Rep. Johnson: Support the "Come Clean on Drones Killing" Bill!

The Texas delegation in Congress has a large number of presumptive drone supporters -- members of the Congressional Drones Caucus.

The issue of drones on the border is heating up.

At the same time, there are some members of Congress from Texas who should be expected to support controls on drones, drone killings, and drone surveillance.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18)
Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) are members of the progressive caucus in Congress. 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 Reps. Lee and Johnson's fellow progressive caucus members have become co-sponsors for the bill. So where are Rep. Lee and Rep. Johnson?

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

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Rep. Johnson's constituents need to contact her and urge her 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)

Related posts

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 Fellowship of Reconciliation and Amnesty International rallied students at UT Austin on Tuesday for a demonstration taking place as part of the April Days of Action Against Drones. As reported in the Daily Texan, English Professor Snehal Shingavi spoke about human rights violations implicit in drone warfare as well as the depletion of domestic budgets entailed by spending on the research of drone technology.

(See April Days of Action Against Drones comes to AUSTIN )

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)?)