It is the plan of our governments, the military, and industry, to use drones and robots as weapons of choice as well as tools for increased domestic surveillance.
The number of drones being designed, manufactured, and purchased increases the number of installations and, potentially, the fatalities and injuries of the innocent. As the government pursues its plans to fully open US airspace to drone traffic, the safety of those in private and commercial planes will also be compromised by these stealth weapons, undetectable by design.
Under the Obama administration, the use of drones as weapons has increased dramatically, with serious legal, moral, and philosophical implications. Surveillance drones, which could become weaponized, create concern for our privacy and freedoms when deployed in US airspace.
The Veterans for Peace working group on drones has been established to:
DRONE STRIKE - United States TERRORISM
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Drones Working Group Update
VFP members all over the country (and the UK!) have been heavily involved in anti-drone activities for some time now, and the working group will attempt to better coordinate and publicize the work that is being done.
Recently, several members of VFP attended the second “Drones Summit” in Washington, DC. Over 300 people participated in the 4-day event, which began on Friday, November 15th with a rally and march from the White House to the offices of General Atomics. Saturday and Sunday were filled with panel discussions, presentations, workshops, strategy sessions and networking, and many folks stuck around for a lobby day on Monday. There was also a direct action resulting in four arrests on Monday at the office of Senator Chuck Schumer, an outspoken advocate of combat drones. For many of the attendees, a highlight of the Summit was listening to the first-hand accounts of three Yemeni drone victims who had traveled all the way from Yemen to tell us their stories and to present a briefing to Congress.
One of the action items resulting from the summit was the plan to create an international coalition against drones, particularly armed drones. A website will be created to coordinate the activities of the coalition.
Veterans For Peace is in a particularly good position to be an effective player in this anti-drones work since we have chapters all over the country, and now in the UK as well. Many of our members have been at the forefront of the work. Examples include:
If you would like to be a part of the Drones Working Group, or if you are doing anti-drone work that you want us to know about, please contact Leah Bolger (firstname.lastname@example.org) who has recently taken the reins as the chair of the Drones WG.
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Hidden History: America’s Secret Drone War in Africa
More secret bases. More and better unmanned warplanes. More frequent and deadly robotic attacks. Some five years after a U.S. Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flew the type’s first mission over lawless Somalia, the shadowy American-led drone campaign in the Horn of Africa is targeting Islamic militants more ruthlessly than ever. (READ MORE)
Restrict Drone use Within City Limits
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