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Anti-Drone Warfare Coalition
I will describe the newly formed Pittsburgh Anti-Drone-Warfare Coalition and the actions that we have taken and are planning to take to end drone warfare.


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  • 1. Ignite Pittsburgh • October 23, 2013 • Brillobox Pete Shell Co-coordinator, Pittsburgh Anti-Drone-Warfare Coalition
  • 2. Anti-Drone-Warfare Coalition A project of
  • 3. ANTI-DRONE WARFARE COALITION Is:  Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee  Code Pink Women for Peace  Veterans for Peace  American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)  Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom  The Greens  Several dedicated interns and volunteers
  • 4. Where Are Drones Used?  U.S. government has increasingly deployed them in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.  Especially in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen.  The United States is not officially at war with these countries.
  • 5. Drone Warfare Doesn’t Make the U.S. Safer  For every one person killed by drones, several enemies of the U.S. are created.  U.S. strikes have helped recruitment to violent armed groups and motivated more violent attacks.  Three quarters of Pakistanis now consider the United States to be an enemy.
  • 6. Impact of Drone Warfare: • U.S. drone strikes have killed 100’s of civilians in Pakistan – including whole households. • Families are afraid to attend weddings or funerals because of U.S. drone strikes. • Civilians live in constant fear since drones could strike at any time. • U.S. drones have facilitated recruitment to violent non-state armed groups.
  • 7. U.S. Drone Strikes Violate International Law  A recent Congressional Research Service report stated that drone strikes run afoul of international law.  International law experts say that attacks on civilian rescuers are clearly illegal.  Many drone strikes may constitute war crimes according to …     Amnesty International Human Rights Watch Christof Heyns, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Richard Falk, Professor of International Affairs at Princeton University
  • 8. U.S. Drone Strikes Violate U.S. Law  Judge Katherine Forrest ruled that the 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force did not cover mere "supporters" of such groups.  She questioned whether it covered "associated forces.“  Under this ruling "signature strikes" and "secondary strikes" would be illegal under U.S. law.  “Outside of armed conflict, the use of drones for targeted killings is almost never likely to be legal” -- Phillip Alston, Law Professor.
  • 9. U.S. Drone Strikes Violate the Magna Carta  The Magna Carta is the basis of our legal system.  It recognized that anybody accused of a crime has a right to be judged by a jury of one’s peers.  With drones, the President and his advisers arrogate to themselves the role of judge, jury and executioner.  Drones nullify gains in human rights dating back to 1215.
  • 10. Drones Are Coming to the U.S. • Metropolitan police and county sheriffs are acquiring smaller drones to assist their SWAT operations. • Congress recently mandated that the Federal Aviation Administration open domestic airspace to private and commercial drones by 2015. • Congress also required the FAA to speed up the licensing of government drones -- military, homeland security, and law enforcement -- in commercial U.S. airways. • A drone operating base just opened in Horsham, PA (outside of Philadelphia). • Drones use technology developed at CMU.
  • 11. ANTI-DRONE WARFARE COALITION Does: • • • • Tables, flyers, shows films about drones. Plans to put on a play about drones. Is part of a state-wide network against drones. Holds rallies to end drone warfare.
  • 12. RALLY AGAINST DRONE WARFARE! • Sat., Nov. 30 • 2pm – 3:30pm • Forbes & Murray, Squirrel Hill
  • 13. ANTI-DRONE WARFARE COALITION Join Us! • Meets the 3rd Sunday of each month -- except the next meeting which is Nov. 24th • 1:30 PM • At the Thomas Merton Center • 5129 Penn Avenue in Garfield
  • 14. For More Info • • • • Go to droneswatch.org Or thomasmertoncenter.org Francine Porter francineporter@aol.com Or Pete Shell pshell@cmu.edu