To: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate
Congress: End 'Signature Strikes'
End "signature" drone strikes against people whose identities are unknown. These drone strikes pose the greatest risk of civilian casualties, are most dubious legally, and create the most ill will toward America.
Why is this important?
Individuals who are not clearly participating in armed combat are entitled by international law to a presumption of civilian status, which signature strikes effectively deny by classifying unknown people as "militants" and therefore "targetable" based on secret intelligence, of unknown accuracy, that their behavior or appearance is judged to be "typical of militants." Signature strikes have led to a high proportion of civilian casualties, which violates international law. U.S. refusal to acknowledge the potential harm to civilians can increase blowback from impacted communities and denies victims the justice they deserve. ‘Signature’ drone strikes pose the greatest risk of killing civilians, are the most dubious legally, and create tremendous blowback against America.
Tell Congress to move now to end these signature strikes, save innocent lives, protect America from the blowback of killing innocent civilians, and restore the rule of law.
Organizations Signed On:
Brave New Foundation
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Historians Against the War
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
Just Foreign Policy
Office of the Americas
Peace Action West
United for Peace and Justice
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)