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PROTEST US KILLER DRONES, JUNE 29, 2013 AT 3PM
900 block of Dolley Madison Blvd., Langley, VA
The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance calls for a protest at the Central Intelligence Agency on June 29, 2013 starting at 3PM opposing the continued use of drones by the US Military and CIA. The US Military is using drones in it's illegal wars of aggression and the CIA in particular is killing people with these extrajudicial death squads of the skies. We must come out and protest the killer drones and hold the CIA and US Government officials accountable.
1. NCNR filed a criminal complaint, against President Obama and CIA Director Brennan, with the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia on May 21, 2013 in Alexandria, VA. NCNR has also sent a letter to CIA Director John Brennan expressing the concerns of millions of people around the world that the drone killing cease immediately. NCNR has neither heard back from the US Attorney's office nor John Brennan. NCNR therefore calls others to join us on June 29, 2013 when we will go to the Central Intelligence Agency calling for an end to the killer drones.
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR NONVIOLENT RESISTANCE
325 E. 25th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
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May 21, 2013
Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia,
United States Attorney’s Office
2100 Jamieson Ave
Alexandria, VA 22314
Dear Mr. MacBride,
We the undersigned citizens hereby petition the U.S Attorney in Fairfax County under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, to wit, we are bringing a criminal complaint requesting a war crimes indictment against President Barack Obama, CIA Director John Brennan, and other government personnel for the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) which are used for extrajudicial and illegal purposes, causing the deaths of thousands of innocent civilians in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, and other places around the world.
Please accept this criminal complaint and take appropriate action against these war crimes.
Members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
WAR CRIMES INDICTMENT
When an individual becomes a public servant, serving in a government position, he or she publicly promises to uphold the United States Constitution. The US Constitution states:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
This clause is known as the Supremacy Clause because it provides that the Constitution and laws of the U.S., including treaties made under authority of the U.S. shall be supreme law of the land. The Supremacy Clause provides part of the Supreme Law of the Land. One Treaty duly ratified by the U.S. is the United Nations Charter. It was ratified by a vote of 89 to 2 in the U.S. Senate, and signed by the President in 1945. It remains in effect today. As such, it is part of the supreme law of the land. The Preamble of the U.N. Charter states that its purpose is to “save future generations from the scourge of war” and it further states, “all nations shall refrain from the use of force against another nation.”
This Treaty applies both collectively and individually to all three branches of government, on all levels, U.S. federal, state and local governments, starting with the executive branch: the U.S. President and the executive staff; the judicial branch: all judges and staff members of the judiciary; the legislative branch: all members of the U.S. Armed Forces and all departments of Law Enforcement and all civilian staff, who have sworn to uphold the Constitution, which includes Article VI.
Under the U.N. Charter and long established international laws, anyone--civilian, military, government officials, or judges- who knowingly participate in or support illegal use of force against another nation or its people is committing a war crime.
The Central Intelligence Agency, overseen by President Obama and relevant US Congressional Committees, engages in the use of drones (UAVs) to target and kill people without guilt of any crime. Those following orders, from the president and down through the chain of command, after promising to uphold the United States Constitution, and promising to obey Treaties and International Law – as part of the Supreme Law of the Land, and furthermore, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of the U.S., are required to disobey any clearly unlawful order from a superior.
Based on all the above,
WE, THE PEOPLE, CHARGE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA, DIRECTOR OF THE CIA, JOHN BRENNAN, THOSE PLANNING THE TARGETED KILLING BY THESE DRONES, THOSE OPERATING CIA DRONES, AND THE FULL MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND WITH CRIMES AGAINST PEACE & CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, WITH VIOLATIONS OF PART OF THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS, WARS OF AGGRESSION, VIOLATION OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, AND KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS.
These drones are being used not only in combat situations for the purpose of assassinations but also for killings far removed from combat zones without military defense, to assassinate individuals and groups far removed from military action.
Extra judicial killings, such as those the U.S. carries out by drones are an intentional, premeditated, and deliberate use of lethal force to commit murder in violation of U.S. and International Law. It is a matter of public record that the US has used drones in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq for targeted killings to target specific individuals which has nearly always resulted in the deaths of many others. There is no legal basis for defining the scope of area where drones can or cannot be used, no legal criteria for deciding which people can be targeted for killing, no procedural safeguards to ensure the legality of the decision to kill and the accuracy of the assassinations.
We believe we have a responsibility to file this criminal complaint. We cite Misprision of a Felony, 18 USC § 4 - Misprision of felony, http://www.law.cornell.edu/usc
In support of this indictment we also cite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, who has said that the use of drones creates “a highly problematic blurring of the law applicable to the use of inter-state force.... The result has been the displacement of clear legal standards with a vaguely defined license to kill, and the creation of a major accountability vacuum.... In terms of the legal framework, many of these practices violate straightforward applicable legal rules.” See United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council Study on Targeted Killings, 28, May 2010.
To further bolster our case, and to illustrate the seriousness with which others around the world view our actions, we quote from http://dissenter.firedoglake.c
The drone attacks supported, ordered, and executed by the CIA are a deliberate illegal use of force against another nation, and as such are a felonious violation of Article VI of the US Constitution. By giving material support to the drone program, the individuals named in this complaint are violating the United States Constitution, dishonoring their oath, and committing war crimes. We demand that the CIA stop immediately and end all drone attacks, being accountable to the people of United States and Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
As citizens of this nation, which maintains CIA bases around the globe with the largest, most deadly military arsenal in the world, we believe these words of Martin Luther King still hold true, ”the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government”.
There is hope for a better world when WE, THE PEOPLE, hold our government accountable to the laws and treaties that govern the use of lethal force and war. To the extent that we ignore our laws and constitution and allow for the unchecked use of lethal force by our government, allowing the government to kill whoever it wants, where ever it wants, however it wants with no accountability, we make the world less safe for children everywhere.
We appeal to the Court of Fairfax County, all United States citizens, military and civilian, and to all public officials, to do as required by the Nuremburg Principles I-VII, and by Conscience, to refuse to participate in these crimes, to denounce them, and to resist them nonviolently.
Joy First, Mt. Horeb WI
Malachy Kilbride, Arlington, VA
Max Obuszewski, Baltimore, MD
Members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance
Also signing on:
Leslie Angeline, San Francisco, CA, CodePink - Women for Peace, Women in Black, Council of Grandmothers, Gaza Ark, Fasting in Solidarity with the Hunger Strikers of Guantanamo, Palestine and Pelican Bay, Peace with Iran
Ellen E Barfield, Baltimore, MD, Phil Berrigan Memorial Chapter Veterans For Peace,
War Resisters League, Baltimore Pledge of Resistance
David Barrows, Code Pink, Washington, DC
Medea Benjamin, Code Pink
Toby Blome, Physical Therapist, Bay Area CodePink
Sushila Cherian, Florida, CodePink group
Jessica Clark of Kalamazoo Michigan from the Peace Center
Nuala Cohen, Burke, VA
Trudy Cooper, Portland, Oregon, Code Pink Delegation to Pakistan
Margaret Copi MD, Oakland, CA 94602
Steve First, Mt. Horeb, WI
Mary FlanaganOakland, CA 94609
Christine Gaunt, Grinnell, IA
Carol E. Gay, President, NJ State Industrial Union Council, Brick, NJ 08724
Jack Gilroy, Co-Chair, St James Peace/Justice, Johnson City, NY
Susan Harmen, Ed.D., Bay Area Code Pink
Wendy Hershey, Concord, CA, Citizen and taxpayer of the US
Stephanie Jennings, San Diego, CA, Women occupy San Diego, Karama, Arab & Islamic world information project
Dave Lambert, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Indiana Peace & Justice
Barbara Larcom, Baltimore, MD, Casa Baltimore/Limay
Norm Littlejohn, Madison, Wisconsin, Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Br. John Mahoney, Baltimore, MD Maleki, Somerset, NJ
Theodore Majdosz, Alexandria, VA
Ray McGovern, Veterans for Peace
Jack McHale, Pax Christi, USA
Nick Mottern, Director-KnowDrones.com
G. Pacifica, Oakland Code Pink
Cynthia Papermaster, Berkeley, California, Codepink Golden Gate Chapter, Berkeley No More Guantanamos, National Accountability Action Network
Janet Parker, Madison, WI, Farley Center for Peace, Justice, and Sustainability
Lindis Percy, CAMPAIGN FOR THE ACCOUNTABILITY OF AMERICAN BASES – CAAB UK
Carleen Pikard, San Francisco, CA, Global Exchange
Lars Prip, Afton, WI 53501
Ward Reilly...Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Veterans For Peace, Vietnam Veterans Against the War-OSS, Iraq Veterans Against the War...Advisory Board member
Laura Rolen, Richmond, CA
Margo Shafer, Berkeley, CA
Jay Wenk, Town Board councilman in Woodstock, NY
Bill Wylie-Kellermann, St Peter's episcopal church, Creative Resistance affinity Group
Letter to CIA Director John Brennan:
Dear Mr. Brennan:
Wefollowed with great interest the progress of your nomination by President
Obama to be head of the Central Intelligence Agency. Now that the United States
Senate has confirmed you as CIA director and you were sworn into office, we must
write to you about our deep concerns regarding the use of unmanned aerial
vehicles, also known as drones, by the CIA in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other
CIA-operateddrones have been usedtokill people who have not been convicted of any crime,
including US citizens. As you know,in 2011 in
drone attacks were used to kill, first,Anwar Al-Awlaki
and weeks later his son. They were U.S. citizens,who werenever charged,
brought to trial, or convicted of any crime.
The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for
Constitutional Rights brought a lawsuit in US federal court against the Obama
Administration regarding the assassination of Al-Awlaki. The suit was
lost on procedural grounds, however, the judge in the case stated"Can the
executive order the assassination of a US citizen without first affording him
any form of judicial process whatsoever, based on the mere assertion that he is
a dangerous member of a terrorist organization?"
We find this case to be alarming as it goes directly to important
constitutional issues, due process, and international law. We concur with
Michael Ratner, recent president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, who
stated "The dire implications of this killing should not be lost on any of
us. There appears to be no limit to the president's power to kill anywhere in
the world, even if it involves killing a citizen of his own country. Today, it's
in Yemen; tomorrow, it could be in the UK or even in the United
In addition, the CIA drone program has been used to kill political
opponents of foreign governments the US supports. This happened in 2010 in
Yemen, when a state governor who opposed President Ali Abdullah Saleh was
labeled as a leader of Al Qaeda and killed by CIA drones. We do not see actions
like this as promoting peace or stability in this troubled region. In fact,
violent actions like this on the part of the US military and the CIA in
sovereign countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen will only promote more
terrorism directed at the US.
We are also disturbed by the lack of transparency and oversight by
our congress. In spite of positive statements about you and the drone program by
members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee, there appears to be lack of
oversight and understanding of the CIA drone program. For example, committee
chair Senator Diane Fienstein recently said, on the first day of your nomination
hearing, that she didnâ€™t know that all combat age males were considered
targets by the US drone program. This particular fact of targeting of combat age
males had been reported over a year ago by The New York Times and other news
organizations. If facts like this are public knowledge and
members of congress are still unaware, then how much more ignorant can they be
of the CIA drone program if they aren't informed by your agency?
In spite of assurances from President Obama that the victims of
drone strikes are surgical targets,it has been reported that hundreds of victims who are
innocent of crimes against the US have been killed including civilian men,
women, and children. These people have names and families who love them.
Furthermore, people attending funerals in Pakistan have been killed by drone
strikes. Reporters with the United Kingdom based Bureau of Investigative
Journalism have reported that between 282 and 535 civilians have been
credibly reported as killed including more than 60 children. A three month
investigation including eye witness reports has found evidence that at least 50
civilians were killed in follow-up strikes when they had gone to help victims.
More than 20 civilians have also been attacked in deliberate strikes on funerals
and mourners. The tactics have been condemned by leading legal
We hope that you will take our concerns seriously as it is our
position that the use of these drones to kill alleged criminals or terrorists
without trial and conviction of any crime is illegal and immoral and increases
the ill will directed toward the United States.
We have written to President Obama and the Secretary of Defense
several times in the past with our concerns. We must state again in this letter
to you what we said to President Obama: As members of peace and justice
organizations opposed to your continuation of the Bush administration's failed
wars, we are writing to condemn your use of unmanned aerial vehicles (or drones)
to kill citizens in at least seven countries. Besides opposing your war
policies, we have great concern for people caught up in conflicts in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, the Philippines, Somalia and Yemen. The use
of drones is wrong on many levels: the illegality and immorality of
assassinations, the violation of international law and the Constitutional
protection of due process, the targeting of civilian populations, and the
disregard of sovereignty. We are especially troubled by your refusal to release
the flawed document which purportedly gives you legal cover to determine who is
on the kill listâ€¦We believe U.S. wars and drone attacks have been
demonstrable failures. Now is the time to take the risks of peace. Imagine
leading a country which has denounced the madness of war, and instead wants to
assist and make friendship with the people of the Middle East and Central
We believe the US killer drone program by the CIA and the use of
drones to kill by the U.S. military must be brought to an end
Because we take seriously our Nuremberg
obligations,we ask that you respond and meet with us to discuss the
termination of the use of drones by the CIA and the U.S. military. We would be
prepared to meet with relevant policy-makers from the CIA, the Pentagon, and the
Obama Administration to discuss our proposal to immediately end killer drone
strikes and to start a process of healing with the victims of U.S. wars. Please
give serious consideration to our proposal of reconciliation and diplomacy
rather than pernicious killer drone strikes.
We look forward to your response. Rejecting our proposal will mean
more death and destruction abroad. We will then continue to protest, risk
arrest, and denounce the CIA and U.S. military use of killer drones and a
foreign policy of endless wars.
Malachy Kilbride, National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance