No to "Signature" Drone Strikes in Yemen and Pakistan
The U.S. government has been increasingly carrying out drone strikes in countries with which America is not at war, and killing people with drone strikes who have no dispute with the United States. Last week, the Washington Post reported that the CIA had asked for authority to expand its drone strike campaign in Yemen by launching strikes even when it does not know the identities of those who could be killed. Such "signature strikes" allow the CIA to hit targets based solely on intelligence indicating patterns of "suspicious behavior."
But such "signature strikes" increase the risk of killing innocent civilians, as well as the risk of killing people who have no dispute with the United States. This week, the New York Times and the Washington Post reported that authority to expand the drone war in Yemen has been granted, but that drone strikes in Yemen will still be more restricted than they have been in Pakistan.
Urge President Obama and your representatives in Congress to oppose "signature" drone strikes in Yemen and Pakistan.