Artists Against Drones

At CODEPINK we have been working to shed light on the cost of drone warfare. At the end of this week we have our second Drone conference to organize a global call for at the least a rule of law around the usage of these weapons with family members of victims from Yemen. We have traveled to Afghanistan and Yemen, bringing the stories of the Drone victims to the US Media and Congress. Over the past few weeks reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have revealed the cost of innocent lives, including children. Brave New Films released their film, UnManned on Drones revealing many of the costs including the pilots from the US Air Force. We have organized voices in the anti-war movement, religious communities and globally.

Will you add your voice to Artists Say No to Drone Warfare?

As members of the artistic community who yearn to live in a peaceful world, we are deeply concerned about the proliferation of drone warfare. The United States is leading the way in this new form of warfare where pilots based here at home kill people, by remote control, thousands of miles away.

Some aspects that we find particularly disturbing include:

  • The President and his aides draw up a Kill List in which they play the role of prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner. People on this secret Kill List have never been charged, tried or convicted in a court of law, and are given no opportunity to surrender;
  • Drone strikes kill not only their intended targets, but innocent people, including children, violating the sanctity of human life;
  • Drone strikes violate other nations' sovereignty;
  • Drones in the hands the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command keep the program veiled in secrecy. The lack of transparency and accountability violate the basic tenets of a democratic society;
  • Drones make killing more abstract, impersonal, antiseptic, convenient and “easy”;
  • Drone strikes fuel anti-American sentiment, radicalize local populations and perpetuate an endless cycle of violence.

We urge our government to put an end to this secretive, remote-controlled killing and instead promote foreign policies that are consistent with the values of a democratic and humane society.