president obama second term
Administration Must Account to Congress for Targeted
House will not even release the legal advice about its
drone kill policy. The American people needs full
November 17, 2012 "The Guardian" -- According to news reports, President Obama
maintains a list of alleged militants to be assassinated.
Some are US citizens. None will get to plead his case.
The president tells us to trust that this is all
perfectly legal and constitutional, even though Congress
is not allowed to see any legal justification. The weapon
of choice in these assassinations: remote-controlled
planes called drones.
targeted killing of suspects by the United States is slowly and
quietly becoming institutionalized as a permanent feature
of the US counterterrorism strategy. Unless members of
Congress begin to push back, such killings will continue
without any oversight, transparency or
accountability. Victims of drone strikes including
US citizens are secretly stripped of their right
to due process and are arbitrarily deprived of their life,
in violation of international human
attempted characterization of drones as a precise weapon
is irrelevant and chilling because it values the alleged
high-tech efficiency of the killing above the rule of law.
Drones are a weapon that must be subject to the same
constraints and laws as every other weapon employed by
the US government. As the authors of a recent groundbreaking
report by Stanford and New York Universities on drones in Pakistan powerfully stated:
the United States, the dominant narrative about the
use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise
and effective tool that makes the US safer by
enabling 'targeted killing' of terrorists, with
minimal downsides of collateral impacts. This
narrative is false."
years into the Obama administration's vast expansion of the
program, members of Congress and the public are still
being denied access to internal legal memos, which
purportedly serve as the basis of the legal justification
for such killings. More than a decade after 9/11, even
people in support of the program recognize its risks. A
former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst and adviser to the
administration likened the policy to mowing
got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop
mowing, the grass is going to grow back."
other words, the perceived short-term benefits may be
obscuring significant long-term costs.
strikes do not occur in a vacuum. They have very real
consequences for our long-term national security. In
Pakistan,they have fueled
significant anti-American sentiment and serve as a
powerful recruitment tool for terrorists. According to
some estimates, our drone strikes have resulted in the death and
injury of thousands of innocent civilians. Despite repeated claims
that such drone strikes are vital to ensuring our safety,
the number of "high-level" targets killed as a
percentage of total casualties is extremely low estimated at just 2%.
world is now our battlefield. Our credibility as a voice
for human rights has been undermined. A dangerous
precedent has been set for all nations.
US government officials, including the president, want to
ensure the safety of the United States. At the same time,
we have a responsibility to the American people to ensure
that programs being conducted in our name are done with
at least a minimum of transparency and accountability. We
have a responsibility to re-evaluate these policies if
there is any indication that they could be harmful to us
in the long run.
of where one stands on the efficiency of the United
States' use of drone strikes as a cornerstone of its
counterterrorism strategy, we can all agree that Congress
must fully exercise its oversight powers to ensure that
the program is being conducted in accordance with the law.
This means examining what civilian protection measures
if any the CIA and the Joint Special
Operations Command (JSOC) use when conducting drone
strikes; requiring the administration to make available
its legal justification for such strikes; and evaluating
the strategic value of this program in comparison to
other available counterterrorism tools.
must reject the notion that Congress and the American
people have to be kept in the dark when it comes to
modern warfare. We must begin with a full and robust
debate on the ramifications of these policies. We must
insist upon full accountability and transparency.
© 2012 Guardian News and
the Pressure - Demand Obama Stop the Extrajudicial
Killing of Black People
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2012 09:35:10 -0500
Now that Barack Obama has been reelected President of the
United States of America, it is imperative that the
racial justice movement hold him and his administration
accountable for the extrajudicial killing of Black and
throughout the country.
The Obama administration must assert its authority over
the various law enforcement entities throughout the
country and stop the discriminatory policies and programs
that demean and endanger Black life like racial profiling,
stop and frisk, the war on drugs, and mandatory minimum
sentencing that facilitates mass incarceration.
Our movements must step up our organizing and action over
the course of the next several days, weeks, months and
years to ensure that the Obama administration complies
with our demands. We call on you to once again join us in
raising the basic demands listed below by continuing to
call, fax, and email the White House and the Department
of Justice and tell them to act now!
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Every 36 Hours a Black Person is killed by the Police in
the United States
Take Action Now!
In the first six months of 2012, one Black person every
36 hours was executed in the United States. Since January
1, 2012, police and a much smaller number of security
guards and self-appointed vigilantes have murdered at
least 140 Black women, men and children.
This epidemic constitutes an egregious human rights
crisis that the Federal Government has a fundamental
obligation to address. As party to the Convention to
Eliminate all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD) the
United States government has an obligation to protect the
lives of racial minorities. The government is also
obligated under various civil rights laws and executive
orders to protect the lives of African Americans.
The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement urges you to demand
that the White House and the Department of Justice take
the following corrective measures to respect, protect,
and fulfill the human rights of African Americans:
1. A Federal investigation into the civil and human
rights violations taking place with the impunity of local
police forces throughout the country.
2. A Federal review of the rules of engagement
authorizing the use of deadly force being employed by
police forces throughout the country.
3. The creation of a Federal database, in line with the
2008 CERD Committee recommendations, that documents cases
of extrajudicial killings and acts of police brutality
against racial minorities throughout the United States.
4. The issuing of Federal injunctions against those
police departments where two or more extrajudicial
killings of Black people have occurred over the past nine
5. The issuing of Federal consent decrees
authorizing the creation of locally elected Police
Control Boards in cities and/or counties that demonstrate
patterns of systemic racial profiling, brutality, and
6. The creation of a National Plan of Action for Racial
Justice to eliminate institutional racism and its
expressions in racial profiling, police brutality,
extrajudicial killing, mass incarceration and
discrimination in housing, educational access, health
care, employment, banking and credit markets.
Please call or email the White House and the Department
of Justice at the addresses provided below and make your
202.456.1111 Comment Line
202.456.2461 Fax Number
To email the White House use the following linkhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
now that President Obama has been elected to a
will finally receive a response to our letters and
petitions concerning Juneteenth and honoring the
Americans of African descent who built the
Ronald V. Myers, Sr., M.D., Founder &
Observance Foundation (NJOF)