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The CIA currently controls a program which  utilizes drones - unmanned planes - to target and bomb specific areas in  the Middle East in an attempt to destroy members of the Taliban. While  the program does seem to have frightened Taliban insurgents and left  them with few safe areas, the program is far too secretive and has killed dozens of innocent, uninvolved civilians.  It is also cultivating hatred for the United States, as people who have had friends or family killed in these strikes suddenly have great incentive to join the terrorists.

The CIA needs to ease up on these strikes and open the program to intense scrutiny by the U.S. government.  Please sign this petition asking them to decrease the number of strikes considerably, turn the program over to the U.S. military so that the government can keep tabs on it more easily, and/or abandon the program altogether.  

Please also like my Facebook page, dedicated to stopping these innocents' deaths:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Civilian-Death-in-CIA-Strikes/159277120749748

Letter to
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Senate
President of the United States
We, the undersigned, urge you to reconsider the CIA's drone strike program that has killed numerous civilians in the Middle East and Africa. While the program is causing problems for terrorists, and leaving the Taliban with few safe areas, the fact that it is killing so many civilians is unacceptable. If we are killing innocent, uninvolved people in order to combat terrorism, then we are no better than the terrorists themselves. This program has been brought into question more than once by the United Nations, and the legality of it under international law has also been a concern. Putting innocent people at so much risk is a violation of human rights.

Not only that, but the program is also stirring up hatred for the United States. Muslim men view Americans as cowardly as they sit behind desks and push buttons to destroy targets thousands of miles away. But mostly, this is dangerous in regards to the families of those killed - if the United States kills someone with "friendly fire," their remaining family and friends suddenly have great incentive to join the terrorist side. The success of the program does not balance out the harm it is causing.

We urge you to please greatly reduce the number of strikes and open this program up to further scrutiny by the U.S. government. Please also consider turning it over to the military so that it can be watched more closely. And, if possible, please abandon this program altogether, so that no more civilians will be killed.

Thank you for serving the people.