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Put Predator Drones on Trial in Pakistan
  • Petitioning President of the United States

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Put Predator Drones on Trial in Pakistan

    1. Matthew Cecil
    2. Petition by

      Matthew Cecil

      Jacksonville, FL

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Put Predator Drones on Trial in Pakistan is now the official petition of Citizens Against Drones.  Thank you for participating.

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Update July 20th: According to Brennan, Barack Obama himself has ‘insisted’ that US drone strikes are ‘exceptionally surgical and precise’ and ‘do not put… innocent men, women and children in danger’.

Claims by President Obama’s chief counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan that ‘there hasn’t been a single collateral [civilian] death’ in Pakistan since August 2010 are found to be untrue today, following a major Bureau investigation.

Detailed examination by the Bureau of 116 CIA ‘secret’ drone strikes in Pakistan since August 2010 has uncovered at least 10 individual attacks in which 45 or more civilians appear to have died.  Source: The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

"Drone strikes in Pakistan have and continue to kill civilians. The administration is not telling the truth. These strikes make us less safe and should end, now." -- Source: Rethink Afghanistan

Drone crashes after 'hitting bird.'-- Source: Tribune 

 

Update July 9, 11:  Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar the defense minster of Pakistan has ordered the US military to vacate the Shamsi secret airbase currently used by The United States to launch drone strikes. The United States has already rejected Pakistan's demand to vacate the Shamsi Airbase.

Sources: PressTV , Nation

-----------------------------------Original Petition-----------------------------------

The United States' drone bombing policy has quiet litterally terrorized a nation feircly concerned for its soverignty admists a decade long American military deployment into Iraq and Afghanistan.  Drone strikes are killing more civilians than terrorists, have foment more hatred against Americans than any other current policy and has been a counter productive strategy that since day one has radicalized rural Pastun nationalist into sympathizing with the Taliban.  'Put Predator Drones on Trial in Pakistan' is a petition to end President Obama's current campeign of predator drone bombings in Pakistan that have killed countless civilians.

"Today the Pakistani state — that is its government and security structures - stands exposed as never before in front of its own people as well as the world. Never before, since 1971, has the Pakistani nation felt so defenceless and so full of anger and shame."  These are the words of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Pakistan Movement for Justice) and founder of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre.

In reaction to Pakistan's diplorably weak leadership, opposition leader Imran Khan announced a two day sit-in protest in Karachi on May 21 and 22 to block NATO supplies, and demonstrate against US drone strikes.  The chariman has called upon PM Gilani and President Zardari to immediately step down.

It is obvious Pakistan has been assisting America fight the 'War on Terror' like all USA client states since 9/11, but contraditoray to the truth Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has consistantly denied the Pakistani Military's assistance citing distrust and carefuly dodging questions on drone bombing policy. The Pakistani Army has lost over 35,000 soliders fighting militant extremists in their own country and Hillary Clinton's claim Pakistani Intelegence was harboring terrorist is disrespectful to the memory of those brave soldiers and instigates unncessary conflict.

Pakistanis are determine to decide their own fate and USA foriegn policy makers must be forced to acknowledge breaches of soverigenty are the main cause of violence and idealogical radicalization.  Without a doubt supporting the pacifist Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition group is the most important step Americans can take to undo the damage our policies have caused.

"Drone strikes constitute not only a blatant breach of Pakistan’s sovereignty, but it is also a grave violation of the international humanitarian laws where the US acts as the judge, jury and the excutioner - all put into one -  killing suspects’ wives and children."

And even though Imran Khan denounces foriegn military drone strikes he has always stood strongly against militant extremism in his country of Pakistan, not to simply gain public support, but to further elivate all of Pakistan to have a greater respect for rule of law.

"The tribal people, who have never been involved in terrorism, need to be co-opted into a national policy to fight and isolate the real terrorists. Rule of Law is critical and all militant groups, private armies and other non-state actors carrying arms must be disarmed. There can be no exceptions to this rule."

Petition picture and name inspired by The Onion News Network.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Amnesty International 2013 Drone Bomb Report

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      As part of Amnesty International's renewed dedication to stop drone bombing they have released this report of 2013's most criminal drone bombing incidences.

      http://blog.amnestyusa.org/middle-east/the-year-in-drones-the-secrets-exposed-promises-made-and-ugly-realities-that-remain/

      The Year in Drones: The Secrets Exposed, Promises Made and Ugly Realities That Remain

      Nearly every month of 2013 brought a devastating revelation about the secret U.S. drone program, which has reportedly involved more than 400 drone strikes and killed more than 4,700 people. Here's a look back at the secrets that were exposed, the promises made, and the ugly realities that remain: January 2013: The White House reportedly finalizes a lethal "playbook" with rules for the secret killing of terrorism suspects.

    2. Reached 250 signatures
    3. Tehreek-e-Insaf Puts Predator Drones on Trial in Pakistan!

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      The US war shipments to Afghanistan through Pakistan have been blocked for the second time thanks to the efforts of Pakistan's third largest political party Tehreek-e-Insaf which recently began governing Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province after Pakistan's 2013 general elections. Tehreek-e-Insaf passed a resolution that threatens to block NATO supply lines through the region.

      The leader of Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan has said that the recent targeted killing of Taliban leaders had derailed peace talks.

      Put Predator Drones on Trial in Pakistan stands proudly by the Tehreek-e-Insaf party in their failed and successful attempts to cease drone bombing.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/world/asia/pakistani-party-votes-to-block-nato-supply-lines-if-drone-strikes-persist.html

      Pakistani Party Votes to Block NATO Supply Lines if Drones Persist

      LONDON - The ruling party in a northwestern province of Pakistan voted Monday to block NATO supply lines by Nov. 20 unless the United States stops its drone strikes in the nearby tribal belt. The party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, which governs Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, passed a resolution that threatened to block the supply lines through the region in response to a C.I.A.

    4. US drone strikes could be classed as war crimes, says Amnesty International

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      I'm happily surprised that after years of "secret" drone bombing going mostly unnoticed by human rights organizations that Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International are finally leading a joint campaign to categorize some of these drone bombings as war crimes.

      This is a big step forward for all those who believe and struggle for freedom and equality! I hope more organizations openly and strongly object to drone bombing in the future as a symbol of their dedication to justice everywhere.

    5. "No country...would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens."

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      "There's no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.”

      President Obama in Thailand: defends Israel's right to protect itself

      BANGKOK - President Barack Obama said Sunday an incursion by Israel's forces into the Gaza Strip could only deepen its death toll, cautioning against an escalation even as he defended the Jewish state's right to defend itself. Obama also warned Palestinians the crisis could crush peace hopes for years.

    6. President Hypocrites decrees bombing foreign citizens is intolerable!

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      This is not "The Onion" news. This is real...

      Speaking in Thailand Sunday Nov 18th, President Obama defended Israel's counter-assault on Hamas in the Gaza Strip by saying, "There's no country on Earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside its borders.”

      http://youtu.be/sMbH7FBGkRg?t=1m13s

    7. Success?

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      The Durand Line Massacre has forced an abrupt end to the illegal US drone bombing policies in Pakistan, but can Pakistanis be assured their skies will be drone free indefinitely? Unfortunately there is reason to suspect this is only a temporary adjustment to US drone policy and at any given moment drone bombing in Pakistan will resume.

      As such our continued effort to abolish the use of drone bombers in all corners of the globe are still needed and we've yet to create a winning strategy! Please if anyone wishes to co-op this project post your contact info and qualifications in a comment below.

    8. The Durand Line Massacre

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      "Pakistan accused NATO of killing 24 soldiers in what is being called the single deadliest air strike of the 10-year war in Afghanistan, and reportedly ordered a review of all co-operation with the US and NATO.

      Islamabad also closed the main border for NATO supplies into Afghanistan and gave the US 15 days to vacate a drone base in the country, The Times of India reported."

    9. Bah

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      So the petition is back here. WhiteHouse.gov has to many restrictions.

    10. THE PETITION HAS BEEN MOVED!!!

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      The petition has been moved directly to the WhiteHouse.gov webpage. It will be more difficult to raise signatures there, but it also has a greater chance of being viewed by the Obama Administration; this is not a trade off I made readily, but my feelings are this petition has already reached the limits of its potential. Thanks to all who signed, and I promise to continue organizing until the day Pakistan is free of foreign oppression.

    11. Ambassador Cameron Munter has Put Predator Drones on Trial in Pakistan!

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      "The American ambassador to Islamabad phoned Washington with an urgent plea: Stop an imminent CIA drone strike against militants on the Pakistani side of the Afghan border." -- The Associate Press

    12. Update July 20th

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      According to Brennan, Barack Obama himself has ‘insisted’ that US drone strikes are ‘exceptionally surgical and precise’ and ‘do not put… innocent men, women and children in danger’.

      Claims by President Obama’s chief counter-terror

    13. Update July 9, 11

      Matthew Cecil
      Petition Organizer

      Chaudhary Ahmed Mukhtar the defense minster of Pakistan has ordered the US military to vacate the Shamsi secret airbase currently used by The United States to launch drone strikes. The United States has already rejected Pakistan's proposal.

    14. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 3 months ago

      Der nächste Krieg wird von einer Furchtbarkeit sein wie noch keiner seiner Vorgänger.“

      ―Bertha von Suttner

      "The next war will be more horrible than any of his predecessors."

      -Bertha von Suttner

      Ich bin nicht sicher, mit welchen Waffen der dritte Weltkrieg ausgetragen wird, aber im vierten Weltkrieg werden sie mit Stöcken und Steinen kämpfen.

      Albert Einstein

      I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

      Albert Einstein

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    • Samia Faysal LAURENCE HARBOR, NJ
      • 7 months ago

      This is important for many reasons, one of them is that drones kill innocent people including children and women. Other reason is that Pakistan is a free sovereign nation. We cannot allow drone strikes to invade our lands. Third reason is that it helps increase violence.

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    • tara green ERIE, PA
      • 7 months ago

      No more death by drone killings. Too many innocents are dying and the innocents live in constant terror of attack. STOP!

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    • Marilyn Brouwer GRAND RAPIDS, MI
      • 7 months ago

      Because I don't believe in mass murder, why do you think? Dumbass question.

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      • 7 months ago
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