VETERANS URGE DRONE OPERATORS TO REFUSE ORDERS TO FLY

Veterans TodayVETERANS URGE DRONE OPERATORS TO REFUSE ORDERS TO FLY

David Swanson

FILE In this undated handout file photo provided by the U.S. Air Force, an MQ-9 Reaper, armed with GBU-12 Paveway II laser guided munitions and AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, is piloted by Col. Lex Turner during a combat mission over southern Afghanistan. An instruction on camouflaging cars is one of 22 tips on how to avoid drones, listed on a document left behind by the Islamic extremists as they fled northern Mali from a French military intervention in January. The tip sheet, found Feb. 6, 2013 by an AP reporter in Timbuktu, reflects how al-Qaida s chapter in North Africa anticipated a military intervention that would make use of drones, as the battleground in the war on terror worldwide is shifting from boots on the ground to unmanned planes in the air.(AP Photo/Lt. Col.. Leslie Pratt, US Air Force, File)

In a letter released today by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions.  These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.”

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