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ACTION ALERT: "US Drones Killed My Mother"


September 27, 2013
Robert Greenwald / War Costs & Center for Civilians in Conflict

US drones have killed at least 176 innocent children. Rafiq, a school teacher from Pakistan, saw his 67-year-old mother killed by a US drone strike in 2012. His children, who were injured in the attack also witnessed their grandmother's horrific death. Rep. Alan Grayson invited the family to testify before Congress but the US State Department blocked Rafiq and his family from appearing, assuring that their story will never be heard by politicians or the US mainstream media.

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/my-mother-was-killed

176 Children Killed by US Drones
Name, Age, Date of Death

Unknown, 10, June 17, 2004
Unknown, 16, June 17, 2004
Unknown (3 girls) , age unknown, November 5, 2005
Abdul Wasit, 17, December 1, 2005
Noor Aziz, 8, December 1, 2005
Najibullah , 13, October 30, 2006
Adnan, 16, October 30, 2006
Inayatullah, 15, October 30, 2006
Iftikhar, 17, October 30, 2006
Wali-ur-Rahman, 17, October 30, 2006
Rahman, 13, October 30, 2006
Jamroz Khan, age unknown, October 30, 2006
Talha, 8, October 30, 2006
Sakirullah, 16, October 30, 2006
Nimatullah, 14, October 30, 2006
Shafiullah, 16, October 30, 2006
Qari Sharifullah, 17, October 30, 2006
Shabir, 15, October 30, 2006
Shehzad Gul, 11, October 30, 2006
Zabihullah, 16, October 30, 2006
Wilayat Khan, 11, October 30, 2006
Kitab Gul, 12, October 30, 2006
Hizbullah, 10, October 30, 2006
Naeemullah, 17, October 30, 2006
Noor Mohammad, 15, October 30, 2006
Ziaur Rhaman, 13, October 30, 2006
Inayatur Rahman, 17, October 30, 2006
Shaukat, 14, October 30, 2006
Ameer Said, 15, October 30, 2006
Darvesh, 13, October 30, 2006
Abdul Waris, 16, October 30, 2006
Saeedullah, 17, October 30, 2006
Siraj, 16, October 30, 2006
Abdus Samad, 17, October 30, 2006
Rahmatullah, 14, October 30, 2006
Alam Nabi, 11, October 30, 2006
Jamshed Khan, 14, October 30, 2006
Zaheeruddin, 16, October 30, 2006
Ismail, 12, October 30, 2006
Jannatullah, 13, October 30, 2006
Salman, 16, October 30, 2006
Luqman, 12, October 30, 2006
Ihsanullah, 16, October 30, 2006
Mashooq Khan, 16, October 30, 2006
Numair, 14, October 30, 2006
Bakht Muneer, 14, October 30, 2006
Gul Sher Khan, 15, October 30, 2006
Shahjehan, 15, October 30, 2006
Mohammad Salim, 11, October 30, 2006
Rahatullah, 17, October 30, 2006
Yahya Khan, 16, October 30, 2006
Inayatur Rhaman, 16, October 30, 2006
Shahbuddin, 15, October 30, 2006
Ikramullah, 17, October 30, 2006
Ziaur Rahman, 17, October 30, 2006
Qari Alamzeb, 14, October 30, 2006
Mohammad Yaas Khan 16, October 30, 2006
Sultanat Khan, 16, October 30, 2006
Nawab, 17, October 30, 2006
Mashooq Jan, 15, October 30, 2006
Razi Mohammad, 16, October 30, 2006
Saifullah, 9, October 30, 2006
Khalid, 12, October 30, 2006
Noor Mohammad, 8, October 30, 2006
Kalilullah, 9, October 30, 2006
Shoaib, 8, October 30, 2006
Asadullah, 9, October 30, 2006
Sohail, 7, October 30, 2006
Ilyas, 13, October 30, 2006
Mohammad Yunus, 16, October 30, 2006
Ziauddin, 16, October 30, 2006
Fazel Wahab, 16, October 30, 2006
Azizul Wahab, 15, October 30, 2006
Maulvi Khaleefa, age unknown, October 30, 2006
Mohammad Tahir, 16, October 30, 2006
Possible children, age unknown, June 19, 2007
Unknown (3 children), age unknown, May 14, 2008
Unknown (3 children), age unknown, July 28, 2008
Unknown, age unknown, August 30, 2008
Unknown (3-4 children), age unknown, September 5, 2008
Unknown (8 children), age unknown, September 8, 2008
Unknown, age unknown, October 3, 2008
Unknown (1-4 children), age unknown, October 9, 2008
Unknown (0-7), age unknown, October 23, 2008
0-3 children, age unknown, October 26, 2008
Unknown, age unknown, November 14, 2008
Possible children, age unknown, November 29, 2008
Azaz-ur-Rehman, 14, January 23, 2009
Maezol Khan, 3, January 23, 2009
Noor Syed, 8, February 14, 2009
Unknown (3 children), age unknown, April 1, 2009
Unknown (3-4 children), age unknown, April 4, 2009
Unknown (2 children), age unknown, April, 19, 2009
Unknown (10 children), age unknown, June 23, 2009
Ibad Ullah, age unknown, August 11, 2009
Mohammad Arif, age unknown, August 11, 2009
Abdul Qadeer, age unknown, August 11, 2009
Hazart Ali, age unknown, August 11, 2009
Syed Wali Shah, 7, August 21, 2009
Unknown (5 children), age unknown, August 21, 2009
Unknown (3 children), age unknown, September 8, 2009
Sakeenullah, 15, November 20, 2009
Zenullah Khan, 17, December 31, 2009
Wajid Noor, 9, January 3, 2010
Ayesha, 3, January 8, 2010
Naila, 10, February 24, 2010
Unknown, 14, March 31, 2010
Fatima Khan, age unknown, May 21, 2010
Nisar Khan, age unknown, May 21, 2010
Naeem Khan, age unknown, May 21, 2010
Unknown, age unknown, May 21, 2010
Unknown, age unknown, August 14, 2010
Unknown (3 children), age unknown, August 23, 2010
Unknown (4 children), age unknown, September 8, 2010
Naeem Ullah, 10, October 18, 2010
Unknown, age unknown, November 16, 2010
Ismael Mohammed, age unknown, March 17, 2011
Atif, 12, April 22, 2011
Unknown (3 children), age unknown, April 22, 2011
Unknown, age unknown, August 16, 2011
Abdel-Rahman Anwar al Awlaki, 16, October 14, 2011
Ahmed Abdel-Rahmanal Awlaki, 17, October 14, 2011
Tariq Aziz, 16, October 31, 2011
Waheed Khan, 12, October 31, 2011
Unknown, age unknown, February 9, 2012
Osama Haqqani, 13, August 21, 2012



"My Family Has Been Destroyed
Since My Mother Was Killed"

Robert Greenwald / War Costs

(September 24, 2013) -- This week should have been one for the history books. On Wednesday, victims of a drone strike were scheduled to stand before Congress and share the horror of their experience. But the hearing never happened.

Rafiq is a school teacher from Pakistan, whose 67 year-old mother was killed by a United States drone strike on October 24, 2012. His children were injured by the drone strike and witnessed their grandmother's horrific death.

Therefore, Representative Alan Grayson, D-FL 9th District, has invited the family to testify before Congress. However, the Department of State has blocked their lawyer, Shahzad Akbar, from appearing before a Congressional ad hoc hearing with the family.

Without Mr. Akbar, Rafiq and his family will be unable to come to DC, and their story will never be heard. Mr. Akbar works closely with Reprieve, the human rights organization; both Shahzad and Reprieve were instrumental in arranging for me to meet with and interview Rafiq, his children and other drone strike victims when I was in Pakistan interviewing for and filming my upcoming documentary.

By refusing to grant Shahzad a visa, the US government is silencing drone strike victims and families. Rafiq's family wants legal justice, NOT VIOLENCE. The time for Rafiq and his family to speak in front of Congress is running out. Please join our campaign by:

1. Calling the State Dept. directly at 202-647-4000

2. Following up with an email demanding Shahzad be issued a visa

3. Signing our petition with MoveOn.org [See petition below.]

Join Rafiq and his family in urging the Department of State to immediately approve Shazhad Akbar’s visa and allow the survivors to speak with the American public and Legislature.

Your voice is invaluable in this effort to end the brutality of the drone wars, and we can't thank you enough.

Sincerely,
Robert Greenwald and the War Costs team



ACTION ALERT: 'US Drones Killed My Mother'
Kelly Nilsson / MoveOn.org



(June 21, 2013) -- Tell Congress to move now to end these signature strikes, save innocent lives, protect America from the blowback of killing innocent civilians, and restore the rule of law.



Sign and share this petition to end signature drone strikes

Congress: End 'Signature Strikes'
Petition by Timothy Molina

Petition Statement
To be delivered to: The United States House of Representatives and The United States Senate


End "signature" drone strikes against people whose identities are unknown. These drone strikes pose the greatest risk of civilian casualties, are most dubious legally, and create the most ill will toward America.

Petition Background
Individuals who are not clearly participating in armed combat are entitled by international law to a presumption of civilian status, which signature strikes effectively deny by classifying unknown people as "militants" and therefore "targetable" based on secret intelligence, of unknown accuracy, that their behavior or appearance is judged to be "typical of militants." Signature strikes have led to a high proportion of civilian casualties, which violates international law.

US refusal to acknowledge the potential harm to civilians can increase blowback from impacted communities and denies victims the justice they deserve.

'Signature' drone strikes pose the greatest risk of killing civilians, are the most dubious legally, and create tremendous blowback against America.

Tell Congress to move now to end these signature strikes, save innocent lives, protect America from the blowback of killing innocent civilians, and restore the rule of law.

Organizations Signed On:
Brave New Foundation
Environmentalists Against War
Fellowship of Reconciliation
Historians Against the War
Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace
Just Foreign Policy
Office of the Americas
Peace Action
Peace Action West
United for Peace and Justice
United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC)


The Civilian Impact of Drones:
Unexamined Costs, Unanswered Questions

Center for Civilians in Conflict

(September 29, 2012) --This joint report from the Center for Civilians in Conflict and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Clinic is an in-depth look at the US government’s covert drone program and its impact on civilian populations.

Our objective is to critically assess US government procedures and standards for ensuring civilian protection and responding to civilian harm from drone strikes conducted both outside of full-scale military operations and with a degree of secrecy.

The study is based on a review of publicly available materials, interviews with current and former government officials, responses to requests for information from agencies, and previous field interviews by Center for Civilians in Conflict.

Drones are touted as the most precise and humane weapons platform in the history of warfare. The technological advance is significant, but covert drone strikes carry costs for civilians and local communities even as they become a policy norm.

Blinded by the promise of this technology and reports of short-term effectiveness in killing militants, policymakers are failing to ask hard questions of the drones program, including whether other tactics or strategies are more appropriate to counterterrorism strategy, and whether US expansion of strikes to new places and against new groups is truly justified.

Downloads
Civilian Impact of Drones Report: September 2012
Civilian Impact of Drones: summary

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