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Pass the Drone Strike Transparency Bill

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Pass the Drone Strike Transparency Bill

To be delivered to The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama

Petition Statement

The Senate Intelligence Committee has taken an important step by passing an intelligence authorization which, if it became law, would require the administration to publicly report on civilian casualties from U.S. drone strikes. The administration should support this provision, and Congress should pass this drone strike transparency provision into law.
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Petition Background

The Senate Intelligence Committee has taken an important step by passing an intelligence authorization which would, for the first time, require the Administration to publicly report on civilian casualties from U.S. drone strikes. The Administration should support this provision, and Congress should pass this drone strike transparency provision into law.

Sarah Knuckey, Director of the Project on Extrajudicial Executions at New York University School of Law and a Special Advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, calls this provision "an important step toward improving transparency," and notes that "Various U.N. officials, foreign governments, a broad range of civil society, and many others, including former U.S. Department of State Legal Advisor Harold Koh ... have called for the publication of such basic information."

This provision could be offered as an amendment in the Senate to the National Defense Authorization Act. It could be offered in the House as an amendment on the intelligence authorization, or as a freestanding bill.

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[Text of the provision can be found here: http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/node/1470.]

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