Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Write or Call Your Member of Congress Today: Make the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings

[UPDATE: June 5, 2014 - Support for the "Come Clean on Drone Killings" bill is growing! There are now 9 co-sponsors, in addition to the original 2 sponsors -- for a total of four (4) sponsors from California alone.  See the list below - where does your representative stand?)


In the past, we've noted on this site that California's congressional delegation includes a lot of adherents to the drones caucus. (See California Congressional Delegation: Drones 'R' Us!)

But today, people protesting drones are contacting their representatives to encourage support for H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act. If passed, the bill will require the Obama administration to come clean about the killings it has carried out using drones -- killings that, up until now, the administration has been able to pretend don't exist.

So now's the time: write or call your member of Congress today. 

To determine what district you live in, go to http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

To see an example of a constituent letter, see An Open Letter to Congressman Mike Quigley on H.R.4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act


California Congressional Delegation

(Members of the Progressive Caucus are presumed to lean in favor of the bill and are marked Progressive Caucus; members of the Drones Caucus are presumed to lean against the bill and are marked Drones Caucus. As for those who are members of both . . . ?)

CA01 - Doug LaMalfa - 202-225-3076 email
CA02 - Jared Huffman - (202) 225-5161 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA03 - John Garamendi - (202) 225-1880 email
CA04 - Tom McClintock - (202) 225-2511 email
CA05 - Mike Thompson - (202) 225-3311 email
CA06 - Doris Matsui - (202) 225-7163 email
CA07 - Ami Bera - (202) 225-5716 email
CA08 - Paul Cook - 202.225.5861 email
CA09 - Jerry McNerney - (202) 225-1947 email
CA10 - Jeff Denham - (202) 225-4540 email
CA11 - George Miller - (202) 225-2095 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA12 - Nancy Pelosi - (202) 225-4965 email
 
CA13 - Barbara Lee - (202) 225-2661 email (Progressive Caucus) CO-SPONSOR - 5/7/2014
CA14 - Jackie Speier - (202) 225-3531 email CO-SPONSOR - 5/1/2014

CA15 - Eric Swalwell - (202) 225-5065 email
CA16 - Jim Costa - 202-225-3341 email
CA17 - Michael Honda - (202) 225-2631 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA18 - Anna Eshoo - (202) 225-8104 email
CA19 - Zoe Lofgren - (202) 225-3072 email
CA20 - Sam Farr - (202) 225-2861 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA21 - David Valadao - 202-225-4695 email
CA22 - Devin Nunes - (202) 225-2523 email (Drones Caucus)
CA23 - Kevin McCarthy - (202) 225-2915 email
CA24 - Lois Capps - (202) 225-3601 email (Drones Caucus)
CA25 - Howard McKeon - 202) 225-1956 email (Drones Caucus)
CA26 - Julia Brownley - 202-225-5811 email
CA27 - Judy Chu - (202) 225-5464 email (Progressive Caucus)

CA28 - Adam Schiff - (202) 225-4176 email ORIGINAL SPONSOR

CA29 - Tony Cárdenas - 202-225-6131 email
CA30 - Brad Sherman - (202) 225-5911 email
CA31 - Gary Miller - (202) 225-3201 email
CA32 - Grace Napolitano - (202) 225-5256 email
CA33 - Henry Waxman - (202) 225-3976 email
CA34 - Xavier Becerra - (202) 225-6235 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA35 - Gloria Negrete McLeod - 202-225-6161 email
CA36 - Raul Ruiz - (202) 225-5330 email
CA37 - Karen Bass - (202) 225-7084 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA38 - Linda Sánchez - (202) 225-6676 email
CA39 - Edward Royce - (202) 225-4111 email
CA40 - Lucille Roybal-Allard - (202) 225-1766 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA41 - Mark Takano - (202) 225-2305 email (Progressive Caucus) (Drones Caucus)
CA42 - Ken Calvert - (202) 225-1986 email
CA43 - Maxine Waters - (202) 225-2201 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA44 - Janice Hahn - (202) 225-8220 email (Progressive Caucus)
CA45 - John Campbell - (202) 225-5611 email (Drones Caucus)
CA46 - Loretta Sanchez - (202) 225-2965 email
 
CA47 - Alan Lowenthal - (202) 225-7924 email (Progressive Caucus) (Drones Caucus) CO-SPONSOR - 5/7/2014

CA48 - Dana Rohrabacher - (202) 225-2415 email (Drones Caucus)
CA49 - Darrell Issa - 202-225-3906 email (Drones Caucus)
CA50 - Duncan Hunter - (202) 225-5672 email
CA51 - Juan Vargas - 202-225-8045 email
CA52 - Scott Peters - 202-225-0508 email
CA53 - Susan Davis - (202) 225-2040 email

[SEE: hub page for all Resources to SUPPORT the "Come Clean on Drone Killings" Act (Schiff/Jones HR 4372: the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act)]

Related posts

First Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) called the U.S. on the carpet for dodging the call from the international community to come clean about its drone killings. Then Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) submitted a bill calling for drone transparency. So ... are we finally going to get the truth?

(See REAL Progressives Demand that the U.S. Come Clean on Drone Killings)


A 2013 U.N. report makes it clear that the U.S. has to report fully on all its drone attacks.

(See 2014: The Year of Transparency (for U.S. Drone Use)?)









The reason the Administration is hiding truth about drones is that they don't have a satisfactory answer for how decisions about drone strikes are made.  As we have known all along, we need the public to think about how crummy the whole drone program is, and then they will be ready to be on our side. The best way to get them really thinking is to shine a spotlight on the secrecy, evasiveness, and deceit involved in the U.S. drone program.

(See Drone Killings: Come Clean )

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