Thursday, June 5, 2014

Oregon's Rep. DeFazio Co-Sponsors Drone Transparency Bill

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-4) is one of the newest co-sponsors of a bill that would require the Obama administration to "come clean" on drone killings.

DeFazio served in the military and considers the U.S. military mission in many situations important and justified. (Watch DeFazio's recent speech to newly commissioned ROTC members.)  At the same time, DeFazio takes very seriously the responsibility of democratically-elected representatives to make decisions on war and peace, and he has a 93% rating on "voting for peace" according to the PeaceWorker website in Oregon.

This suggests there should be a very large number of centrist Democrats capable of supporting this bill.

People nationwide who have been 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

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 

[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)]

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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 )

Monday, November 26, 2012

Oregon Drone Bases

According to the Department of Defense Report to Congress on Future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Training, Operations, and Sustainability (April 2012), Oregon has four (4) locations that have been designated as potential basing locations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) [i.e. drones] (p. 8 ff.).

The table below gives information on the types of drones that are proposed for basing at each location.

BASE Predator/Reaper type Shadow/Raven type Other
Portland RQ-11B Wasp, Puma
Salem RQ-11B
Boardman Range RQ-7B
Camp Rilea Wasp