The U.S. State Department is now tracking the number of emails received opposing U.S. drone missile attacks in Pakistan. What will the final number be?
50? 500? 5000?
After emailing the State Department to oppose drone missile attacks, I received the message below. You may have as well. This means that senior State Department officials will eventually get a report on the total emails received.
What will the report say?
If you haven’t already done so, please click here so that senior U.S. officials know that a significant number of people want the U.S. government to stop killing Pakistani civilians: http://freedomforward.org
In a prior email, I already mentioned how U.S. military adviser David Kilcullen said that 98% of U.S. drone missile attack victims have been innocent civilians. From 2006 to mid-2009, 700 Pakistani civilians were killed.
It is stunning that Vice President Biden now wants to expand these attacks. Part of the reason why is that the U.S. government isn’t receiving much criticism for doing so – from within the U.S.
You can safely assume that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the target of American email campaigns on a range of issues: Sudan, Afghanistan, negotiations on climate change — you name it. That’s why it is all the more important that when a senior State Department official gets their report on emails from the public, our campaign against drone
missile attacks is high on the list.
I just did a google search on “take action, darfur.” There are a whole bunch of organizations urging people to contact the U.S. government regarding the killings in Sudan. Then I did a google search on “take action, stop drone missile attacks.”
I was excited to find one link — and I quickly realized it was our own. There may be other organizations sending a similar message to the U.S. government. I just couldn’t easily find them.
So if you haven’t already, please take a moment now to send an email opposing drone missile attacks:
The Pakistani families who are being hurt by U.S. drone missiles don’t have the ability to lobby U.S. policymakers.
We do. That’s why we have to speak up: http://freedomforward.org
Sanjeev Bery, Freedom Forward
P.S. You can read the email response from the State Department below:
“Thank you for contacting the State Department.
End US drone missile attacks in Pakistan!Discussion Thread
Response (Support Agent) – 10/16/2009 12:11 PM
Thank you for your message to Secretary Clinton sharing your thoughts and concerns. We value your opinion and will take it — and the views of all Americans — into consideration.
Secretary Clinton is committed to strengthening America’s national security, advancing the interest of the United States, and restoring America’s leadership position in the world.
Thank you for contacting the U.S. Department of State.
Question Reference #091015-000374
Date Created: 10/15/2009 09:59 PM
Last Updated: 10/16/2009 12:11 PM