First, I want to thank the Huan Rights group for hosting the forum. Second, I want to indicate my appreciation for this editorial. Finally, I want to write that we must keep the pressure on the university. That is why the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance wrote a letter to the president seeking a meeting. Of course, he never responded, so we went there on May 8 and stayed in his office for close to eight hours. We were told we are banned from the campus, but we are considering returning to call for an end to drone research at JHU.
Current Issue: April 27th, 2012
The APL drones on and on
Published: Monday, May 7, 2012
Updated: Monday, May 7, 2012 13:05
May 3, 2012
Last Friday, the Human Rights Working Group and the Graduate Student Organization sponsored a discussion which focused on the University’s role in drone research and production. These drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, are flown by both the
This page commends the Human Rights Working Group and the Graduate Student Organization for calling attention to this topical and salient issue. We would also like to express our concerns about the work APL is doing to help produce these drones.
This page must stress that it does not object to the progress APL has made in helping to help keep our nation secure and our troops safe. We do, however, object to APL’s involvement with General Atomics, contributing to the production of these aerial combat drones used by the CIA in covert operations abroad.
We are particularly concerned about this link between
First of all, the legality of these drone strikes is dubious at best. Many international law experts have claimed that drone strikes in countries where there are no recognized conflicts, such as in
This page is also concerned about the secrecy of drones and, until recently, their lack of official government acknowledgement. The
Considering the negative consequences of drone warfare, this page believes that APL be more transparent with and reconsider the extent of its involvement in the production of drones. As a University-affiliated organization, it should be able to have a civil and constructive open discussion about the exact role that the APL plays in our foreign policy.
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