An open letter to President Obama


In the wake of the Paris attack that killed 129, four former US Air Force drone operators wrote an open letter to the US president, his secretary of defence and the CIA director:

President Barack Obama
The White House
Washington, D.C.

Secretary Ashton B. Carter
Department of Defense

Director John O. Brennan
Central Intelligence Agency

Dear President Obama, Secretary Carter and Director Brennan:

We are former Air Force service members. We joined the Air Force to protect American lives and to protect our Constitution. We came to the realization that the innocent civilians we were killing only fueled the feelings of hatred that ignited terrorism and groups like ISIS, while also serving as a fundamental recruitment tool similar to Guantanamo Bay. This administration and its predecessors have built a drone program that is one of the most devastating driving forces for terrorism and destabilization around the world.

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White American terrorists

White American terrorists are terrorists who are White Americans. Most are White supremacists, like Dylann Roof, or anti-government, like Tim McVeigh.

FBI defines a domestic terrorist like this:

“‘Domestic terrorism’ means activities with the following three characteristics:

  • Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
  • Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
  • Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.”

The Baltimore police department 
fits that definition.

So does the Ferguson police department, given how they left Michael Brown’s body lying there in the street in the middle of a Black neighbourhood for several hours.

So does Dylann Roof, given how he left one person alive so she could tell others.

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