U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Cleveland) and 25 colleagues co-signed a letter demanding more information on how the Obama Administration decides to administer "signature"drone strikes.
They said signature drone strikes increase the risk of killing innocent civilians or those who have no relationship to a potential attack on the U.S., further enflaming anti-U.S. sentiment abroad.
The letter asks for the process by which ‘signature’ strikes are authorized and executed and how the CIA and JSOC [Joint Special Operations Command] ensure that such killings are legal.
It also asks how well the administration tracks and analyzes civilian deaths and injuries.
“Our drone campaigns already have virtually no transparency, accountability or oversight. We are further concerned about the legal grounds for such strikes under the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force," the letter says.
All but two of the co-signers are Democrats. The exceptions are Republicans Ron Paul (TX) and Walter B. Jones (NC) .
The other signers are John Conyers, Jr. (MI), Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL), Rush Holt (NJ), Maurice Hinchey (NY), Charles Rangel (NY), Fortney Pete Stark (CA), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ), Michael M. Honda (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Bob Filner (CA), Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (GA), Lynn C. Woolsey (CA), Luis V. Gutierrez (IL), James P. McGovern (MA), John Lewis (GA), George Miller (CA), Jim McDermott (WA), Yvette D. Clarke (NY), Peter A. DeFazio (OR), Peter Welch (VT), Jerrold Nadler (NY), Keith Ellison (MN), and Donna Edwards (MD).
Kucinich said he has opposed the use of combat drones against suspected terrorists abroad since the first known attack in 2004.
Kucinich is headed out of the Congress at the end of this year, having lost a primary contest in March to U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D., Toledo) for the newly drawn 9th Congressional District that will include much of his Cleveland political base.