MADISON (WKOW)-- Military leaders have praised unmanned drones as the
tool of the future to combat terrorism overseas, but a group of
activists is traveling the country to protest their use.
group of protestors with Amnesty International will stop at eight
states over the next seven weeks. On Friday they made a stop at the Wisconsin State Capitol. They're protesting the use of Unmanned
Aerial Vehicles, commonly known as UAV drones.
"We're working with local activisits an focusing on President Obama's use of drones and extra judicial killings in countries like Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Yemen," Kalaya'an Mendoza of Amnesty International explains.
The group says drone attacks are responsible for hundreds of accidental civilian deaths in the middle east. They're calling on politicians in Washington D.C. to challenge their use and question the Obama administration's policies on drones.
"People are just blown away at all the things that our government is doing in order to secure our national security," Mendoza explains.
Both the C.I.A. and Department of Defense praise the use of drones for their ability to keep military personnel out of harms way. Technicians operate the unmanned planes through remote control and can use them for reconnaissance or to engage enemy strongholds.
On Friday, President Obama nominated Jeh Johnson to fill the role of Homeland Security Secretary. Both men see drones as the best way to combat terrorist groups that often hide in remote and hard to reach locations.
Protestors argue there are better ways to protect national security.
"True national security does not come at the expense of human rights rather it comes with human rights," Mendoza says.
On Friday, a United Nations expert called on the United States government to reveal the number of civilians that have been killed by drones in the middle east. Preliminary reports from the UN suggest that number is well over 450 civilians, but further study is still needed to confirm that number.
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