The United National Antiwar Coalition is a strong supporter of banning all weaponized and surveillance drones for military or police use. These drones are a tool to wage war against people struggling for a better life in the U.S. and abroad.
A few years ago, members of the UNAC Administrative Committee had the opportunity to join a Code Pink-sponsored trip to Pakistan, where we joined with thousands of Pakistanis to protest the killing by U.S. drones. This, in a country that the U.S. was not even at war with. We heard from family members of people who were killed by U.S. drones. Whole communities were terrorized as surveillance drones were heard overhead 24 hours per day. People knew that if they gathered for a marriage ceremony, funeral or even to talk together on a street corner they could be targeted and killed, and this happened many times.
The U.S. feels it can enter the skies over any country they want and use these weapons of war to kill whomever they want. This was seen recently by the U.S. murder of Iranian general Quassem Soleimani by a U.S. drone strike in Iraq, which heightened tensions in the region.
Although drones can be used for peaceful purposes, in the hands of the military and the police, they are used for war and oppression and must be opposed.