Target: Jeff Bezos, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Amazon.com
Goal: Urge Amazon to end its partnership with a government agency responsible for assassinating Americans without trial
With its smiling logo, Amazon.com has risen to become the world’s most successful internet retailer. Millions of customers each week use the website to purchase and sell all kinds of items. But do customers know that Amazon has also partnered with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by providing data and computing services, and that this makes the company an accomplice in the CIA’s program of illegal assassinations?
The Constitution of the United States guarantees citizens the right to a fair trial. At least three Americans–including a 16 year old boy–were killed by their government in 2011 alone, after President Obama declared them a threat to the nation’s safety. Many have criticized this program as unconstitutional. As Normon Solomon explained in an article for Common Dreams, “Amazon is now integral to the U.S. government’s foreign policy of threatening and killing.”
A news article claimed Amazon’s $600 million contract with the CIA has “no direct relevance” to “CIA involvement in rendition of prisoners to regimes for torture; or in targeting for drone strikes…” But this article was published in the Washington Post, a paper owned and operated by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, with no disclosure of the obvious conflict of interest in reporting the story. Despite all denials, Amazon can now be linked to egregious human rights violations. Urge the company to cut ties with the CIA, and to end its support for illegal assassinations.
Dear Mr. Bezos,
Like many consumers, I am deeply disturbed by Amazon.com’s partnership with the CIA, which actively engages in the extrajudicial and unconstitutional targeting of Americans for death. The American Civil Liberties Union has criticized the CIA’s program for its clear violation of citizens’ constitutional rights, even going so far as to take the CIA to court. But this didn’t stop you from securing a $600 million contract with the agency, for whom Amazon now provides computing services.
Attempts to downplay the grave nature of this partnership have been equally disturbing, particularly in the Washington Post, which you also own and operate. Tens of thousands of concerned individuals petitioned the Post to disclose its conflict of interest in reporting about the CIA, but they received no response.
You may deny any connection between Amazon and the CIA’s targeted killings, but ultimately consumers will decide for themselves whether they want to do business with a company linked to human rights violations. I call on you to immediately end Amazon’s partnership with the CIA, and to end your support for the killing of American citizens without a trial.
[Your Name Here]
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