Target: President Barack Obama
Goal: Get an explanation for why an innocent 16-year-old American citizen was killed in a drone strike
A recent drone strike killed a 16-year-old American citizen in Yemen, and the Obama administration needs to explain why. The boy, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, was in Yemen on a search for his father who had disappeared into the country in order to cook up plots to draw American blood. Abdulrahman was not on the American kill list and was not ‘operational’ as his father was. Yet, there has been little attention given to this case since the boy was killed.
A former official in the Obama administration admits that the president was upset by the killing and demanded answers from those who control the drone program. Officials in the White House claim that the actual target of the strike was the head of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) propaganda, not the three boys who were killed in the Yemeni desert.
These killings are further evidence that the drone program in the United States and across the globe is in need of direct regulation. The United Nations should intervene in order to prevent further killing of innocents. A review about the al-Awlaki situation that was ordered never came to light. Sign this petition and demand an explanation from the Obama administration.
Dear President Obama,
The recent killing of an American citizen, a 16 year old no less, should be immediately explained. While you ordered a review, there has yet to be an explanation released to the public. Recent polls of public opinion have shown growing public unrest about the potential use of drones against US citizens. Your administration must do something in order to assuage the fear stirred up by this case.
I ask that you immediately demand another review that would be released to the public about this case. Doing so will help to calm the public and explain why the use of force was used against three unarmed boys with no connection to a terrorist network.
[Your Name Here]
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