Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Control
New campaign briefing from Drone Campaign Network calls for renewed push to challenge the growing use of armed drones
Over the past fifteen years unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones, have risen from an obscure technology to becoming a key component of Western military power, with US, British and Israeli forces launching thousands of drone strikes across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Drones have become one of the most used weapons in conventional wars, but are also being used far from any battlefield in so-called targeted killings to ‘take out’ those deemed to be a threat to security.
Our new briefing ‘Drone Wars: Out of sight, Out of mind, Out of control’ highlights some of the key issues surrounding the growing use of armed drones. In a readable and accessible way it examines the arguments around their development and growing use, civilian casualties, how drones have enabled a rapid expansion of targeted killing and how drones are lowering the threshold for use of armed force.
For more information about the briefing, see the Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Control page
Paper copies of the briefing cost £3.50 inc p&p. For multiple copies please contact dronecampaignnetwork[at]riseup.net
Other resources for taking action on the “Out of Sight, Out of Mind, Out of Control” campaign:
A flyer with the main key points from the resource
A template letter for writing to your MP
A petition calling for more transparency to help you gather support and raise pressure.
Fly Kites Not Drones education pack
This is a fantastic new resource developed by peace educationalists and suitable for schools and youth groups. Look at the workshops, films and assemblies here and download what you want or order a hard copy here follow @kitesnotdrones
The Drones quilt (available to borrow)
The Drones Quilt is a project by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, drawing attention to and remembering civilian casualties of so-called accurate drone strikes. It is made up of squares of fabric, contributed by members of the public, FoR members, other peace charities and student groups. Each square bears the name of a civilian killed by a drone (from Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan…) Most of the names are provided by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
The quilt is 40 foot long and 6 foot high (13m x 2m). A smaller version available to take to festivals, demos, vigils etc. To hire either quilt, or to contribute a square to this ongoing project, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 250781
If you would like copies of this leaflet, promoting the DCN, please contact email@example.com
Each month, we put out a concise newsletter with news, events and updates about campaigning against armed drones.
Subscribe to the newsletter here
On 18th June 2014 MP Tom Watson tabled Early Day Motion 136 which includes ‘…the emerging convention that the House should have an opportunity to debate military action abroad; and calls on the Government to clarify that the convention will be applied to use of drones outside Afghanistan, whether or not they are operated from the UK’
This will be valid until next summer. Please ask your MP to sign it.
View the full text and to see who has signed
Buzzing sound for demos
The DCN has an audio recording of an Israeli drone during operations in Gaza. If you would like to use this noise at demonstrations or any other event, the file can be requested via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on drones
For regular news and research about drone warfare, visit:
The BIJ’s Covert Drone War Database
Fly Kites Not Drones Briefing: Word or PDF
Fly Kites Not Drones Handout leaflet: Word or PDF
On a semi-regular basis, the Drone Campaign Network (DCN) produces a briefing about developments in drone warfare, arguments against armed drones and campaign info.
Read and download the 2014 briefing
RESOURCES FOR WEEK OF ACTION 2013
The Drone Campaign Network have produced a number of resources which can be used during the Week of Action including a Breifing, flyer, petition and posters. You can either download copies from here or order hard copies via email@example.com.
Please note that we need to ask for a donation to cover the costs of printing and postage.
Email us to know what resources you would like and when you receive your resources please send us a donation. Please send a cheque (payable to Drone Wars UK) to Drone Campaign Network c/o Peace House, 19 Paradise Street, Oxford, OX1 1LD. Many thanks.
1) Drones Resource Pack for the week of Action 5-12th October
- a recent briefing on drones
- ground the drones stencil
- drones bury beautiful lives leaflets & postcards
- week of action posters A3 & A2
Why not hold a stall in your area and or organize an event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Waddington 6 Trial and SPEAKING tour
Drones: the true cost of war leaflet
Upload leaflet (pdf file) here
Members of the ‘Waddington 6’ (first mass trespassers into RAF Waddington drone base) are standing trial on the 7th October in Lincoln, COME along and support them OR invite them to SPEAK in your area during the week of action.
There are 9 potential speakers and thye are happy to travel.
Contact email@example.com 07414 465 695
3) Afghan Peace Conference:
Saturday Otober 12th
10am Friends House, 173 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ
(opposite Euston train and tube station)
Download the Afghanistan ConfSerence leaflet (pdf file) here
A refocus on the Afghan war with speakers including Jonathan Steele, female Afghan grassroots activists and live link up with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul. Also a full afternoon of workshops and discussions.