Dear Mr. Blue,
As CEO of General Atomics, you are responsible for the decisions of the company. You are responsible for the development of the Predator and Reaper drones. You equipped them with the abilities to maim and kill, to destroy schools and homes, to rip families apart. And you, as CEO, can make the same decision to stop them. We urge you, Mr. Blue, to stop manufacturing killer drones that have resulted in upwards of 4,000 casualties abroad.
We get it-- this is about profits. Your company does not disclose its financial information but public data estimates about $5 billion from U.S. taxpayers from 2000 to 2009. Your annual revenue is well over a billion dollars. You dominate 25% of the drones market. You make a lot of money.
But what about the 197 dead children in Pakistan? What about over 4,000 lives lost, with only 2% considered “high-level targets”? Your Reapers have an effective casualty zone of 200 feet of the blast site-- that means that fifty percent of people within that radius will die, regardless of having any associations at all with the targets. And as investigations show, these errors occur more often than not.
We are not asking for the impossible. We know that General Atomics has the ability to change the face of drone warfare forever by stepping out of the game. Stop building drones that kill innocent people on the other side of the world. Stop being a pawn in the war that is only creating new enemies and anti-American sentiment abroad. Stop funding hate. Concentrate instead on drones that are not for killing and spying. Or make rapid transit technology and sustainable energy initiatives. Employ people with green jobs, not the jobs that make all hands bloodied with the lives of innocents.
We ask you, Mr. Blue, to think about the company you want General Atomics to be. Surely, murder should not be your largest project. Stop making a killing out of killing.
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