Daniel Hale, a heroic whistleblower who exposed US drone killings, is being sentenced on July 13. Ask the judge to give him no jail time!
Yesterday, Daniel Hale pleaded guilty to the crime of letting the American people know the truth about drone warfare. We have known and admired Daniel even since he started speaking out in 2013 against drone warfare, an all-too-easy way of murdering people who are often innocent civilians. Daniel faces up to a decade in prison for just telling the truth.
Daniel was accused of giving an investigative journalist truthful information in the public interest about the secretive US drone warfare program, information that revealed gross human rights violations. It also revealed that drones were more deadly and less accurate than the US government presented publicly. In fact, nearly 90% of those killed by drone strikes were not the intended target!
In November 2013, Daniel Hale spoke at our CODEPINK Drone Summit. Knowing that speaking out could bring the wrath of the US military and judiciary against him, he was extremely nervous. But knowing that there were people in the audience whose loved ones were killed by our drones, he was determined to do what no U.S. politicians have done: apologize.
“To the people in the audience who are victims or who are families of victims or have families who live in countries where U.S. militarism, specifically unmanned systems are conducting kinetic strikes, I’m sorry,” he said.
For exposing these egregious murders, Daniel was charged with four counts under the Espionage Act of 1917 and one count of theft of government property. Meanwhile, NO ONE in the U.S. government who actually committed the crimes of killing civilians with drone strikes has ever been held accountable.
Sending Daniel to prison is not what justice looks like.
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