The U.S. continues to use armed drones in several countries to conduct what it calls “targeted killings.” Marginalized communities continue to suffer the effects of one of the deadliest programs of Barack Obama’s presidency. Despite concerns raised by a number of human rights organizations and an increasing number of former military personnel, it seems as though the use of lethal drones will remain for the time being.
Christian, Muslim, Sikh and Jewish organizations have expressed grave concerns about the drones program and joined together in a public letter to President Obama in June. Ron Byler, MCC U.S. executive director, was one of 29 leaders who signed the letter. The letter and broader interfaith collaboration grew out of a conference on drones at Princeton Theological Seminary in January 2015. —Joshua Russell