Friday, July 27, 2012

Newland Smith: Drone Surveillance, Civil Liberties, and the Church Resolution

Newland Smith has written:

I will write about church resolutions, including the Episcopal Church's General Convention resolution (A017) "Monitor the Use and Ethics of Drone Warfare", the Resolution that just passed the 77th General Convention bearing witness to the increased use of remotely piloted aircraft, or "drones," by the United States military and intelligence agencies for surveillance and weaponized attacks; and be it further ...Resolved, That the General Convention urges the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns, in collaboration with the Bishop Suffragan for Armed Services and Federal Ministries and the Committee on Science, Technology, and Faith of Executive Council, to monitor the continued use of remotely piloted aircraft, evaluate their ethical implications, and prepare a report for the 78th General Convention with recommendations for governmental leaders and military commanders concerning their use.

Continued in: Drone Surveillance: "Tracing Our Journeys"?

I will also write about the UK Methodist Resolution and report about the ethical issues related to the use of drones as weapons.

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