The electrified controversy over the use of drones has come to Chicago with a protest planned in front of Boeing Co. headquarters on Saturday.
Anti-war activists are targeting the government contract-rich Boeing, complaining that its CEO just notched a sizable raise as the company is refining drone its technology. The protest is just one planned in an anti-drone campaign launched by the Anti-War Committee.
This month, a coalition of anti-war groups across the US is holding actions against drone war. Drones became highly controversial because the Obama administration has used them to assassinate American citizens in Yemen, and because their use is officially a secret kept from Congress and the people of the U.S.
"In Pakistan, where they have been most heavily used, the majority of their victims are not combatants on the U.S. 'kill list,' but civilians, including many children," Kait McIntyre of the Anti-War Committee said in a statement.
"We need to cut the Pentagon and the war budget in order to have money for schools, jobs and healthcare. " She added that "Boeing is our poster child for military spending."