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Senator Charles Schumer                                                  February 15, 2011

One Park Place, Suite 100

Peekskill, New York 10566


Dear Senator Schumer:


  On February 10, 2011 you issued a press release saying that you want to amend the Federal Aviation Administration law so that air space will be expanded around Syracuse  for testing of  “cutting edge military drones.”   You said this will “unleash millions of investment into the region and create jobs.”


  For the reasons outlined in the attached flyer, we the undersigned urge you to reverse course and work to end to all drone testing, training and operation in New York State, including drone operations at Fort Drum in Watertown NY.


  We want to emphasize here that the atrocities and assassinations being committed by the United States using drones in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Yemen are unconscionable.  The idea that you would use job creation as a reason for encouraging the development and use of these weapons is morally unacceptable.


  Every single minute $300,000 goes into our wars.  Because of this spending the United States cannot meet the educational and employment needs of its citizens.  For you to tout job creation from weapons building under these circumstances is astounding.   


 We would like to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss these concerns.  Please respond to the WESPAC Foundation at (914) 449-6514 or [email protected]




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