"I Oppose The Unconstitutional Use
Of Spy Drones"
has the potential of doing much more than just watching.
Through the use of aerial (or "spy") drones, we're
becoming unwilling and unwitting victims of a
"surveillance society," where an over-reaching federal
government can record, examine and question our every
move. Even worse, Attorney General Eric Holder asserts
that under "extraordinary circumstances" drone strikes
could be ordered against American citizens on U.S. soil.
Although drones can be very effective in a wide range of
capacities, Grassfire strongly opposes their use when it
clearly violates the Constitution. To this end,
Grassfire is mobilizing 50,000 citizens who oppose the
unconstitutional deployment of drones and the potential
of drone strikes against American citizens on U.S. soil.
As soon as we mobilize 50,000 citizen signers, Grassfire
will hand-deliver those petitions to Attorney General
Holder, the Senate Intelligence Committee and other key
members of Congress.
The Petition States:
As a citizen
of the United States of America, I oppose the use of
aerial drones by the federal, state and local
authorities when deployed in a manner that violates the
Constitution of the United States, specifically the
Fourth and Fifth Amendments.
Drones used to identify individuals who are lawfully
carrying concealed weapons or to listen to private phone
conversations violate the Fourth Amendment, which
states: "The right of the people to be secure in their
persons, houses, papers, and effects, against
unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
The Fifth Amendment states: "No person shall ... be
deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due
process of law." Attorney General Eric Holder's
assertion that a United States citizen, standing on U.S.
soil, could legally be executed by a drone strike in
"extraordinary circumstances" is a clear violation of
the Fifth Amendment.
As a member of Congress who has taken an oath to uphold
the Constitution, I urge you to oppose any and all use
of aerial drones to violate the constitutional rights of