In a radio interview, Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin called for the impeachment of President Obama over his policy of permitting drone strikes on American citizens overseas who are members of terrorist organizations.
On WABC Radio’s “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” Sunday, Benjamin affirmed she believes the drone warfare is an impeachable offense.
She said she would go even further and “broaden” a ban on drone strikes to “end the killing of innocent people overseas in countries where we are not at war without any kind of transparency or accountability.”
Asked Klein: “So would you then call, as the co-founder of Code Pink, for the impeachment of President Obama based on these alleged crimes?”
“Sure,” Benjamin responded. “Just like I called for President Obama and George Bush to be taken to the International Criminal Court for war crimes, but it’s not going to happen.”
She continued: “So what do I do instead that might happen? I go for some wimpy kind of legislation in Congress that would maybe lessen the number of people who are going to be killed.”
Benjamin and her group have been at the forefront of activism against drone strikes. Code Pink protesters led by Benjamin interrupted a confirmation hearing last week for John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director.
The issue took center stage after an internal government memo revealed an “informed, high-ranking” official could determine whether to dispatch a drone to kill a citizen who is “continually planning attacks” for al-Qaida if the target “poses an imminent threat” and capture is “infeasible.”
Code Pink previously supported Obama. The group’s other co-founder, Jodie Evans, was a financial bundler for Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.
Code Pink is known for its solidarity visits with such Western foes as Hamas and with leaders of the Taliban. In 2004, Benjamin and Code Pink announced they would donate a combined $600,000 in medical supplies and cash to the families of the insurgents who were fighting American troops in Fallujah, Iraq.
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