By Clive Stafford Smith, founder of Reprieve
The Kill List is exactly what it sounds like – a list of people the Trump administration wants to kill with its drones.
If you asked Donald Trump, he might tell you it’s a list of “bad dudes.” But I can tell you that no real evidence is required to end up on this list and it’s a lot easier than you’d think to become a target. The Kill List includes peace activists, community leaders and other innocent people designated as “threats” by a computer program.
So why is our government getting this so wrong? How do innocent people end up on the Kill List? And what could put someone in the sights of a US drone missile?
These are the questions we’ve been tackling. You can find out the answers, by taking our quiz to see if you could end up on the Kill List.
If, like me, you score highly, you will be told that you would not be safe from Trump’s drones. This is a reality that thousands of ordinary people live with every day in Pakistan and Yemen and elsewhere in the region. They are not safe and they cannot keep their children safe.
But the evidence is mounting against Trump’s kill program. There is increasing consensus among security experts that lethal drone strikes do more to benefit terrorist recruiters than undermine their cause. We’ve uncovered extensive evidence that the Government has breached international law and violated fundamental human rights, leaving thousands dead in its wake.
If this was scary under President Obama, it is terrifying under President Trump.
It is the death penalty without trial, and we’re going to stop it.
Clive Stafford Smith
Founder of Reprieve