Rep. Kucinich champions a drone strike app that Apple has blocked

One of the leading congressional critics of the Obama administration’s drone strike policy, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), is championing a strike location app that is being blocked by Apple. 

The computer giant has come under fire for rejecting the app from its App Store, calling it “objectionable and crude.” Roots Action, which is run by the left-leaning Action for a Progressive Future, launched a petition last week asking Apple to reconsider.

{mosads}“What is ‘objectionable and crude’ are the drone strikes themselves,” Kucinich told The Hill. “I strongly support any effort to bring increased transparency to our combat drone program. This program continues to operate without transparency and accountability.”

Action for a Progressive Future says the Drones+ app does not reveal any secret information but merely adds a location to a map every time a drone strike is reported in the media and added to a database maintained by the U.K.’s Bureau of Investigative Journalism. The group says Apple received $9 million in Pentagon contracts in recent years.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

“We are interested in knowing where our government is using drones and has killed people, not in celebrating that killing,” the petition states. “The Drones+ app simply collects locations as reported in the media and vetted by a well-respected journalist organization. Why would you censor that simple public information?”

The petition comes as U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and elsewhere are coming under increased scrutiny domestically and abroad. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Susan Rice, said Monday she would not rule out cooperating with a proposed U.N. probe into the controversial program.


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