US Army Chaplain Resigns in Protest Over Drones, 'Policy of Unaccountable Killing'

An Army chaplain has resigned in protest over the United States “policy of unaccountable killing” through drone warfare and the nation’s continued investment into nuclear weapons, which “threaten the existence of humankind and the earth.”

In his letter sent April 12, 2016 to President Barack Obama, Rev. John Antal, a Unitarian Universalist Church minister in Rock Tavern, New York, wrote, “The Executive Branch continues to claim the right to kill anyone, anywhere on earth, at any tie, for secret reasons, based on secret evidence, in a secret process, undertaken by unidentified officials.”

Antal served as a chaplain from September 2012 to February 2013 at the Kandahar Airbase in southern Afghanistan. “While deployed,” he wrote in Feb. 2015 a the Times Herald-Record, “I concluded our drone strikes disproportionately kill innocent people.”

He added:

“I resign because I refuse to support U.S. policy of preventive war, permanent military supremacy, and global power projection,” his letter of resignation states.

Military.com, which spoke to Antal on Wednesday, reports that he “remains a chaplain with the 354th Transportation Battalion at Fort Totten, New York” while his resignation is being processed.

Stopping drone strikes and providing transparency for ones that already took place is essential, Antal wrote last year.

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