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Jon Stewart Finally Takes Strong Stance on Drones

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I’ve been pretty critical of Jon Stewart’s drone coverage in the past. On The Daily Show, he has celebrated drones as an advancement in technology and has even mocked the idea that Americans would fear drones flying overhead.  

But now, he is taking a strong stance on drones by teaming up with Code Pink to demand that Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee, continue to publicly pressure Obama and the Department of Justice to release the memos justifying the use of killer drones on foreigners and Americans abroad.

In a Code Pink press release, Stewart wrote:

I like the president, but if he's going to claim the right to kill me with a flying robot, don't I at least deserve to know why?

Last week, we did a segment on The Daily Show about President Obama’s refusal to release the classified memos justifying his use of killer drones. Now, I've always said that I'm a comedian, even after my role in Big Daddy. But this story got me thinking a little more seriously.

Then I got a call from my friend Medea Benjamin, cofounder of CODEPINK. She saw that my correspondent Aasif Mandvi had the memos and wanted us to release them. But ever since he read them, Aasif's been too scared to come out from under his desk. So Medea asked me to join her in demanding that Congress do something. Naturally, I said no. I'm a comedian, not an activist. But then she said I could have one of the giant vaginas she sometimes wears and I said “absolutely.” As a virile man, I'd do anything for a vagina.

So join me in calling on Patrick Leahy – the big, bald-headed Democrat who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee – to get his hands on those drone memos. If he does, he'll be doing a public service. And he can have my vagina.

For someone with such a huge influence, I’m happy this story got Stewart thinking a little more seriously about drones.

Our drone use continues to kill innocent civilians abroad and wreck havoc on people’s homes. We must increase our outrage and ultimately demand an end to drone use everywhere and in all forms. And we must do so before apathy consumes even more of our indifferent population, and drones become so normalized that we don’t think twice about them flying over our skies.

So Stewart, let’s not play a role in that normalization process anymore, okay?

Thanks.

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