A crowd gathered at the Iowa Air National Guard Base in Des Moines Saturday morning to protest the use of drones in war.
The rally was organized by the Midwest Veterans for Peace and Catholic Workers. Organizers, including former priest Frank Cordaro, described the rally as a civil disobedience action and expected some participants to be arrested. They demonstrated against the use of unmanned drones to carry out military strikes.
Critics have charged that drone strikes cause widespread civilian deaths and are conducted with inadequate oversight. Defense analysts say drones are the future of warfare.
The unlawful use of non-military drones in Iowa would be included in the state's trespassing code under a bill revised and approved by a legislative panel this past week. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-0 Wednesday to approve the measure with Democratic Sen. Steve Sodders opting not to vote. It is now eligible for debate on the Senate floor.
Under the bill, drone use would be considered trespassing if the device encroaches upon someone's privacy on private property.