To: Congress

Resume reporting on weapons sales

Resume reporting on weapons sales

Petition Text

Instruct the Congressional Research Service to resume its reporting on the arms trade.

Why is this important?

Since 2011, the United States has sold a great deal of weapons. But the U.S. government has stopped reporting on its own and other nations' arms sales. CRS has its own internal government sources of information. The report it used to produce is not duplicated by any other publication.

The United States is no longer documenting one of its biggest and most deadly businesses. In 2012, Richard Grimmett retired from the Congressional Research Service. He had been the chief author of its reports on international weapons sales and transfers.

It is thanks to those reports that we know, with some reliability, that as of 2011 the United States accounted for 79% of the value of transfer agreements to ship weapons to governments in the Middle East, 79% also to poor nations around the world, and 77% of the value of total agreements to ship weapons to other countries.

We can compare these numbers with earlier years, but not with later ones.

Even if Congress doesn't want to know, it should not get away with denying us that right.

Background:
CRS Report for Congress, Prepared for Members and Committees of Congress, Conventional Arms Transfers to Developing Nations, 2004-2011
http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/weapons/R42678.pdf

How it will be delivered

To Congress Members in districts and in Washington, D.C.


Reasons for signing

  • War is the final act of the failure of mankind to achieve the prime function of his existence. It demonstrates a total lack of intelligence. It is the ultimate act of stupidity.
  • Ultimately, our nation must stop promoting war and must work for peace, stability, and prosperity for all.
  • Profit from arms trade is an obvious reason for the perpetuation of conflict. No war - no need for the goods and services ( mainly weapons) that corporate arms research/production/sales stakeholders are invested in. Cover-up, lack of disclosure and accountability ensure these stakeholders a fast-track unencumbered by meaningful, accurately informed democratic process.

Updates

2015-12-28 16:16:15 -0500
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