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H.R. 4372 (113th): Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 2, 2014 (Introduced).


I

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4372

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 2, 2014

(for himself and Mr. Jones) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Select Committee on Intelligence (Permanent Select), and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To require the President to make publicly available an annual report on the use of targeted lethal force by remotely-piloted aircraft.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Targeted Lethal Force Transparency Act .

2.

Unclassified annual report on the use of targeted lethal force by remotely-piloted aircraft

(a)

Requirement for annual report

For each calendar year, the President shall prepare and make public an annual report on the use of targeted lethal force by remotely-piloted aircraft. Except as provided under subsections (b) and (c), each such report shall include each of the following for the year covered by the report:

(1)

The total number of combatants killed or injured during the year by the use of targeted lethal force outside the United States by remotely-piloted aircraft.

(2)

The total number of civilians killed or injured during the year by the use of targeted lethal force outside the United States by remotely-piloted aircraft.

(3)

The total number of persons killed or injured during the year by the use of targeted lethal force outside the United States by remotely-piloted aircraft who are not included in the totals reported under paragraph (1) or (2).

(4)

The definitions of the terms combatant and civilian used for purposes of such report.

(b)

Exception

A report required by subsection (a) shall not include—

(1)

any use of targeted lethal force in Afghanistan prior to the end of combat operations by the United States; or

(2)

any use of targeted lethal force in a foreign country described by a future declaration of war or authorization for the use of military force.

(c)

First report

The first report submitted under subsection (a) after the date of the enactment of this Act shall include the information described in paragraphs (1) through (4) of such subsection for the six calendar years preceding the calendar year during which the report is submitted.

(d)

Targeted lethal force defined

In this section, the term targeted lethal force means the act of directing lethal force at a particular person or group with the specific intent of killing those persons.

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