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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:41 PM

Dennis Kucinich Calls On Apple To Stop Blocking Drone App [View all]

One of Congress' most outspoken anti-war members, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), is calling on Apple to stop blocking a drone-strike tracking app and plans to hold a congressional briefing this Friday about drones. Apple has prohibited the app, called Drones+, saying it was "objectionable" and "crude," according to the program's designer, Josh Begley.

"What is 'objectionable and crude' are the drone strikes themselves," Kucinich told The Hill. "I strongly support any effort to bring increased transparency to our combat drone program. This program continues to operate without transparency and accountability."

A new petition from the group Action for a Progressive Future asks Apple to allow the app and reads in part: "We are interested in knowing where our government is using drones and has killed people, not in celebrating that killing. The Drones+ app simply collects locations as reported in the media and vetted by a well-respected journalist organization."

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Huffington Post. As Wired.com reported in late August about Apple blocking the app:

It seemed like a simple enough idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America's many undeclared wars. But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store -- and therefore, from iPhones everywhere. The Cupertino company says the content is "objectionable and crude," according to Apple's latest rejection letter.

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