DRONE ACTION ORGANIZERS BULLETIN – December 9, 2014

THIRD DECEMBER COUNTER-DRONE WAR ORGANIZERS BULLETIN
December 9, 2014
Edited by Nick Mottern, Coordinator, Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare

Organizers Conference Call: Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014  9 pm EST
(605) 562-3000 – Access Code: 484539#

Information on counter-drone actions and related poems has been coming in fast, hence the third bulletin this month.

1.    Kathy Kelly and Georgia Go on Trial Tomorrow in Missouri.
2.    Livestreaming Tomorrow of Congressional Drone Hearing.
3.    Drone Protest To Connect to Police Killings.
4.    Beale Protests Continue.
5.    Hosts Needed for Leah Bolger’s Quilt Project.
6.    Drone Protest Planned for Pennsylvania Governor’s Inauguration. 
7.    Drone War Resistance in Tucson. 
8.    A Letter from Mark Colville and a Comment on His Sentence.
9.    Poems, Songs and Reflections by James Ricks, Jack Gilroy, Bruce Cockburn and Brian Terrell.

 

64_general-atomics-mq1-predator-drone-1A digitally altered photo of a Predator drone by artist Joseph DeLappe describing the impulse that drives drone war.  This link also provides photos of the Reaper and Global Hawk drones with the same inscription.  http://www.delappe.net/imaging/mq1-predator-drone---cowardly/   Joseph has also produced a rubber stamp with a Predator drone image that can used to stamp money. http://www.delappe.net/intervene/in-drones-we-trust/  Either of these links will lead you to more of his inspiring work.  Thanks to Sandy Fessler the DeLappe alert.

1. KATHY KELLY AND GEORGIA WALKER GO ON TRIAL IN MISSOURI.

Kathy Kelly, co-director of Voices for Creative Non-Violence, ad Georgia Walker, director of Journey to a New Life, a program that helps ex-prisoners get work and housing, will go on trial Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 in federal court in Jefferson City, MO, charged with trespassing in their drone war protest at Whiteman Air Force Base on June 1, 2014.

In October 2012, federal Judge Matt Whitworth, who will preside at the Kelly-Walker trial, sentenced drone war protester Brian Terrell to six months in federal prisoner after he was found guilty of trespassing at Whiteman.

Attachment A is a press release in which Kathy and Georgia discuss the case.

 

2. LIVESTREAMING TOMORROW OF CONGRESSIONAL DRONE HEARING.

Thanks to Georgina Shanley in southern New Jersey for sending notification of a hearing that will be held tomorrow, Dec. 10 that will consider the problems of integrating drones into US airspace.  Notably, no one has been asked to testify on the challenges to privacy presented by drones.

That is not surprising because the hearing is being chaired by Cong. Frank Lobiondo (R) from southern New Jersey, a member of the House drone caucus and the recipient of $112,750 in campaign contributions from aerospace industrialists involved in the drone business, according to Open Secrets.org.

Here is the link that gives more details about the hearing and the live streaming.  This will be well worth watching if you can make the time. http://transportation.house.gov/calendar/eventsingle.aspx?EventID=398520

 

3. DRONE PROTEST TO CONNECT TO POLICE KILLINGS.

On Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, there will be a counter-drone war protest at the White Plains, NY office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey that draws a connection between US drone attacks and police killing and harassment of people of color in the United States.  See Attachment B for the press release.

 

4. BEALE PROTESTS CONTINUE.

Barry Binks reports:

Monday, Dec 15, 3 - 5pm, Join N. Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare and Global militarization at Beale AFB monthly protest. Wheatland gate, 3960 S. Beale Rd. @ Ostrom Rd, followed by potluck and camping at Main gate. FMI: Nevada County: 941-320-0291; Sacramento: 916-284-0944, bbinks@comcast.net.

Tuesday, Dec 16, 6 - 8am, Join N. Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare and Global militarization at Beale AFB monthly protest. Location has been changed to the Wheatland for Tuesday morning also. FMI: Nevada County: 941-320-0291; Sacramento: 916-284-0944, , bbinks@comcast.net.

 

5. HOSTS NEEDED FOR LEAH BOLGER’S QUILT PROJECT.

Leah Bolger sent in the following, seeking hosts for the Drones Quilt Project in 2015:

The Drones Quilt Project was created to raise awareness about the illegal and immoral use of weaponized drones by the United States, which are responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, primarily in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Each block of the quilts bears the name of a drone victim and was created by a different individual.

The Drones Quilt Project exhibit has been seen by thousands as it has traveled around the country for the the past 18 months, visiting 20 cities, and the last two VFP conventions. VFP is a sponsoring organization of the DQP which received a Zinn grant last year.

What we need now are people to step up as hosts for the exhibit.  The 2015 calendar is wide open for booking the exhibit.  Please contact Leah Bolger at leahbolger@comcast.net541-207-7761, or check the DQP website for more details about hosting the exhibit.

 

6. DRONE PROTEST PLANNED FOR PENNSYLVANIA GOVERNOR’S INAUGURATION.

In what appears to be the first such protest, the Brandywine Peace Community, in Philadelphia, PA, is planning to demonstrate at the January 20, 2015 inauguration of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolfe to get him to oppose the opening of a drone control center at the Horsham, PA Air National Guard base.

Bob Smith, Brandywine’s coordinator, says:

 “Yes, the drone command center is federally funded as is the entire PA National Guard and Air National Guard (as, in all probability, is all 51 states under the "federalization" of the Guard in time of war provision).  However, the Governor is the head of the Guard, and the command center is being established on Pennsylvania state land, home to William Penn's and the Quakers "Holy Experiment" of living together in peace.”

The need to travel to Pennsylvania’s capital in Harrisburg for the inauguration protest Brandywine to change the regular date for their protest at Lockheed Martin in King of Prussia, PA from Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19 to Saturday, January.  Bob explains the change this way:

“The why is scheduling and not symbolic, though that would be reason enough as the official King day holiday has, in effect, been an evisceration of the memory and example of Dr. King - at best, a day of "voluntarism", at worst, holiday sales.  We certainly reflected on that year after year as the memory grew dimmer which is why we called our's Martin Luther King Day of Nonviolent Resistance.”

The Lockheed Martin protest will occur at noon on January 17 at 230 Mall Boulevard (Mall & Goddard Boulevard), King of Prussia, PA (behind the King of Prussia) and it will include, Bob says,  “civil resistance to the world's #1 war profiteer.” 

 

7. DRONE WAR RESISTANCE IN TUCSON.

In the first bulletin published this month, I included a commentary on our achievements and problems in opposing drone attacks and drone surveillance in which I spoke of civil resistance at Hancock, Beale, Creech, Whiteman, the CIA at Langley, VA, and recently the Des Moines, drone bases.

Jack Cohen – Joppa, who, with his wife Felice, publishes the Nuclear Resister http://www.nukeresister.org responded as follows:

“While I don’t enjoy being provincial, and it has been a couple of years, could you please also acknowledge that there has been civil resistance here in Tucson?

See

http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/03/drone-protesters-arrested-at-tucson.html

and

http://www.nukeresister.org/2011/01/17/three-arrested-at-davis-monthan-afb-during-tucson-anti-war-protest-honoring-dr-kings-birthday/

and

http://www.nukeresister.org/2012/12/31/feast-of-the-holy-innocents-commemorated-with-arrests-at-davis-monthan-afb-stratcom-and-the-pentagon/

“Meanwhile, several of us in Tucson vigil once/month at both Davis Monthan AFB and Raytheon Missile Systems, where they are making Griffin missiles for drones and other platforms – three Griffins fit where each Hellfire does on a Reaper[1]. John Heid was arrested, there, also. http://www.nukeresister.org/2011/10/03/drone-protest-leads-to-arrest-at-tucsons-raytheon-missile-systems/

“Our monthly vigil at Davis Monthan has been going on for over 15 years, and for the last 5 we have addressed the drone wars being waged there.

“Also, there have been several civil resistance actions at Volk Field, in Wisconsin. Fr. Jim Murphy was just convicted in September.

http://www.nukeresister.org/2012/04/30/seven-activists-arrested-at-wisconsin-military-base-in-action-against-drone-warfare/

and

http://www.nukeresister.org/2013/05/31/e-bulletin-may-2013/

and

http://www.nukeresister.org/2014/05/20/retired-attorney-and-catholic-priest-arrested-at-volk-field-drone-base/

“I do agree with this comment!

B. Recruiting. - Counter-drone war activists, who are largely people in their 50s. 60s and 70s, in devoting their total energies at protesting drone atrocities, have not had the time to systematically recruit and train younger people.  This is a huge problem

“It resonates here because Felice and I (50-somethings) have other pressing responsibilities, so we have consciously not put our energy and skills to organizing a campaign at Davis Monthan AFB beyond sustaining the existing vigil. And here on the border, there are other life & death issues demanding activists’ attention.”


[1] Jack originally wrote that four Griffins can be fitted to replace one Hellfire, and he double checked and provides useful information on the development of missiles expressly for use on drones and the power of Raytheon in Tuscon.  See Attachment C.

10-11,000 on payroll.

 

8.  LETTER FROM MARK COLVILLE AND A COMMENT ON HIS SENTENCE.

As reported in the December 4, 2014 bulletin, Mark Colville was given a “conditional release” and was not sent to jail for his protest at the Hancock drone control center outside Syracuse, New York.

Mark has published a letter to his supporters and his statement to the court, which appears as Attachment D.

As was also reported, it was a great surprise that Mark was not sentenced to jail, particularly since the judge, Robert Jokl had indicated he intended to give Mark the maximum penalty if Mark was found guilty.   This could have amounted to two years.

Ed Kinane, of the Upstate (NY) Drone Action, offered these observations:

I also found mark's sentence baffling.

If Judge Jokl's expressed rationale [that prison would not change Mark’s behavior] was applied generally there'd be a lot fewer prisons.

My guess is that Jokl was impressed by both Mark and and his supporting counsel, Jonathan Wallace.

Someone suggested that the judge, reading Jonathan's motions, could see that we'd appeal and that we'd win that appeal.

Another factor might be the mounting evidence globally (including the recent Reprieve report) against U.S. drone terrorism.  http://www.reprieve.org/us-drone-strikes-kill-28-unknown-people-for-every-intended-target-new-reprieve-report-reveals.html

In any case it was vile to fine Mark [$1,000] for his humane, law-promoting, First Amendment protected action.

Editor’s note:  Information inside brackets added.

 

9. POEMS, SONGS AND REFLECTIONS

Deadly Makeover
By James Ricks

Politics makes strange bedfellows they say.
How much of that game were you planning to play?

You won the election, sent Bush back to the south.
Barack, is that Cheney’s dick in your mouth?

I read the audacity of hope.
You invited me to dare, that this shit could be fair.

Now some time has passed, I feel played like a dope.
I'm talking to you. I voted for you. I never voted before.
Now you've got blood on my hands, and there's blood on my door.

It takes time to turn this huge ship of state? Is such an empty response for those left dead in its wake?

The death of our own cuts too close to the bone. So we can send in the drones.

We can capitalize on our hi-tech advantage. Collateral damage will be easy to manage.

If the ones that we kill, if they don't look like us.
We can still play these fools. We can maintain that trust. We can play them, delay them, and then leave them for dead.

We can keep this same monster. We need just switch its head.

- James Ricks is a counter-drone war worker from Ithaca, NY.

Reflections and Songs
By Jack Gilroy

The following was written by Jack Gilroy after his release in late November, 2014 from 60 days imprisonment at the Jamesville Correction Center having been convicted of charges stemming from his protest at Hancock drone control center near Syracuse, NY.

Hi All: Just a note to let you know that I’m not out of the game even though I told a reporter that I have given my family enough misery over the years and most likely will not be ‘crossing the line’ soon. A probation office was at my door this afternoon confirming my confinement to Broome County except for a visit to Tompkins County to work with my appeals lawyer on reversal of Jokl’s decision. You must know that I’m worried about my application to Harvard and Yale and possible jobs at the US Offensive Department. So, I need to be careful. The fat-budgeted Homeland Insecurity Department thankfully has all electronic devices aimed at dangerous folks like you and me.
The reporter said I was bored. I believe I said the inmates were bored. Other than cards, tv, eating, drinking and sleeping there was nothing to do. For me, it was a time to listen, reach out and write.
http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2014/12/grandfather_of_eightdrone_protester_says_he_was_not_corrected

If you took the time to read the little piece above, let me assure you that although my pen may not be as powerful as the violent sword of war promoters. I’ll continue to pen pieces that may seem lame to those who say “thank you for your service” to men and women who go to foreign countries to kill citizens.

My play, The Predator, about drones and those associated with drones out of the 174th Attack Wing has been done before small groups in Syracuse several times and will again be done at All Saints Church on December 14th. I hope you can come and take a friend. I was told by my Probation Office that I would not b able to be there. Yet, if you go, you can be part of the third act. The first two acts gets into the issue and the audience gets into the nitty-gritty of our assassination program out of Syracuse NY.

My two novels about young men who refuse to train to kill are now available to inmates at Jamesville. An inmate sat down next to me at meal time and said: “I never sat next to an author before”. I was a big deal with guys who I respected and they gave respect in return. (forget about the guards—most of whom should challenge junk yard dogs for full time positions.)

I have a novel two thirds finished and written during my incarceration. Up at 4:30 and sometimes writing into the late night hours, a lot can be accomplished. But my best time was listening to men tell their stories. Yes, I took notes both mental and in writing. And wrote many letters for fellows who did not have the privilege of education that so may of us have been blessed with. Letters to judges asking for a new court appointed attorney since the one assigned has not come to jail to counsel…or to attorneys or wives (yes, some men could not read their wives letters let alone write them).

I’m writing Viewpoint articles to point out not just the injustice, immorality, illegality of drones but the injustice, immorality and illegality of treatment of inmates. A focus is on the lie that Jamesville is a correction facility.

Feel free to use any of the ditties below when your spirit of song gets you motivated and you have a guitar handy. All were penned at Jamesville Penitentiary..
Yesterday, I was on a Long Island radio station extolling our upstate group. Today, I did an interview with a Chico, California station. Yup, no NBC or ABC or CBS but I bet some good people were listening.
Jack Gilroy (“Mr. Gilroy is a criminal. He has no remorse for his crime”) Onondaga County Asst. DA. Oct 1st 2014

Here are the songs in the typeface selected by Jack when he sent them out.

HANCOCK TERRORIST RECRUITMENT CENTER

INTRO: Syracuse, NY was once known for its salt mines. Now, Syracuse has pride in its fine university, medical center and nationally ranked basketball team. The latest news is Syracuse is now ranked #1 beer and burger town in the USA.
So, let’s see what else Syracuse has to note….this song is entitled:
Hancock Terrorist Recruitment Center

JUST UP THE ROAD FROM SYRACUSE U-NI-VER-SITY
IS A TERRORIST RECRUITMENT FA-CIL-ITY
IT’S A PLACE WHERE THE USA
PULLS THE TRIGGER ON PEOPLE FAR AWAY
HANCOCK AIRBASE USES SATILLITES
TO HELLFIRE PEOPLE ----IS THAT RIGHT?

CHILDREN, MOTHERS, DADS & FRIENDS
DIE WHEN THE 174TH ATTACK WING SENDS
HELLFIRE MISSILES INTO AFGHANISTAN
OR WHEREVER ELSE THEY DON’T GIVE A DAMN
ARMS, LEGS, HEADS FLY
WITH LITTLE THOUGHT PASSING BY

SYRACUSE BEER AND BURGER TOWN
BEST IN THE US…MOST REKNOWN
MOST COLLEGE STUDENTS NEVER HEARD
OF HANCOCK’S BIG BAD BIRD
THE 174TH ATTACK WING

THE WING KEEPS OUR BOOTS OFF FOREIGN GROUND
MAKES AMERICANS HATED ALL AROUND
AFGHANTISTAN-PAKISTAN-IRAQ-LIBYA-SYRIA-SOMALIA, YEMEN
AND OTHER PLACES WE CHOOSE TO SIN-IN

ARMS, LEGS, HEADS FLY
AS A ZILLION BEERS AND BILLION BURGERS GO BY

SYRACUSE STUDENTS IGNORE THOSE THAT DIE
TOO LITTLE TIME TO EVEN DRIVE BY
THE HANCOCK 174TH ATTACK WING
KEEPS OUR BOOTS OFF THE GROUND
MAKES AMERICANS COWARDS ALL AROUND

THE HANCOCK TERRORIST RECRUITMENT CENTER
THE HANCOCK TERRORIST RECRUITMENT CENTER
THE HANCOCK TERRORIST RECRUITMENT CENTER

ARMS, LEGS, HEADS FLY
SYRACUSE STUDENTS IGNORE THOSE THAT DIE

THE HANCOCK TERRORIST RECRUITMENT CENTER
THE HANCOCK TERRORIST RECRUITMENT CENTER
THE HANCOCK TERRORIST RECRUITMENT CENTER

////Or……..try these lines for a little levity

INTRO: ONCE KNOWN AS JAMESVILLE PENITENTIARY IN Syracuse, NY, the name WAS CHANGED TO JAMESVILLE CORRECTION CENTER. Is it TIME TO GO BACK TO THE HONEST NAME…THE PUNISHMENT CENTER CALLED -JAMESVILLE PENITENTIARY??.

JAMESVILLE COR-REC-TION FA-CIL-ITY?

I AIN’T GOT NO CORRECTION
NO PRO-GRAM FOR RE-DIRECTION
AT THE JAMESVILLE CORRECTION FACILITY
AT THE JAMESVILLE CORRECTION FACILITY

SLEEP MUCH THE DAY
EAT ALL ON MY TRAY
IT AIN’T NO THRILL
PLAYING POKER AT JAMESVILLE

I AIN’T GOT NO CORRECTION
NO PRO-GRAM FOR RE-DIR-ECTION
I ABUSED MY WOMAN
FEEL REAL BAD
NO CORRECTION TO BE HAD
IN JAMESVILLE
IN JAMESVILLE
IN JAMESVILLE COR-RECTION FA-CILITY

WATCH TV COUPLES FIGHTING ON JERRY’S SHOW
MEN BEATIN’ WOMEN IN MOVIE SHOWS

CORRECTION?
CORRECTION?

CORECTION??

THEIR AIN’T NO CORRECTION
AT JAMESVILLE COR-RECTION FA-CILITY

NO, AIN’T NO CORRECTION AT JAMESVILLE COR-RECTION FA-CIL-ITY

OR HOW ABOUT THIS ONE—Gee-tar needed.
INTRO….The Syracuse Post Standard reported back in September of 2014 that Syracuse has the worst record for public defenders in New York State. The poor don’t just get a bad break, they are forced to stay in jail…no bail money can lead to months waiting in jail before a trial. Public Defenders have no time for poor defendants. Poor defendants usually do not have sit downs with a public defender… often speaking to their court appointed attorney in whispers in court before a judge makes a decision.
Money talks. This song is called:

THE SYSTEM AIN’T BROKEN, IT’S FIXED

JUSTICE IS A TOKEN
SAVED FOR THE WELL SPOKEN
NO MONEY?
YOU BAD!
GOT MONEY?
WE GLAD

THE SYSTEM AIN’T BROKEN
IT’S FIXED
THE SYSTEM AIN’T BROKEN
IT’S FIXED

AIN’T FUNNY
JUST WORKS WITH MONEY
GIVE A LAWYER TEN GRAND
THE JAIL DOOR WON’T SLAM
NEED FREE LEGAL ADVISE?
LIKE THROWING DICE

THE SYSTEM AIN’T BROKEN IT’S FIXED
THE STYSTEM AIN’S BROKEN IT’S FIXED

Lawyers---DA—JUDGES
NONE WILL BUDGE
NO MONEY?
YOU BAD!
GOT MONEY?
WE GLAD!

THE SYSTEM AIN’T BROKEN
IT’S FIXED

THE SYSTEM AIN’T BROKEN, IT’S FIXED

(repeat)

Indian Wars
By Bruce Cockburn

James Christner circulated this poem that does not refer directly to drones but speaks to why killer drones and drone surveillance are being used.

Out in the desert where the wind never stops
A few simple people try to grow a few crops
Trying to maintain a life and a home
On land that was theirs before the Romans thought of Rome

A few dozen survivors, ragged but proud
With a few woolly sheep, under gathering cloud
It's never been easy, or free from strife
But the pulse of the land is the pulse of their life

You thought it was over but it's just like before
Will there never be an end to the Indian wars?

It's not breech-loading rifles and wholesale slaughter
It's kickbacks and thugs and diverted water
Treaties get signed and the papers change hands
But they might as well draft these agreements in sand

Noble Savage on the cinema screen
An Indian's good when he cannot be seen
And the so-called white so-called race
Digs for itself a pit of disgrace

You thought it was over but it's just like before
Will there never be an end to the Indian wars?

- Bruce Cockburn is a Canadian singer/songwriter.

How the Government Makes Murder Respectable
By Brian Terrell

In the Fall-Winter issue of The Sower, newspaper of the Catholic Worker farm in Maloy, Iowa, Brian Terrell discusses how government perverts language to escape accountability for its killing, a discussion that clearly relates police killing in the U.S.  Read it on page 6, here: http://www.justpeace.org/dec2014sower.pdf

In solidarity,

Nick

 


ATTACHMENT A

For immediate release: Dec. 4, 2014

Contacts: Georgia Walker, 816-572-3453; Kathy Kelly, 773-619-2418

‘Drones on Trial’ events: 12/9 talks in KC; 12/10 federal trial in Jefferson City

On International Human Rights Day, Dec. 10, two civil resisters against drone warfare come to trial in Jefferson City, Mo. Why? For trying to say at Whiteman Air Force Base that killer drones—some guided by remote control from Whiteman—violate people’s right to live. The resisters will speak on Dec. 9, the night before their trial, at 6:30 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut, KC, MO. The talks and trial testimony are expected to reflect a Nov. 24, 2014, report that for every intended target of a U.S. drone strike, 28 unidentified persons are also killed.

The resisters are Kathy Kelly, co-leader of the Chicago-based Voices for Creative Non-Violence, and Georgia Walker, director of Journey to New Life, a midtown KC program that helps former prisoners obtain jobs and housing.

Kelly and Walker offered bread and an indictment to guards at Whiteman Air Force Base, near Knob Noster, Mo., on June 1. The guards accepted the bread but refused the indictment, which condemned the remote control of killer drones from bases including Whiteman AFB. Because Kelly and Walker had stepped across a designated line on the road toward the base, they will be tried at 9 a.m. in the Federal Courthouse at 80 Lafayette St. in Jefferson City, before Judge Matt Whitworth. In a similar case in 2012, Whitworth gave sentences of 6 months, 4 months, and probation, depending on factors including the defendants’ histories of civil resistance.

The report about the innocent drone victims was conducted by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and was reported on by Britain’s Reprieve human-rights group. Commenting on the report, Walker says, “In order for the U.S. to kill a single terrorist leader with our militarized drones, U.S. airborne attacks kill at least 28 innocent non-combatants.”

She asks, “How can we tolerate these extra-judicial executions done in our name? These are weapons of mass destruction which are not making Americans safer. These drones are actually being used to recruit individuals to engage in anti-U.S. activities. In the name of permanent and total war on terrorism, we are committing human rights violations. Have we totally lost the moral high ground? Is this the country that makes us proud to be American? I think not.” Walker’s conclusion: “Rise up and say, “No longer in our name!”

Kelly lived in Iraq and Gaza during heavy bombings and has more recently visited Afghanistan about a dozen times, as a guest of Afghan teenagers determined to live together inter-ethnically. Her Afghan friends have been directly affected by drone surveillance and bombings. She says that she and Walker offered the guards bread June 1 “as a gesture of good will. Breaking bread together is a sign of hospitality in cultures all over the world, and it’s something I know my friends in Afghanistan, Gaza, Iraq, and the West Bank would understand.”

Kelly has herself experienced terror from U.S. attacks in the Mideast. “I have lived with people who have shuddered, on the ground, under air attacks, some of which are carried out by drones and some of which have occurred because of information collected by drones,” she says. “I have been with children while Hellfire missiles were aimed at their street and listened as U.S. Air Force planes shrieked through the skies overhead. I’ve been at the bedsides of children whose bodies were ripped apart, and I’ve been with families who have exhumed the bodies of their children and held funerary rituals. I’ve been with young teenagers accompanying their fathers and uncles to exhume the bodies of victims. I cannot pretend that these people haven’t entrusted me with their grievances and asked me to please beg the government of the country where I live to stop the airborne surveillance and attacks.”

Walker and Kelly, along with retired Col. Ann Wright, will explain their June 1 action in their talks Dec. 9 and will cite First Amendment protections of free speech and the presentation of grievances to the government.

Walker’s and Kelly’s June 1 resistance occurred during the May 30-June 1, 2014, Trifecta Resista, cosponsored by PeaceWorks-KC, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Social Responsibility Board, Voices for Creative Non-Violence, Journey to New Life, Peace Network of the Ozarks, Disciples Peace Fellowship, War Is a Crime (David Swanson), Mid-MO Fellowship of Reconciliation, Loretto Peace Committee, Peace Farm (Pantex, TX), Veterans for Peace-St. Louis, Physicians for Social Responsibility-KC, Sisters of Charity Social Justice Office, Chelsea Manning Support Network, & local Catholic Worker Houses.

Photo:  Kathy Kelly, left, and Georgia Walker on June 1 offer Whiteman AFB guards “the bread of peace” and an indictment of all U.S. drone warfare. The guards took the bread, not the indictment, and took Kelly and Walker into custody for about an hour. Photo by Andrew Nelson

Sources:  Reprieve (UK human rights organization) http://www.reprieve.org/uploads/2/6/3/3/26338131/2014_11_24_pub_you_never_die_twice_-_multiple_kills_in_the_us_drone_program.pdf

http://therearenosunglasses.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/every-drone-assassination-kills-28-civilians/

Sources:  Drones at Whiteman AFB—the 20th Reconnaissance Squadron flies the Reaper drone

http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/drones-seeking-terrorists-guided-from-missouri-air-base/article_d77486d5-6569-5639-9018-ea9e3881104f.html (May 10, 2011)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiteman_Air_Force_Base

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20th_Reconnaissance_Squadron

squadron posters:  http://www.squadronposters.com/product/whiteman-afb-20th-rs-mq-1/

 


ATTACHMENT B

FOR RELEASE MONDAY, DEC. 8, 2014.

Contact: Nick Mottern (914) 806-6179  and nickmottern@earthlink.net

Visuals: A scale model of the MQ-9 Reaper drone, eight feet long with an 11-foot wingspan and signs.

DIE-IN SET FOR NOON, FRI. DEC. 12 DRONE WAR PROTEST
FOCUSED ON CONGRESSWOMAN NITA LOWEY

WHITE PLAINS, NY - A die-in marking the first anniversary of the massacre by US drones of a wedding party in Yemen will be the focal point of an anti-drone war protest to be held at noon on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014 at the White Plains, NY office of Congresswoman Nita Lowey, located at 222 Mamaroneck Avenue.

“The cowardly, above-the-law mentality that is driving police killing and harassment of people of color inside the United States is also driving US drone slaughter of people of color in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan Somalia, Iraq, Syria and Libya,” said Nick Mottern, national coordinator for the Network to Stop Drone Surveillance and Warfare (NSDSW) and coordinator of KnowDrones.com.

“We have to stop this behavior everywhere,” he said, “if we are to stop it anywhere.”

The protesters will call on Congresswoman Lowey to oppose drone warfare, the US air war being conducted in Iraq and Syria and the at least $63 billion in spending for more war in the Middle East.  Congresswoman Lowey will also be asked to explain why she accepted $95,200 from weapons industrialists for her 2014 reelection campaign while serving as the ranking Democratic member of the House Appropriations Committee, which approves government spending.

The protest is endorsed by WESPAC Foundation.

 


ATTACHMENT C

“I thought I had read four (Griffins) per Hellfire, but this page

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AGM-176_Griffin

currently includes this statement (emphasis added):

“The missile is smaller than the Hellfire typically used by armed UAVs, which has the effect of reducing the potential for collateral damage and three Griffins can be carried in place of one Hellfire. The Griffin missile and launch assembly is also significantly lighter than the Hellfire, allowing more to be mounted on the payload-limited Predator…”

This analyst confirms that Raytheon isn’t simply taking orders from the government - they are actively in the business of how better to sell a killing machine:

“Griffin was privately developed, and Raytheon took pains to re-use components from existing weapons like the AIM-9X Sidewinder air-air missile and the Javelin anti-tank missile. The resulting weapon carved out a niche in the growing market for small and relatively inexpensive guided weapons, but Raytheon thinks it has more potential, and has been investing in new capabilities…”

and the writer’s conclusions:

“This missile family’s ability to receive geo-coordinate cues from UAVs and other sensors, without the need for an operator to find the same target himself, may be their biggest edge. … That leaves close-in fire as Griffin’s sweet spot, with a potential boost from its ability to also equip tactical-size shipboard UAVs.”

 

confirms the emerging drone market niche for this missile - interesting I see now on that same page confirmation that Griffins are already years in use:

Nov 7/11: KC-130J-HH. Inside the Navy reports … on Griffin usage in Afghanistan:

“Less than a year after first introducing it to the fleet, the Marine Corps has already used the Harvest Hawk… to fire 74 Hellfire and 13 Griffin missiles… while also providing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, a Marine aviation official said here recently.”

And, of course, all of Tucson politics is lined up behind Raytheon, with about10-11,000 on payroll.

 


ATTACHMENT D

Friends,

My family and I are back home after some surprising developments at the sentencing hearing in the Syracuse court.  I’m writing this by way of update for those who have expressed their care and concern for us but may not have heard the outcome or any of the details.  Some links are posted below which provide a good explanation of the action for which I was brought to trial.  Most of all, though, I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you who have been walking with us in so many beautiful ways during this time. We could not possibly have felt more loved and supported, so thank you all.

We all were proceeding with the well-founded belief that I was facing a long jail sentence. The judge himself had made it clear before trial that he would sentence me to the maximum, which, based on the fact that I was eventually convicted on five separate charges, could have resulted in over two years in prison.  Recently our friend Maryanne Grady, a grandmother of three, had been sentenced to a year for just one of the charges on which I’d also been convicted, and the court’s pattern of behavior has turned progressively harsh and intimidating in recent months.

That was why we were so joyously befuddled when Judge Jokl handed down a sentence which included neither jail time nor supervised probation.  I was given a one-year conditional discharge (the condition being that I mustn’t be arrested again in New York during that time), a $1000 fine, $255 court costs, and a requirement to submit a DNA sample to the local authorities with an additional cost of $50.  Some have asked if I  plan to pay the fine and court fees.  The simple answer to that question is “NO”, but we may consider trying to raise that amount and donate it to humanitarian and peace efforts in Afghanistan.  For now, our fine lawyer, Jonathan Wallace, is filing an appeal of the entire case, and we believe he can get us a stay on the collection of the fine pending the outcome of that appeal.

The most important thing to be taken from this experience is the understanding that the drone attacks continue.  Children and families in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and other nations continue to live with the perpetual trauma of weaponized and surveillance drones hovering over their communities and striking without warning, killing innocents at an alarming rate.  We have much work still to do, and the risks we are willing to take for peace must constantly be contextualized by a deepening awareness of the sufferings of our sisters and brothers living and dying on the other end of these homicidal weapons.  My family and I will use this unexpected outcome as an opportunity to rejoice, cultivate hope, and reenergize ourselves for the works of mercy, justice and peace.

For the Democracy Now interview on the morning of the sentencing, click here: http://www.democracynow.org/2014/12/3/peace_activist_faces_up_to_two

For the press conference at the courthouse before sentencing, and post-sentencing interview:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-irmY8IAJdDGF8oFTB98nA/feed/

And below is the statement I spoke to Judge Robert Jokl at the sentencing hearing.  Blessings and Peace!

Mark Colville, for the Amistad Catholic Worker https://amistadcw.wordpress.com/

Judge Jokl:

I am standing here before you tonight because I tried to intervene on behalf of a family in Afghanistan whose members have experienced the unspeakable trauma of witnessing loved ones being blown to pieces, murdered by hellfire missiles fired from remote control aircraft like those flown from the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Airbase.  I stand here, under judgment in this court, because a member of that family, Raz Mohammad, wrote an urgent personal plea to the courts of the United States, to our government and military, to stop these unprovoked attacks on his people, and I made a conscientious decision to carry Mr. Mohammad’s plea to the gates of Hancock.  Make no

mistake: I am proud of that decision.  As a husband and father myself, and as a child of God, I do not hesitate to affirm that the actions for which I stand subject to punishment in this court tonight were responsible, loving and nonviolent.  As such, no sentence that you pronounce here can either condemn me or delegitimize what I’ve done, nor will it have any impact on the truth of similar actions undertaken by dozens of others who are still awaiting trial in this court.

The drone base within your jurisdiction is part of a military/intelligence undertaking that is not only founded upon criminality, but is also, by any sober analysis, allowed to operate beyond the reach of law.  Extrajudicial killings, targeted assassinations, acts of state terrorism, the deliberate targeting of civilians- all of these crimes form the essence of the weaponized drone program that the United States government claims to be legal in its prosecution of the so-called “war on terror”.  A newly-published study by Reprieve has documented that for every targeted person killed in a drone strike, twenty eight people of undetermined identity have also been slaughtered.  The military admits to employing a mode of operation which they call “double-tapping”, in which a weaponized drone is directed back to strike a target a second time, after first responders have arrived to help the wounded. Yet never has any of this been subject to congressional approval or, more importantly, to the scrutiny of U.S. courts. In this case, you had the opportunity, from where you sit, to change that.  You’ve heard the testimony of several trials similar to mine; you know what the reality is.  You also heard the desperate plea of Raz Mohammad, which was read in open court during this trial.  What you chose was to further legitimize these crimes by ignoring them.  The faces of dead children, murdered by our nation’s hand, with impunity, had no place in this court.  They were excluded.  Objected to.  Irrelevant.  Until that changes, until someone sitting in your chair decides to apply the laws that are at your disposal, that are not only applicable, but superceding, this court continues to take an active, crucial role in condemning the innocent to death.  In so doing, this court condemns itself.

And I think it’s fitting to let the last words spoken here tonight be those of Raz Mohammad, who sent me this message this afternoon on behalf of his sister, widowed after a drone attack killed her young husband.  His words are addressed to you:

“My sister says that for the sake of her seven year old son, she doesn’t want to bear any grudges or take revenge against the U.S./NATO forces for the drone attack that killed his father.  But she asks that the U.S./NATO forces end their drone attacks in Afghanistan, and that they give an open accounting of deaths caused by drone attacks in this country.”