BEALE PROTEST

Protests are continuing at Beale AFB in Marysville, CA, near Sacramento, where Global Hawk surveillance drones are controlled to provide intelligence for drone attacks. Here is a schedule for the latest protest provided by Barry Binks, a member of Veterans for Peace.

Monday, June 27, In May a small group began a successful protest in downtown Marysville before going to our monthly Beale AFB protest.  Please join us, weather permitting, for 1 hour beginning at 2:00 PM at the corner of 3rd & E Street, (In front of Java Detour, Highway 70 just north of the Yuba River in old Marysville).  

Monday, June 27, 3:30 - 5:30 PM, Join Northern Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale AFB Wheatland gate 3960 S. Beale Rd. @ Ostrom Rd, Marysville monthly protest, followed by potluck and camping at the main gate, 4675 N. Beale Rd. FMI: Nevada County: 941-320-0291; Sacramento: 916-284-0944,  barry3355@gmail.com, Chico: Chris, (530) 520-5973chris4pax@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 28, 6 - 8:00 AM, Join Northern Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale AFB Wheatland gate, 3960 S. Beale Rd. @ Ostrom Rd. FMI: Nevada County: 941-320-0291; Sacramento: 916-284-0944,  barry3355@gmail.com, Chico: Chris, (530) 520-5973chris4pax@gmail.com

For more information see our Face Book page at: Occupy Beale Air Force Base. Be sure to check the “Events” page.

DRONE PROGRAMS COMING UP

The next in the series of Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare conferences being organized by the Coalition for Peace Action, entitled “Faithful Witness in a Time of Endless War: Drone Warfare and God’s Call to Peacemaking”, will be held June 24 – 25 at the Christopher Dock Mennonite High School in Lansdale, PA.

https://www.peacecoalition.org/events/729-faithful-witness-in-a-time-of-endless-war-drone-warfare-and-gods-call-to-peacemaking-june-24-25-2016.html

Then on June 29, 2016 Marjorie Cohn will be the keynote speaker at “Countering the Humanitarian Myth: Drones and Endless War” program to be held at the Seattle First Baptist Church in Seattle, Washington. For more information contact Rob Crawford: Crawford@uw.edu

“A THEORY OF THE DRONE” REVIEWED

Marge Van Cleef, a long-time anti-drone war organizer in Philadelphia, provides this review of a remarkably insightful book.

“A Theory of the Drone” by Gregoire Chamayou
2015, New Press, N.Y. $26.95, hb

Chamayou shows how drones are influencing what it means for a “democracy” to wage war. This question is presented and developed with a depth of intelligence and psychological insight that surpassed, for me, much of the material I've read that deals with the technology of drones and their present and future use in war. The author/scholar, in a unique take on the subject, argues that a state, the U.S. in particular, has claimed the right to make war across the globe.

Chamayou quotes philosophers Kant and Hegel who each wrote about the nature of combat. He makes the important point that there is a gulf between soldiers and their antagonists, or “enemies,” in drone warfare. The warrior is not connected to the weapon itself except through a computer screen and keyboard. He/she engages in targetted assassinations without facing the combatant. And perhaps the “moral hazard” is the fact that there are no consequences for the “killers.” The “decider's” life is not at stake. In conventional warmaking there is a moment when the shooter must decide whether to “shoot” or “not shoot,” thus facing his/her “common humanity.” The drone rules out the possibility of such a relationship.

Another advantage for the military use of drones is the fact that if there are no U.S. casualties fewer soldiers are needed in the “field.” Thus it is not necessary to have a military draft and more drones can be deployed.

Chamayou deals in depth with the inevitable issues related to a “democracy” waging war. We know that Pres. Obama and the CIA Director, John Brennan, meet weekly to determine who will be targetted for assassination in one of the countries where “terrorists” are thought to live or visit. This is not war by proclamation of Congress. Martin Luther King spoke of militarism as a threat to democracy. Surely the secrecy in warfare use of drones poses such a threat.

In reading the book I reached new conclusions on the particularly vicious and insidious use of drones, how their use will dehumanize us even more as the U.S. government continues to expand its military power globally.

I recommend Chamayou's book. Local libraries may have copies or will order them.

Submitted by Marge Van Cleef, Phila. Area Anti-drone Network mvc@igc.org

LEFT FORUM DRONE PRESENTATIONS

Here are presentations given at this year’s Left Forum by Ed Kinane, of the Upstate (NY) Drone Coalition, and Nick Mottern, Coordinator of KnowDrones.com

WEAPONIZED DRONES AND THE ENDLESS “WAR ON TERROR”
ED KINANE

Session 7, 3:40 to 5:40 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2016
Panel with Ed K., Nick Mottern, Debra Sweet, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis
Moderator: Amanda Bass
Room 1,127
The Left Forum
John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC

Like the phony “war on drugs,” the phony “war on terrorism” promotes economic interests, serves political agendas, entrenches militarism. Neither war reduces drug use or violence. Nor are they designed to.

Terrorism -- past and present -- pervades the U.S. psyche and economy. Terrorism, so-called, and the fear thereof, blunts our minds, shrinks our hearts. This contrived national obsession gives the Pentagon and NSA/Homeland Security their ever-expanding powers. It tightens their grip. It swells their coffers.

Their bloated budgets, like the Congress that funds them, march to corporate drummers. Since World War II, terrorism/militarism has been exceedingly profitable for the so-called “defense” industry (think, for example, Lockheed Martin). U.S. corporations thrive on the export of weapons and weapon systems. Peace kills the war economy. Why seek peace?

The high-tech war industry – the U.S. economy’s warped backbone – enriches the rich, deprives the poor. Military spending sucks the life out of civil society. That military spree, barely monitored, finances death-dealing projects; these profit-intensive projects preempt job-intensive, life-serving ones.

Pentagon budgets assure grossly underfunded housing, schooling, health and infrastructure development. Along with the nuke industry – now in its eighth decade -- the perpetuated terrorism/militarism nexus drives economic disparity, propping up this nation’s class structure.

Patriots and propagandists endlessly invoke, but seldom define, “terrorism.” Now, I’ll do the unusual – I’ll define “terrorism.” Terrorism is the use, or threat, of violence against civilians for military, political or economic ends. [[repeat]] This definition cuts to the chase, cuts through the layers of jingoism and obfuscation perpetrated by the patriots and propagandists.

The definition has four corollaries:

~ First. Contrary to U.S. mainstream media usage, terrorists aren’t inevitably people of color. Nor are they primarily swarthy or sallow. Here in the U.S. the term “terrorism” somehow only applies to what they – non-whites – do, not to what whites or the U.S. does.

~ Second. In the 20th and 21st centuries, it’s fascism and capitalism that have colonized the skies. Hence most terrorism has been aerial: V-2 rockets, Cruise missiles, Hellfire missiles, napalm, white phosphorus, cluster bombs, depleted uranium, weaponized drones….

~ Third. Most terrorism is wholesale, not retail; most is state terrorism. Most terrorism is perpetrated by uniformed military. In these centuries most war casualties – in their tens of millions – are civilian.

~ Last. Since at least August 6, 1945 the Pentagon has been the world’s most relentless single purveyor of terrorism.

Bottom line: the so-called “war on terror” is a racist war, a war for hegemony, a war for profit. It’s a war its perpetrators and its perpetuators have no desire to see end.

Terror is nothing new; it’s built into this nation’s DNA. Consider the continent-wide armed robbery of indigenous lands. Thanks to their higher tech weaponry, European invaders ethnically cleansed Native Americans – mostly non-combatants. Like our counterparts in Israel and other colonial settler states, U.S. Americans militarily occupy stolen land.

Yes, we are occupiers – and by a curious inversion or dialectic, now it is U.S. Americans who are finding ourselves occupied. [[repeat]] The occupation is so incremental, so normalized, it’s barely visible to us.

If the U.S.-as-occupied-nation notion seems outlandish, consider the following:

~ why was the interstate highway system built to military specification by a general,

~ or why does the NSA so comprehensively monitor our phones and email,

~ or why is every effort is made to keep the U.S. people distracted and dumbed down,

~ or why does the judiciary neglect the First Amendment and why, despite Article Six of the Constitution, does the judiciary ignore International Law (much as Southern judges ignored lynching),

~ or why are the police so heavily armed and drilled in military shoot-to-kill tactics,

~ or why does the U.S. have such a vast prison system,

~ or why do military bases, in all their redundancy, proliferate throughout the land,

~ or – and this brings us directly back to today’s panel -- why are surveillance and weaponized drones, so deadly overseas, increasingly flying over the U.S.?

Further, regarding our national DNA, consider the centuries-long wholesale abduction and displacement of Africans – robbing them of their labor, liberty, languages, dignity and their offspring. Ask: how did such a regime last so long? Without a whip at her back, a noose around his neck, no human endures such rape and servitude. See the film “12 Years a Slave.”

That terror regime in full force lives on today with mass incarceration and what author Michelle Alexander calls “The New Jim Crow.” Police assassinating young black men channel Ku Klux Klan castration. Both are seldom prosecuted. (Note the enduring intersection of impunity and racism.)

We’ve been conditioned to believe terrorism is violence perpetrated by the “other”-- the non-white other. Blind to the origins of white supremacy and privilege, we are the legatees of our previous – and ongoing -- terrorisms. Only when terrorism is defined do we see Manifest Destiny and slavery for what they were. Only when terrorism is defined do we see that today’s “War on Terrorism” for what it is: a war of, for and by terrorism.

Today’s so-called “War on Terrorism” -- quotation marks are a must -- features aerial bombing of tribal people and people of color who can barely shoot back: the Anglosphere globalizing its centuries-long terror track.

Since August 6, 1945 the world has been chilled by U.S. nuclear blackmail. Since the grotesquely one-sided air war on Viet Nam and since the 2003 “shock and awe” terror attacks on Baghdad, the world knows it resists the Imperium at its peril. The world knows the U.S. mostly and more readily targets people of color – whether Japanese, Southeast Asian, West Asian, or…American. The dark-skinned world waits, defiantly, wondering who will be next.

Aerial terror can’t neutralize, but it does provoke, non-state resistance – a resistance sporadically erupting as terrorism. How convenient for the propagandists! The hunter/killer MQ9 Reaper drone and its cowardly ilk seem for now to be just the thing for taking out so-called “bad guys.” However, for each “bad guy” assassinated, many civilians are killed or maimed. More are recruited to resist. Not smart. While drones can be tactically clever, recruiting your enemy is strategically stupid…unless, of course, you profit from keeping the pot boiling.  

Up our way in Central New York the local mainstream media normalizes the hunter/killer Reaper drone remotely piloted from Hancock Air Force Base on the outskirts of Syracuse. The Reaper, a former Hancock commandant boasts, operates over Afghanistan 24/7. These robots are deployed to kill with impunity. The media downplay, if not ignore, drone war illegality, its evasion of due process, its violating others’ sovereignty, and the government lies surrounding its terror. The media sanitize Reaper transgression against human bodies and human rights. The media ignore Reaper indecency, Reaper cowardice.

The Syracuse Post-Standard ignores the back story behind any blowback – always called “terrorism” -- of those avenging and resisting U.S. aggression. Further, perhaps sensing instinctively what a boon to business drones and arms races are, the Post ignores the deadly prospect of weaponized drone proliferation.

U.S. media has little to say about drone “collateral damage” incinerating and dismembering women and children and other noncombatants, whether within or beyond so-called “legal” war zones. But our local media surely typify U.S. mainstream media. So, let me ask: how many in this room heard much about the killing of 150 unknown human beings by U.S. drones and manned aircraft on a single day, March 7, 2016, in Somalia – Somalia, a desperately poor tribal nation the U.S. isn’t even at war with? This massacre, noted in the New York Times, didn’t rate a blip in the Post-Standard [[fact check]].

The December 17 Post-Standard reported that the Reaper now is actually flying – not just being remotely controlled -- out of Hancock Air Force Base and from Syracuse’s civilian international airport. The page 1 story, festooned with color photos, is headlined “REAPER DRONE MAKES HISTORY IN SYRACUSE.”

With no pretense to journalistic balance, such stories fail to note that since 2010 our grassroots group, Upstate Drone Action, has been continually protesting the Hancock Reaper and its operating unit, the 174th Attack Wing of the New York State National Guard. The increasingly militarized local police, at Hancock’s bidding, arrest us as we block Hancock’s main gate and exercise our First Amendment right to petition the government for redress of grievance. Maximum fines and multiple incarcerations ensue.

But the Post-Standard doesn’t acknowledge such erosion of civil liberty. Nor does it investigate or even mention our allegations of Hancock war crime. Further, the Post has been eerily silent about the role that domestic drones are beginning to play in policing and intimidating dissidents and minorities.

Like the 1950s’ “Atoms for Peace” hype masking the dark side of the then-emerging nuclear industry, mainstream media downplay the drone dark side. The Post, it seems, doesn’t want to jinx upstate New York’s becoming the Silicon Valley of an emerging domestic drone money machine. Over the next several years Governor Cuomo will be subsidizing that industry with tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

What does domestic drone development and deployment have to do with terrorism? Plenty. Like the government-subsidized nuclear industry, the domestic drone industry (again think Lockheed Martin) will maintain the facilities, research, engineering expertise, skilled labor, and operators – i.e. the industrial base – that the Pentagon draws on for its terror wars.

As long as perpetual war keeps yielding corporate profit, state terrorism will keep “making history.” If we let it.

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NEW PATHS IN ORGANIZING TO STOP DRONE WAR
Presented by Nick Mottern, KnowDrones.com.

Left Forum – May 22, 2016

Good afternoon. We’re nearing the end of the day, and I will be very brief so that we can have conversation.

I want to say at the outset that I want my presentation to inspire action on your part in whatever direction you feel guided…but my purpose is action.

In that regard, I want to let you know that Debra Sweet of World Can’t Wait, Bob Smith of the Brandwyne Peace Community in Philadelphia and Marge Van Cleef of WILPF in Philadelphia are putting together plans to create an antiwar/antidronewar presence at the

Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia from July 25 – 28. We will have large models of drone replicas that need tending, we need help in making death masks that will be placed around the city as well as other creative activities. Please speak to me after our panel if you think there is any chance you can help leading up to the DNC or at anytime during the convention.

Keeping in the vein of action, I would like to suggest first that when we do education on drone attacks and drone war, that we put the drone attacks in the context of advancing U.S. imperial interests, more specifically in advancing the interests of corporations in controlling resources and labor.  

We have seen that in terms of reducing violence and hatred of the U.S. war, drone attacks have been a failure. But the attacks have been very successful in generating political chaos and in keeping Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya in the category of failed states. These are basically nations in which the people are not able to organize an effective government that will look out for their best interests. If Iraqis, for example, form an effective, representative government they might well renationalize their oil wells.

Note that the U.S. is planning to operate within ongoing war zones to build connections between local and international businesses that will enable business to advance during wars. Read the Rand Corporations report on the Department of Defense’s Task Force for Business and Stability Operations. http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1243.html and https://theintercept.com/2015/12/03/pentagon-task-force-spent-nearly-150m-on-villas-and-3-star-meals-in-afghanistan/

In short, we need to begin to speak very directly about the U.S. empire and the role of killer drones in advancing this empire.

The second point is that in organizing to stop our wars, it may be important to not keep looking toward protest alone. Rather I want to suggest that we look at the options for doing long-term deep education on war and empire in the following areas.

  1. Developing outreach, channels of communication to the mass of workers in the arms industry, which has plants spread widely around the U.S.   In this regard I recommend readying a book entitled “Over There” and within that an article by Robin Riley entitled: “Hidden Soldiers” about women working in the “defense” industry.   The article is based on interviews with women working for military contractors in upstate NY. Ms. Riley is Director of LGBT Studies and Assistant Professor, Women’s and Gender Studies, at Syracuse University.   See also: http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/36236-soul-to-soul-at-honeywell
  1. Visiting local TV station managers and asking that they present more information on drone war and war generally, including looking at empire. They do not control the major news providers, but their voices are heard as affiliates of larger news gatherers. Make requests for the type of coverage you want and ask for subsequent meetings where the station manager will report on what kind of response he or she is getting.
  1. Plan serial occupations and arrests at the offices of your local Congressperson after demanding that they provide answers to your questions about drone warfare and that they sign a pledge to introduce legislation that would halt drone attacks and drone surveillance. You can find a sample “Drone Control Act” on Knowdrones.com
  1. Leaflet at local schools and churches in advance of protests and civil resistance explaining the reasoning behind the protest and offering to come to speak about the actions.

In short I suggest that we have to begin to build local organizations of a relatively few people in each community who are committed to long-term education and action on the fundamental issues of war for empire.

REFLECTIONS OF A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER

Here are thoughts of Frank Brodhead, coordinator of Concerned Families of Westchester, a group in the Hudson River towns of Hastings on Hudson and Dobbs Ferry that focuses on environmental and anti-war action, delivered on April 28, 2016 when he received an award for his work from the WESPAC Foundation. https://wespac.org/category/s11-myblog/

What I’ve Learned in 15 Years with
Concerned Families of Westchester
Frank Brodhead
April 28, 2016

I’m not talking about learning the geography of Iraq or the physics of climate change. I’m talking about being a member of community-based, issue-focused organization. I think we do or have done four things that might be of interest to others.

#1 – Cast Down Your Bucket Where You We Are.

This is a phrase from a Herman Melville story, later popularized by Booker T. Washington. In Melville’s story, sailors, dying of thirst, came across another ship and begged for fresh water. “Cast down your bucket where you are,” they were told. They couldn’t believe this bad idea, and begged again for water. They were told the same thing, “Cast down your bucket.” So they gave it a try, and found it was true. They were at the mouth of the Amazon River, and the water was fresh and pure. They had only to cast down their bucket to save themselves.

In the days and weeks after 9/11, we in the Rivertowns of Westchester were also in crisis. As people do, dozens residents of Dobbs Ferry and Hastings began meeting frequently to talk about the twin towers attack, what it meant for us and the world, and what to do about it. Casting down our bucket where we were, we found dozens of people who agreed with our concerns and what to do about them. So over the years CFOW’s ship has remained in place as a community-based organization, agitating and educating among our neighbors.

Of course we are not permanently anchored. We also participate in protests and other political action in faraway places like White Plains or NYC, or Indian Point. But for us the point is not just to protest, but also to inform our neighbors about what’s going on, invite them to join us, and report back to our anchorage when we’re finished. We try to embody the idea of thinking globally and acting locally.

#2 – The Medium Shapes the Message

As a community-based organization, we naturally rub shoulders with neighbors who have differences with us, or agree with us but are too busy to get involved themselves. To address this gap between “us” and “them,” we use weekly antiwar protests, leafleting at the farmers market, a weekly newsletter, and writing letters for the local newspaper. We also do fun things such as our fundraising concerts at Susan Rutman’s house on the Hudson River. We are the sand in the gears of complacent business as usual.

This face-to-face style of work is in contrast with several other styles of political work commonly used today. In Westchester, a lot of political work involves holding events that reach the awareness other people because the event appears on television or is read about in the newspaper. I question whether this media-focused political work is worth the effort that must go into it, and I think we should give more consideration to community-based, face-to-face education.

#3 – We’re a Jazz Ensemble, Not a Political Party

Today many political activists have moved beyond the hierarchical form of traditional political parties to something more “horizontal” or “collective.” “Occupy” was one example of this. The new political movements in Europe – in Greece, Spain, and Portugal especially – are examples of how such movements can be important on a national scale. Something new is happening, and this virus has now come to the United States.

I like to think of CFOW’s organization as something like a jazz ensemble. We work with melody, variations, solos, and improvisation to present our music to the public. CFOW has a melody – fighting war and global warming, working for democracy and social justice. When new issues come up, we work out variations to this melody. When we are working together well, several people take a solo turn, rather than having the same people be the leaders in everything. And when accidents happen, which is pretty often, our jazz ensemble has to improvise. We are like a Montessori school, learning by doing.

#4 – We Are a Caring Community

This is the most important point. CFOW has established a sense of community or solidarity that is rare in political organizations. It sometimes feels like we are a therapeutic community. The world landscape of many wars and the imminence of catastrophic climate change make this an extremely depressing moment. Being part of a community that is trying to understand and do something about our world helps us as individuals to do what needs to be done without plunging into total despair.

Conclusion

Despite many difficulties inherent in any kind of political work, and with any kind of political organization, I think community-based, issue-directed organizing is the way to go. I think that my experience in CFOW has nurtured that idea and filled it out, often in unexpected ways. It is my hope that, before too long, we can establish a network or federation of similar-minded groups in Westchester that will support each other and make our work more effective.

Thank you very much for listening.

DRONE ORGANIZERS BULLETIN – April 2016 – Special Edition

“Inside Drone Warfare” – The Las Vegas Symposium Tapes

Thanks to the financial contributions by many of you who are reading this, the “Inside Drone Warfare” symposium was held at the University of Nevada/Las Vegas School of Law on March 30, 2016 - in the shadow of Creech AFB, the largest drone control and training center in the U.S.

The entire symposium was videotaped and divided into five parts, linked below. These tapes will give you a profound emotional as well as informational understanding of the impact of the U.S. drone war program on the drone operators and their victims, all of whom have been abandoned by the U.S. legal system.

Please remember that the seriousness and emotion evinced by the drone whistleblowers comes not only from their experiences in the drone program but because they constantly face the threat of government reprisal.

Here are links to press coverage of the event:

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/military/unlv-speakers-concern-drone-warfare-fuels-hatred and

http://lasvegassun.com/news/2016/mar/30/whistleblowers-accountability-military-drone-unlv/

If you would like a DVD of these tapes to use in study groups, to send to public officials or for other purposes, please contact nickmottern@gmail.com. There will be a slight cost, yet to be determined.

Part 1 https://youtu.be/eDsMR4qJ3Zw

  • Ann Wright introduces the symposium.
  • Whistle-blowers’ lawyer Jesselyn Radack speaks about common problems among drone operators and observes: “most of the people in the program definitely have struggles of conscience”.
  • Former drone operator Cian Westmoreland describes experiences in the drone program after saying that what bothered him the most was the “diffusion of responsibility” within the drone program; and he speaks of the “civility” of the killing. He also talks about the impact of war on children.

Part 2 https://youtu.be/_PUsDCig7i8

  • Former CIA counter-terrorism officer Chris Aaron concludes after his experience in the drone program that: “We absolutely are sowing the seeds for the next round of people to hate us.” There is “a lot of guess work” involved in drone targeting he says, and he believes that “we are essentially setting ourselves up for what we would have to call a perpetual war.”
  • Universalist Unitarian Minister and Reserve Army Chaplain Chris Antal tells about being kicked out of Afghanistan by the Army after giving a sermon critical of U.S. military involvement there, including drone warfare.

Part 3 https://youtu.be/jE824m_S9sA

  • Reprieve lawyer Shelby Sullivan-Bennis discusses Reprieve’s work in representing the families of drone victims and says that “U.S. courts are kangaroo courts with respect to national security.” She says Reprieve brings cases in the U.S. not with any expectation of winning but in the hope that press coverage of the cases will educate the U.S. public about drone war. ”This is very much a war of public opinion,” she says.
  • Shelby follows up her presentation by presenting an extremely moving video interview with a Yemeni man whose brother-in-law was killed by U.S. drones. Describing the impact of drone attacks on a Yemeni town, he says that “for the people killing has become normal…” They say: “maybe the bombs will fall on us, it doesn’t matter. We’ll die; it doesn’t matter to us.…It’s become all the same whether you’re with Al Qaeda or a normal peaceful citizen you are going to get killed all the same. It’s all the same. You might be alive today and dead tomorrow.”

Part 4 https://youtu.be/qMu0-N3y7yo

  • Marjorie Cohn, human rights lawyer, professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and editor of “Drones and Targeted Killing”, outlines how drone war violates international law and discusses how American exceptionalism provides an emotional underpinning for drone attacks which leads to the kind of thinking that “it’s preferable that foreign little girls get killed as opposed to U.S., American little girls.” She also says that the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Nuremberg Principles establish…a duty to disobey unlawful orders, and “it is my feeling that this defense could also be used for drone pilots who refuse to carry out orders, direct orders really, to kill people with drones.”

Part 5 ttps://youtu.be/5jcVuT4jRkc

  • Brian Terrell, Co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, delivers a timeless, must-see commentary on the philosophical basis for drone war protest and war protest generally in which he says, “when we go to Creech and places like it … we cannot be there to blame other people…”
  • A brief question and answer session that includes commentary on the drone war movies “The Good Kill” and “Eye in the Sky”, ways of supporting whistleblowers and protest messaging at drone bases.

PLEASE CIRCULATE THIS SPECIAL BULLETIN FAR AND WIDE, TWEET TO IT AND POST IT ON FACEBOOK.

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO, THROUGH YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS, ENABLED THIS SYMPOSIUM TO HAPPEN.

INSIDE DRONE WARFARE: Perspectives of Whistleblowers, Families of Drone Victims and Their Lawyers.

  Support-inside-drones-warfare-symposium

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – 6 pm – 9 pm
University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154-1003
Thomas & Mack Moot Court (MCB)
https://www.unlv.edu/maps/campus/MCB

PROGRAM

  • Chistopher Aaron, a former counter-terrorism officer for the Central Intelligence Agency’s drone program.
  • Cian Westmoreland – former drone program communications technician – 606 Air Control Squadron; 73rd Expeditionary Air Control Squadron – US Air Force.
  • Jesselyn Radack - Director - Whistleblower & Resource Protection Program (WHISPeR) - ExposeFacts.org and one of the lawyers for the whistleblowers; author of Traitor: The Whistleblower and the ‘American Taliban’.
  • Shelby Sullivan-Bennis - Counter-terrorism Caseworker - Reprieve.org.
  • Marjorie Cohn - Professor - Thomas Jefferson Law School; editor of, and contributor to, Drones and Targeted Killing; former president National Lawyers Guild.
  • Rev. Chris J. Antal – Unitarian Universalist minister, a member of Veterans for Peace, who served as a military chaplain in Afghanistan.  

Sponsored by Veterans for Peace and Knowdrones.com

URGENT - MARY ANNE GRADY FLORES EDITION – DRONE ORGANIZERS BULLETIN - JANUARY 2016.

DRONE WAR OPPONENT MARY ANNE GRADY FLORES HAS BEGUN SERVING SIX MONTHS IN JAIL

As many of you know Mary Anne Grady Flores, 59, grandmother of three, a caterer, with responsibility with her other family members for caring from her critically ill mother, began serving a six-month jail sentence on Tuesday night, January 19, 2016 in connection with a drone protest at the Hancock Air National Guard drone control center hear Syracuse, NY.

Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright, who has also been arrested at Hancock, says: “All the drone trials are bogus, and Mary Anne’s charges, trial and sentencing were particularly egregious. (A statement from Colonel Wright appears below.)

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT MARY ANNE GRADY FLORES

1. Speaking on Thursday, January 21 from jail, Mary Anne said that the #1 thing she would like to be done in support is for people to organize local anti-drone war teach-ins or other events. She would like the events to include identifying the similarities between drone killing and killings by police in terms of lack of due process and accountability. See Mary Anne’s statement below.

2. Send money to support Mary Anne and the anti-drone war movement in Upstate New York, for example in paying legal fees. Please make out your check to:

Ithaca Catholic Workers, write Mary Anne Grady Flores in the memo line, and send the check to:

Ithaca Catholic Workers
514 N. Plain Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

3.  Send Mary Anne a letter, addressed to:

Mary Anne Grady Flores – Inmate #12001966
Jamesville Correctional Facility
PO Box 143
Jamesville, NY 13078

Here is the report from the Syracuse Post Standard on Mary Anne’s surrendering at court for imprisonment, followed by her statement immediately before her imprisonment.

http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2016/01/dewitt_drone_protester.html - incart_river_index

Mary Anne’s statement: 

https://youtu.be/G_r-7wiBkg4

and that of her attorney, Lance Salisbury:

https://youtu.be/-_D_LbBodYE

Also statements by Mary Anne’s sister, Ellen Grady

https://youtu.be/vgX9x2-MQJk

and Carol Baum of the Syracuse Peace Council

https://youtu.be/r_engGBmYbI

Mary Anne’s imprisonment has received wide press coverage including:

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/1/19/photographing_drone_war_protest_lands_peace

and

http://billmoyers.com/story/a-drone-protestor-heads-to-jail/

and

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mary-anne-grady-flores-drones_us_569e78a1e4b00f3e9863073d?utm_hp_ref=politics

 

Colonel Ann Wright's Statement 1-19-16

As Grandmother Mary Ann Grady Flores is taken to jail today for violating an “Order of Protection” requested by the Commander of the U.S. National Guard Hancock Drone base, Syracuse, NY, I, as a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 29 years in the US military find it quite embarrassing and ludicrous that a U.S. military commander decided that his personal security so threatened by peaceful, non-violent protesters of the drone policies of the United States that he applied for an “Order of Protection” from the courts—and that the courts issued the “Order” without any evidence that any protester had ever even seen the Commander, much less constituted a threat to him. 

I would have expected a U.S. military commander to have had the courage to meet with the group of concerned citizens rather than obtaining a cowardly “Order of Protection.” Had I been the commander, I certainly would have met with the citizens and would never have contemplated getting an "Order of Protection.

I have just returned from South Korea and Okinawa where citizen protesters daily block gates to military bases where highly contentious runways and ports are being built.  Each day police remove non-violent protesters from the gates, but they have never been prohibited from exercising their rights to protest, a right that is under siege by the military and the courts in Syracuse, New York.

As further evidence of how contorted the law enforcement and judicial process in the U.S. is about protests, while armed, white militia hold a federal wildlife reserve in Oregon in protest of the government having too much land and are not even arrested, Mary Ann Grady Flores, a peaceful grandmother who stepped on a double line and therefore violated an “Order of Protection” is going to jail for six months.

The actions by the U.S. military at Hancock drone base and the town courts of DeWitt, New York are blatant measures taken unconstitutionally to silence dissent against the assassin drone weapons policy and intimidate protesters.  They both should be ashamed. 

Ann Wright

US Army Colonel (retired)

 

SPECIAL DRONE ORGANIZERS BULLETIN – January 8, 2016

The Real State of the Union Protest – January 12, 2016

Please do your utmost to participate in this extremely important protest in Washington, DC, organized by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR), that embody the first mass response to the dramatic spread of the U.S. drone assassination campaign as well as the expansion of bombing and introduction of special operations units in the Middle East and Libya.

Here is the NCNR call for the protest:

Join the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance and friends for
THE REAL STATE OF THE UNION
January 12, 2016 1:30 pm
On the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court building, across from the Capitol

Because of the wars:
- We are making enemies across the globe.
- We have no money left to help those who are struggling and living in poverty.
- Our Mother Earth is dying and the climate is in crisis.
- Violence is escalating here at home, especially against people of color.

As Obama delivers his final State of the Union address, we call on him to speak the truth.  The Union, and indeed the whole world, is ravaged after years of endless war. 

What can we do?  Join us on January 12 for a peaceful rally and hear inspiring speakers with real solutions.  Bring signs and banners, and materials to share with others in making signs.  If you are considering risking arrest in an action of nonviolent civil resistance, contact joyfirst5@gmail.com

Here is the schedule for the day:

11:00 a.m. - People can begin gathering at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Captiol St. NE, for networking and making signs.

11:30-12:30 – Those risking arrest will meet at the church for final planning of action.

12:30-1:30 - Open mic giving activists an opportunity to share information on their group and what they are doing in working for peace and justice.

1:30 – Rally, with signs and banners, speakers and reading of the Real State of the Union petition (See below) on the sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court, 1 First Street, NE, across the street from the Capitol.

Sometime around 2:30 or 3:00 - Those risking arrest will attempt to deliver the petition to Congress and the President in an action of nonviolent civil resistance.  If you are planning to risk arrest or want to find out more, contact joyfirst5@gmail.com

Note: Protests are also being planned at Creech AFB, Las Vegas, and Beale AFB, Marysville CA. For more information contact Toby Blome – ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net

 

PETITION TO PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: WE URGE YOU TO CHANGE YOUR POLICIES, AND TO USE THE STATE OF THE UNION SPEECH TO RENOUNCE  INEQUALITY, MILITARISM AND ECOCIDE. 

January 12, 2016

Dear Mr. President,

 As friends and representatives of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR), we are writing to request that you use the State of the Union speech to indicate you will do your best to change the direction of this country.  A real State of the Union would be a frank speech which would condemn our country’s addiction to economic inequality, racial injustice, warmongering and the destruction of our planet.  After being honest about our failures, you would then urge our elected officials to go in a new direction, based on a democratic ideal for we the people, and not for we the wealthy.   Tell them to listen to the people, and not the corporations.  You could inform them that you will utilize diplomacy and other peaceful means.  You could tell them to listen to the scientific community and not the fossil fuel industry.

You could also state that you will immediately end the illegal and immoral killer drone program, and will never resort again to assassination as a foreign policy.  And most importantly, you would close down the Pentagon, the Department of War, and renounce nuclear weaponry.  Finally, you would pledge to save Mother Earth.  The Pentagon would become the Department of Peace with Justice, and its mission would be to shape the sustainable future.

 We write to you as people committed to nonviolent social change with a deep concern for a variety of issues that are all interrelated. Please heed our petition—end our government’s continuing wars and military incursions around the world and use these tax dollars as a solution to end growing poverty which is a plague throughout this country in which vast wealth is controlled by a tiny percentage of its citizens. Establish a living wage for all workers. Condemn forcefully the policy of mass incarceration, solitary confinement, and the rampant police violence. Pledging to end the addiction to militarism will have a positive effect on our planet's climate and habitat.  Should you show any interest in our demands, we would be available to assist in this process.

NCNR members have consistently participated in witnesses of nonviolent civil resistance calling on our government to take meaningful action to confront the climate crisis, the unending wars, the root causes of poverty, the bigotry and antipathy to African Americans, Muslims, and other minorities, and the structural violence of the military-security state. By listening to the millions of people at home and abroad your administration has recently taken laudable steps to avoid using military force with Iran and to reduce carbon emissions, but more significant action is still needed.

Instead of the State Department, your administration uses the Pentagon to deal with conflict, and such behavior in concert with our allies greatly contributes to a violent and destabilized world. The U.S. use of armed drones by the military and the Central Intelligence Agency is inflicting enormous human suffering, is unconstitutional, and is only creating more “terrorists.” Your administration should cease its hostile rhetoric and sanctions against North Korea, Russia, and Iran. Furthermore, the US should seek a diplomatic solution to the civil war in Syria, disband NATO, and end the increasing military presence in Southeast Asia, commonly referred to as the "Asian Pivot," which threatens China. You must end all military aid to Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the other countries in the Middle East. A new approach must be taken by your administration to free the Palestinians from over half a century of violent Israeli oppression. Diplomacy is the only answer to stop the cycle of violence. Regardless of whether noncombatants suffer or not, violence and war are not the answers to conflict. Diplomatic efforts to end the sanctions and hostile relations with Cuba are a good example of the positive path that can be taken and should be followed with other countries labeled as our enemies.

Nuclear weapons can never be used, and the plan to use a trillion tax dollars to “upgrade” the nuclear arsenal is madness. A study by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, an independent think tank that works closely with the Pentagon, reports that the actual costs your administration plans for updating the nuclear triad — the intercontinental ballistic missiles, submarines and aircraft capable of delivering nuclear warheads – will cost one trillion dollars. This is beyond senselessly wasteful!  It is immoral and actually illegal under international law to possess such weapons capable of global annihilation thousands of times greater than the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These tax dollars must be re-allocated towards reviving our sagging infrastructure and supporting social services desperately needed by the poor.  The tax dollars could also be utilized to assist former prisoners returning to their communities.

Almost half the people on this planet live off less than $2.50 a day and around 22,000 children die every day due to poverty according to UNICEF.  However, the U.S. has continued to expend half of the federal discretionary budget on warmongering.  Besides wasting tax dollars, the wars have resulted in untold numbers of lives lost, injured millions of refugees, and contributed to ecocide. 

According to the National Center for Children in Poverty "More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $23,550 a year for a family of four. Research shows that, on average, families need an income of about twice that level to cover basic expenses. Using this standard, 45% of children live in low-income families."

 Unending war and imperialism means rampant death and destruction.  Within the last 13 years, we have experienced how the United States has responded to international crisis with violence.  Our government has waged wars in violation of international law.   The failed Middle East policy leaves a whole region mired in violence and instability including an enormous refugee crisis. The continuing support for Israel’s apartheid state and oppression of the Palestinian people must end.  Furthermore, so many continue to be victimized by killer drones or are tortured and illegally detained now. We welcome the long overdue release in 2015 of some prisoners from Guantanamo but you must follow through on your promise to close this shameful illegal detention camp which has come to represent the racism and structural violence of the American empire.  Even in this country, solitary confinement and mass incarceration is the norm, and undocumented immigrants, who have fled strife and poverty caused by international economic agreements, are held for long periods of time before being deported back into the poverty and instability they desperately tried to escape.

 Our disregard for the causes of climate chaos is leading to the destruction of the planet.  Being controlled, in part, by the fossil fuel industry, our government has not been willing to sign onto international treaties to end climate chaos.  In the article “Greenwashing the Pentagon”, Joseph Nevins states, “The U.S. military is the world’s single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, and the single entity most responsible for destabilizing the Earth’s climate.”

 We believe that another way is possible and that there are alternatives to the life threatening policies that our government has promoted and that have been so destructive to Mother Earth and the people of the world.

Use the State of the Union as a platform to renounce the past and to promote necessary and positive social change. Unless our elected officials take immediate and significant actions, Mother Earth is doomed.

Please sign onto this petition by emailing malachykilbride@yahoo.com

VETERANS URGE DRONE OPERATORS, "REFUSE TO FLY"

At least 6,000 peoples’ lives have been unjustly taken by United States drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, the Philippines, Libya and Syria.  These attacks are also undermining principles of international law and human rights, such as those enumerated in the United Nations International Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1948 under the guidance of Eleanor Roosevelt with the blood of the atrocities of World War II freshly in mind.  The United States is a signatory to this declaration.

Those involved in United States drone operations who refuse to participate in drone missions will be acting in accordance within accordance of Principle IV of the Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the Judgment of the Tribunal, The United Nations 1950:

“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him of responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible.”

So, yes, you do have a choice – and liability under the law.  Choose the moral one. Choose the legal one.

Signed:

John Amidon Cpl E4 USMC 1965 – 1968
David Andre E5 California Army National Guard 1980 – 1986, 1988 - 1990
Kenneth Ashe E3 US Army Vietnam 1969 – 1971
Wendy Barranco SPC US Army 2003 – 2006
Andrew Berman SP4 US Army. 1971 - 1973
Barry Binks E5 US Army 1964-1967
Russell Brown CPL US Marine Corps 1966- 1968
Ben Chitty PO2 US Navy 1965 – 1969
Gerry Condon PVT US Army 1967 – 1969
Troy Cordray HM3 US Navy Reserve 1954 - 1958
Bill Distler E5 US Army 1966 - 1968
Carl Dix US Army Disciplinary Barracks Fort Leavenworth, KS 1968 - 1972
Arthur H. Dorland YN3 US Navy 1964 - 1967
Kelly Dougherty Sgt. – E-5 US Army National Guard 1996 – 2004
Jonathan Engle SFC (E-7) US Army 2004 – 2013
Mike Ferner HM3 US Navy 1969 - 1973
Edward Fox CAPT US Army Medical Corps 1968 - 1971
Bruce Gagnon SGT US Air Force 1971 – 1974
Daniel Garza E5 US Navy 2003 - 2009
Bill J. Gilson AE2 US Navy 1954 – 1958
Mike Hastie E5 US Army 1969 - 1972
Michael Hearington E1 US Army 171st Infantry 1970 – 1971
Dud Hendrick CAPT US Air Force 1963 - 1967
Herbert J. Hoffman SPC3 US Army 1954 - 1956
Matthew Hoh CPT US Marine Corps 1998 – 2008
Matt Howard CPL US Marine Corps 2001 – 2006
Aaron Hughes SGT (E-5) Illinois National Guard 2000 – 2006
Tarak Kauff PVT US Army Airborne Infantry 1959 - 1962
Barry Ladendorf LT US Navy 1964 – 1969
Erik Lobo PO3 US Navy 1976 - 1982
Maggie Martin SGT E-5 US Army 2001 – 2006
Kenneth E. Mayers MAJ US Marine Corps Reserve 1958 – 1966 (active duty) 1967 – 1978 (Reserves)
Ray McGovern CPT US Army 1962 - 1964
Nick Mottern LTJG US Navy 1960 – 1963
Carroll Nast CAPT US Air Force 1969 - 1979
Tom Palumbo SGT US Army/US Army Reserve 1978 - 1992
Bill Perry US Army 101st Airborne/Tet Offensive 1966 – 1968
Kyle Petlock 0-1 US Air Force 2000 – 2002
Charles R. Powell E4 US Air Force 1961 – 1965
Doug Rawlings SPC4 US Army Vietnam 1969 - 1970
John C. Reiger SPC5 US Army 1959 - 1962
Jovanni L. Reyes SSG US Army 1994 – 2005 Active Duty. 2005 – 2007 Reserves
Hannah Roberts LT (03) US Navy 2009 – 2014
Steven E. Saelzler E1 US Army Vietnam 1969 – 1970
Benjamin Schrader E-4 US Army 2001 – 2005
Chuck Searcy E5 US Army 1966 – 1969
Robert L. Stebbins 1stLT US Army 1956 – 1958
Will Thomas E3 US Navy 1961 - 1963
Cres Vellucci E-5 US Army Vietnam 1969 – 1971
Claire White E5 US Air Force 2006 - 2012
Zachary Wigham SSgt. Massachusetts Air National Guard 2006 -2012
Ann Wright Colonel US Army (Retired)

GET THIS LETTER TO DRONE OPERATORS

PLEASE ACT NOW TO GET THIS LETTER TO DRONE OPERATORS INTO AIR FORCE TIMES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

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The U.S. drone war is escalating.   Please join U.S. military veterans who are raising money to put this call to conscience into Air Force Times, a weekly newspaper with a circulation of over 65,000.  Readers include members of the Air Force, the Air National Guard, Pentagon officials and members of Congress and their staffs.

Matthew Hoh, a former Marine and State Department official who was stationed in Afghanistan, and who resigned his State Department position in protest of U.S. policies in Afghanistan, said of Air Force Times: 

“It’s got a huge reach and will be read by airman, dependents, retirees, USAF civilians, contractors, etc all around the world. It’s left lying around in ready rooms, maintenance bays, PXs, chow halls, etc, in some locations overseas it’s provided for free. At Joint Bases it will be seen by soldiers, sailors and Marines, as well as civilians and contractors.”

We want this call to appear as soon as possible, given the intensification of drone attacks in Afghanistan, the continuing drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia and the new drone campaign in Iraq and Syria.  A Bureau of Investigative Journalism report indicates that other areas under drone surveillance and potential places of attack include: “Iran, North Africa, the Trans-Sahel (West Africa), Levant region (includes Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as well as Syria), Gulf States and territorial waters.”

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/07/30/revealed-private-isr-firms-tracking-terror-targets-at-heart-us-drone-wars/

Click below to contribute.

DRONE ORGANIZERS BULLETIN - January, 2016

Edited by Nick Mottern

1.  REFLECTION ON DRONE WAR AND CONSCIENCE – By Nick Mottern

I have been thinking over the last month about what might be worth saying at this time when our work to stop drone killing and surveillance has been met with the announcement that the United States government intends to expand its drone program.   And almost certainly the level of drone killing – assassination - is soaring as drones are integrated into an air war strategy that appears to be limitless in its intensity, geography and willingness to pummel defenseless, poor people into fleshy pulp and terror, with those left living attempting to scratch out survival amidst rubble and unsustainable communities. (See this link, starting at 0:32

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jxc_OgzIvJM)

On Meet the Press, October 15, 2015 Chuck Todd asked Bernie Sanders: “…you’re comfortable with using drones if you think you’ve isolated an important terrorist?” Sanders said “Yes” as part of a longer exchange in which he endorsed the Obama war practices and said that, if elected president, he would do this and more, with the qualification that the blood being spilled should be largely Arab. (This exchange begins at 13:37 in the interview

http://www.nbcnews.com/meet-the-press/video/bernie-sanders-on-guns-clinton-and-capitalism-542497347638)

Hope

But in this interview there is also a note of real hope with respect to drone war because, for whatever reason, Todd chose to be very specific in asking Sanders about whether drone war is OK.   And, earlier this week I was listening to the Midday Briefing on the POTUS satellite radio channel, and anchorman Tim Farley said the question of drone “assassination” is one that needs to be addressed although there was not time to do it during that particular program.

The point is that the legality and morality of drone war is by no means a settled issue in the mind of the U.S. press and possibly a significant number of the American people.   Drone war is seen as war by assassination, killing without due process based on relentless stalking of thousands of people. There is a moral stench to this that no amount of official talk can blow away.  

To this point, in a remarkable presentation a year ago at a drone conference at Princeton Theological Seminary, former Congressman Rush Holt spoke of drone war as assassination, and he sketched out the ethos that supports it and some of its inescapable moral implications. (See this link, starting at 1:13:05, which includes an introduction of Holt by the Rev. Robert More, Executive Director of the Peace Action Education Fund.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMgeDLbLX1c)

Decapitation

The moral stench of drone assassination is of broad significance, of course, because drone assassination is so central to the Obama “targeted killing” war strategy that involves the use of special operations forces as well as drones. Niall Ferguson, an historian and geopolitical analyst of some renown, who advocates increasing US military strength, surprisingly said the following about Obama’s war strategy in an interview in Barron’s newspaper, published December 28, 2015:

“The resources that go into producing radicalism aren’t about to disappear. Networks are difficult to decapitate.

“The president (Obama) has failed to understand this because his model is decapitation. You think, let’s take out the boss. Then your are amazed to find the network (still) grows.”

Kelly and Tolstoy

Kathy Kelly told me earlier this week that she is finding compelling reading in Leo Tolstoy’s “The Slavery in Our Time”, a profound work that examines the dependency of governments on violence, completed in 1900. http://www.nonresistance.org/docs_pdf/Tolstoy/The_Slavery_of_Our_Time.pdf

The whole thing is very worth reading; here is a quote, among others, that seems appropriate to our involvement in drone war and war.

“I have one life, and why should I act contrary to the voice of my conscience in this brief life and become a participant in your abominable deeds? I will not do so.

“What will come of that?   I do not know. But I think that nothing bad can happen from my acting as my conscience commands me to act.”

So it is encouraging to me to be reminded that conscience is what caused an unnamed whistleblower to release “The Drone Papers”, published in October 2015 https://theintercept.com/drone-papers/ and what brought the four drone whistleblowers forward in November. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/nov/18/obama-drone-war-isis-recruitment-tool-air-force-whistleblowers

It may be that we will find it liberating, and more effective, to have to argue to stop drone war, and war, solely on the basis of conscience now that fear among the public has undermined the value of arguing about the cost or effectiveness of systematic, methodical governmental killing.  

In short, I find comfort and encouragement in this time in what appears to be the indomitable power of conscience.

                                               ____________

2.  THE REAL STATE OF THE UNION PROTEST – JAN. 12

Plans are moving forward for the “Real State of the Union” protest on Jan. 12 in Washington, DC and at Beale AFB outside Sacramento, CA and Creech AFB outside Las Vegas. An explanation of this protest appeared in last month’s drone organizers bulletin.

The protest in Washington is planned to start at 1:30 pm on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. More details will be published here next week in a special drone organizers bulletin.

The protests at Beale and Creech are scheduled to run from 6 am – 8 am. For more details contact Mauro Oliveira: smallworldradio@outlook.com

3.  REPORT ON DRONE PROTEST COURT ACTION

A report on court actions against drone protesters will appear here later in January.

DRONE ORGANIZERS BULLETIN – December 2015

1/12 - STATE OF THE UNION NATIONAL ANTI-WAR MOBILIZATION

January 12, 2016, the day of President Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress, has been selected by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance as a day of national protest against current US military action of all kinds, including drone warfare. (See the Call to Action below.)

JOIN THE CONFERENCE CALL FOR THIS ACTION
Dec. 16 – 9 pm EST
Call-in number: (605) 475-2090 Access code: 109431#
For more info: joyfirst5@gmail.com

This is the first and only national anti-war event to be planned since the intensification of bombing in Syria and Iraq, the spreading of drone war across many countries and the increase in US special forces units going into Iraq and Syria, units that can be expected to engage in kidnapping and assassination.

NCNR is calling on all organizers around the US to create protest events locally on January 12 if they cannot participate in the protest at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

The mobilization comes at a time when all major Democrat and Republican presidential candidates fully support, at a minimum, the Obama war policy. And it is a time when many people who formerly were “anti-war” seem now to be willing to accept the growing carnage because of fear of ISIS and ignorance of the history of US military and corporate penetration of the current war zones, dating back at least to actions in support of the ambitions of US petroleum companies at the end of World War II.

Teach – Ins Now

The mobilization offers an extremely important teaching opportunity, and you may want to organize a teach-in for January 12, given the fear and confusion that abounds. There is a desperate need for people to understand drone war within the larger context of the use of military force to dominate political/economic life in the Middle East, Afghanistan and northern Africa. In considering a teach-in, I recommend you listen to the interview with Michel Chossudovsky entitled “State Terrorism: Franco American Style-#334” (and #334-bonus) that was presented on the Guns and Butter radio show.

https://soundcloud.com/guns-and-butter-1

Why We Fight – To Stop Drone War

During WW II, the US government commissioned a series of documentary films called “Why We Fight” to, as Wikipedia says, “persuade” the US public to support US involvement in that war.   Mauro Oliveira has created a powerful 25 – minute video that would be excellent for teach-ins, providing persuasive testimony by Americans on why the US should not fight drone war.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=enRbp51pVSI

“Bugsplat” Powerpoint

Also with respect to planning teach-ins, you may want to review a Powerpoint presentation created by Mathias Quackenbush. While some of the data needs to be brought up to date, the Powerpoint discusses basic issues with respect to war for resources, drone war and the connection between current wars and climate change. 

http://www.knowdrones.com/drone%20powerpoint%202.pptx

Black Agenda Report

Finally, for insightful commentary I highly recommend that you monitor, if you are not already doing so, the Black Agenda Report.   http://www.blackagendareport.com/

Let’s make January 12 a memorable day of inspiration and resistance.

In solidarity,

Nick

CALL TO ACTION TO DECLARE THE REAL STATE OF THE UNION
JAN. 12, 2016

Guided by conscience, reason, and deeply held convictions, the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance calls upon all people of good will to come to Washington, DC on Tuesday January 12, 2016 to actively participate in a witness of nonviolent civil resistance, challenging President Barack Obama and the United States Congress to address the real state of the union, to immediately stop all U.S. acts of war, and to make significant changes that will put the people of the United States on the path to acting cooperatively with all in the world so that we can all live together in a world of peace, sharing our resources fairly.

The president will deliver his State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress on that day and tragically for the world, without a doubt, his presentation will once again be a threadbare act of political theatre with no relevance to the masses of people here in the United States or around the world. The escalating violence and tyranny of an expanding American empire abroad is destabilizing the world. The US Congress is bought and paid for by corporations and a wealthy minority who believe that assertion of global military control is the only way to ensure their corporate success. Congress willingly rubber stamps empire’s ongoing wars, with U.S. citizens footing the bill, paying the trillions of dollars in military costs benefiting only the 1 percent while causing crippling injuries, deaths, extreme hardship and suffering for so much of the world. Congress is nothing more than a bipartisan betrayer of the people. The ongoing wars for empire must end if humanity is to survive.

To be more specific, the perpetual wars waged by the U.S. are illegal, immoral, and enriching the wealthy financial corporate elites as millions within the U.S. lack basic needs, and billions around the world live in extreme poverty. We see how the wars and occupations abroad, fueled by fear and profit, have literally and figuratively turned inwards against the American people, impoverishing and imprisoning us. The US drone wars are directed at the poorest and least powerful in places like Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries around the world. The people of Syria are now experiencing the US neocon strategy to "redraw the map of the Middle East", greatly exacerbating the international refugee crisis. The region is further threatened by the continued oppression and persecution of the Palestinians with US consent and complicity. The ultimate weapon in the U.S. arsenal still poses a serious danger to all on this planet and all these weapons must be eliminated by all countries which control them.

Furthermore, the racist nature of empire with its structures of violence and oppression are directed at all of us.  Islamophobia, racism, police violence, and the growing security surveillance state must be resisted to protect the liberty of all. From schools to the prison industrial complex with mass incarceration and solitary confinement at home, to Guantanamo and other sites of indefinite detention and torture abroad, we are all caught up in the empire’s systemic violence threatening the freedom of all. Undocumented people, victims of US economic trade deals and support of oppressive governments, are rounded up, held in for-profit jails for extended periods of time before deportation. The empire’s short-sighted thirst for profit, strategic domination, control of fossil fuels and other natural resources are leading us to more war and destruction of earth’s habitat and climate. We must actively resist and oppose the racism and violence of empire! We must save Mother Earth!  Our resources must be directed away from the war machine and used for peaceful purposes, placing people over profit, with the goal as nothing less than saving of all life on our planet.

We urge those who are not able to be in Washington on January 12 to organize actions locally. We especially encourage those who are already speaking out against drones across the country to consider a simultaneous action. We support our friends in California who are already working on an action there. For information on the actions at Creech and Beale, contact mailto:smallworldradio@outlook.com

Join us in the streets of Washington, D.C., on January 12, 2016 as we all present ourmessage on the real State of the Union to President Obama and the Congress.

For more information or to get involved contact: malachykilbride@yahoo.com   joyfirst5@gmail.com   or mobuszewski@verizon.net 

ACTION BRIEFING (October 30, 2015)

1.  Nov. 4 – Important Conference Call

Please join the phone conference being held at 9 pm EST by the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR). NCNR member Joy First writes:

“Following an action with 15 people arrested in front of the White House on September 22 and the recent release of the Drone Papers we believe the time is right to mobilize quickly and plan another action focusing on Obama's role in the drone program.  We need many voices to come together to brainstorm and plan something that will be a strong act of resistance.”

The call will be on Wed. Nov. 4 at 9:00 pm EST

Call-in number 605-475-2090 - Access code 109431#

2.  Winter War Witness – 2015.

For many of us, winter means snow and frigid temperatures, but please consider continuing anti-drone war/anti-war protests even in the cold. I will be preparing a handout to be published in December entitled: ”What is Drone War (and What Does It Have in Common with Police Violence)?” The handout will include maps showing drone bases in the US and overseas as well as key Western corporate interests in drone attack zones. If you would like to assist in preparing this handout, please be in touch: nickmottern@gmail.com

3.  March 7, 8, 2015 – UN Action on Proxy Wars.

Kathy Kelly reports that she, Medea Benjamin, Ann Wright and Vicky Ross have discussed the possibility of a March 7 – 8 action at the UN regarding the “proxy wars being fought in Iraq Syria and the wider region and the problems caused by the veto power in the security council.  Open up the UN!”  Kathy notes that March 8th is International Women’s Day.

4.  March 27 – April 2, 20015 – Drone War Crimes Hearing.

Toby Blome and I are discussing the possibility of holding a Drone War Crimes Hearing in Las Vegas, NV, during CodePink’s Spring action at Creech AFB. The hearing would be based on, but not limited to, the information provided in The Intercept’s Drone Papers. Las Vegas is under consideration because of its close proximity to Creech, possibly the foremost drone control and training center inside the US. If you would like to participate in the organizing of this hearing please write: nickmottern@gmail.com

5.  April and May 2015.

Projected weekly United Nations vigils/teach-ins seeking sanctions on nations that conduct drone surveillance and attacks and/or fail to curb police violence. The vigils would be held on Wednesdays from 11 am – 2 pm in front of the UN building in New York City with supporting vigils/teach-ins held elsewhere at the same time. Various groups will be asked to take responsibility for each event, giving them an opportunity for exposure as well as expression.   Please send your thoughts on this project: nickmottern@gmail.com

“WAIST DEEP IN THE BIG MUDDY”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXnJVkEX8O4

“The military fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as Isis, is locked in a stalemate, and criticism is mounting across the 60-nation coalition pledged to combat the group that Washington’s strategy to defeat the jihadis is failing.”  - Financial Times Weekend edition, September 19, 2015

The U.S. drone surveillance/assassination program has served President Obama as evidence that he is aggressively fighting “terror”.  And what he has allowed to be revealed about the program is just enough to fix in the U.S. public mind that drone killing is a happy way to kill without putting too many U.S. military people in harm’s way.  Here is a link to a recent such disclosure: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/us-launches-secret-drone-campaign-to-hunt-islamic-state-leaders-in-syria/2015/09/01/723b3e04-5033-11e5-933e-7d06c647a395_story.html

The Financial Times article quoted above suggests that in truth, the drone campaign and the U.S. air campaign in Syria and Iraq are not getting the job done in the battle against Isis anymore than the B-52 devastation visited on North Viet Nam could get that job done.

This, of course, will not mean less drone flights, it will mean more, just as with the B-52 assault.  Indeed, the September 14th edition of Air Force Times suggests in an article entitled “U.S. Troops on New ISIS Front” that Egypt has been or will soon be added to the list of nations now living under drones. 

This all means more drone missions laid on already stressed Air Force personnel, and, according to recent reports, more drone missions being undertaken by U.S. Army personnel using Grey Eagle drones (a variant of the Predator 1) and possibly Shadow drones.

Please read the article from Kathy Kelly in Kabul  (Attachment A) in which she notes that the U.S. is attaching virtue to its drone missions in Afghanistan.  The linked report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism suggests that Afghanistan may be among the nations hardest hit by U.S. drone and air attacks. https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/09/02/monthly-drone-report-august-2015-32-us-strikes-hit-afghanistan-alone/

 

ATTACHMENT A

Predators, Near and Far
by Kathy Kelly

September 21, 2015

#Enough! Fatima needs food and proper medical care, not war!

Kabul—Some days ago, at the Afghan Peace Volunteers’ Borderfree Center, I met Jamila, the mother of a little girl, Fatima, who comes to the Street Kids School, a program designed to help children working on the streets go to school.  Jamila, a young mother of seven, smiles and laughs easily, even though she faces dire circumstances here in Kabul.

Nine years ago, at age 19, she fled escalating conflict in Pul e Khumri, located in the northern province of Baghlan, and moved to Kabul.  Jamila had already been married for 12  years.

Her family, desperate for income, had sold her in marriage to an older man when she was seven years old. As a child, she lived in servitude to the family of her future husband, earning a small income for them through sewing and embroidering. 

At age 13, She gave birth to her oldest daughter . With her when we met were two of her middle daughters, Fatima and Nozuko.  Her oldest daughter is no longer with her, as, at age 12, she was given away, six years ago now, in marriage. Jamila is determined not to give her remaining daughters away in marriage while they are still children.

One and a half years ago, Fatima, then aged 9, developed a fever which lasted for about a month. All four of her limbs became paralyzed.  In a hospital at Wazir Akbar Khan, doctors said she was 10 minutes away from death. They treated her for typhoid meningitis and hospitalized her. After a month, the doctors said she was not ready for discharge, but Jamila had other children to take care of and had already incurred huge debt. The doctors made her sign a form saying they were not responsible if Fatima died.  They said Jamila must continue with twice-a-day injections of strong antibiotics.

After being discharged from the hospital, Fatima continued receiving the injections for a year and a half until, one day, about three months ago, Jamila abruptly stopped giving Fatima the injections.  When Fatima developed a fever, Jamila became panicky again. 

Fatima finally ended up in a private hospital whose initial tests cost 3,000 Afghanis (about $50 U.S. dollars).  Jamila begged loans from her sister, her uncle and her cousins to pay for the lab tests.  

Doctors told Jamila that Fatima needed the injections because the typhoid bacteria were in her blood.

At this point, Jamila, facing a debt of 140,000 Afghanis (about $2333 U.S. dollars ), finds it hard to sleep, worrying for Fatima and her other children. How will she pay her debts?  How can she buy flour to make bread so that the children have something to eat? 

Her only means of income is through washing clothes.  The people she washes clothes for say times are hard, and they don’t have any income themselves. They have only paid her twice over the past two months, once in the form of some meat and rice.

Fatima-and-ali

Fatima in her mud house compound, with Ali, an Afghan Peace Volunteer teacher who helped Fatima get a proper medical assessment

Jamila met the Afghan Peace Volunteers when Hadisa and Abdulhai visited her home in April this year as part of a survey designed to identify children who could participate in the Street Kids School. When Ali, a volunteer teacher at the Street Kids School, learned about Fatima’s illness, he introduced Jamila to Hakim, the mentor for the Afghan Peace Volunteers. Hakim is a medical doctor from Singapore.  Since 2004, when he first began working in Afghanistan, Hakim has recognized that the country’s health care system is riddled by pervasively corrupt practices.  Appalled by the massive doses of antibiotics prescribed for Fatima, Hakim recommended a stool sample analysis which could be done through the lab of a local hospital.  The lab report showed that Fatima no longer needed the antibiotics, that her medical condition was normal. 

The medical system in Afghanistan failed to help Jamila and Fatima. Lack of oversight allowed corrupt doctors and pharmacists to over-prescribe antibiotics, and Jamila had nowhere to turn for a second opinion or for any assistance. Greedy predators, purportedly delivering health care, have steadily taken money from desperate people, like Jamila, in payment for useless or even murderous treatments.  

Jamila and Fatima clearly trust Hakim.  They both looked relieved as he emphatically encouraged the mother and daughter to overcome fears about Fatima’s health.  He told Fatima that she can become strong and stay healthy by drinking clean water and having a healthy diet, including her favorite dishes of beans and chick peas. But Jamila faces another tragic health problem - she can’t even afford flour for bread, let alone nutritious but costly beans for her children. 

The World Food Programme recently reported an alarming rise in food insecurity, across Afghanistan. 

The U.S. pours billions of dollars into surveying Afghanistan, flying Predator drones over cities, towns and roadways, claiming to better understand “patterns of life” in Afghanistan.  But the war system establishes tragic patterns of death, of poverty, misinformation, desperate insecurity, and continued despair. If she could flee her circumstances, Jamila surely would seek refuge elsewhere in the world.  But she has nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide from Predators near and far.

Young people gathering at the Afghan Peace Volunteer’s Borderfree Center long to embrace innumerable people afflicted by war who share Jamila’s seemingly insoluble problems.  Thoughtfully, carefully, they’ve designed a campaign that they call  #Enough! – a simple yet compelling call to abolish wars and instead work to meet human needs.  We asked Jamila if she thought her problems were connected to war.  “Yes,| she said. “War leads to poverty and because of that poverty I have had so many problems.   I hope the war will end so that I can find enough food.”

Kathy Kelly (Kathy@vcnv.org) co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (vcnv.org) While in Afghanistan, she is a guest of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (ourjourneytosmile.com)

Photo credit: Dr. Hakim

REPORT ON THE “REFUSE TO FLY” CAMPAIGN

http://documentarystorm.com/sir-no-sir/

As noted in previous bulletins, a campaign is now underway to encourage drone operators to refuse to fly.  The campaign is necessary not only because the President and the Congress are very comfortable with drone assassination regardless of the law or morality but because the general public has been kept in the dark about the realities of drone war and “targeted killing”.  

The most recent development in the campaign was the publication in September 14, 2015 edition of Air Force Times of a letter from veterans urging drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions.  See the related press release (Attachment B, below) and this press coverage:

http://www.rt.com/usa/315920-air-force-drone-advertisement/

http://www.examiner.com/article/air-force-times-historic-human-rights-ad-disobey-orders-refuse-to-fly-drones

The campaign also involves TV ads, and on September 24, these ads will begin airing for a week in Des Moines, Iowa, coinciding with the final days of the Ray McGovern – Coleen Rowley speaking tour in the state.  Ads will also be aired in Manchester, New Hampshire, in October in relation to the growing press attention to that state’s presidential primary.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE TV ADS AT:

https://www.gofundme.com/knowdronesadappeal

 

ATTACHMENT B

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday/September 16, 2015

Contact: Nick Mottern – Coordinator, KnowDrones.com (914) 806-6179  nickmottern@gmail.com

AIR FORCE TIMES AGREES TO RUN AD PAID FOR BY MILITARY VETERANS URGING DRONE OPERATORS TO 'REFUSE TO FLY'

Hastings on Hudson, NY – In what is probably a first, the Air Force Times this week is publishing a controversial advertisement from 54 U.S. military veterans and veterans organizations urging Air Force drone operators and other military personnel to refuse their orders...and not fly drone surveillance/attack missions.

Air Force Times is a weekly newspaper, owned by Tegna Inc., with a circulation of over 65,000 that includes members of the Air Force, the Air National Guard, Pentagon officials and members of Congress and their staffs.  The ad appears in the edition of AF Times that carries an annual report on the state of the U.S.Air Force.

http://tinyurl.com/RefuseToFlyAFTimesAd or http://tinyurl.com/RefuseToFlyAFTimesAdPage28

Television ads, also sponsored by veterans, have been airing on FoxNews, CNN and other networks since early 2015 – urging military personnel to disobey orders and "Refuse to Fly."  http://tinyurl.com/AntiDroneTVAd

The nearly $5,000 ad, sponsored by Iraq Veterans Against the War, KnowDrones.com, Veterans for Peace and World Can’t Wait, and supported by Code Pink, Mennonite 1040 for Peace Committee, War Is a Crime.com and WorldBeyondWar.org, and individual veterans and friends, states:

"As retired and former members of the U.S. military, we urge U.S. drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.

"According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, as of September 1, 2015, up to 6,069 lives have been taken by U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. This figure does not include uncounted lives lost to U.S. drone attacks in Afghanistan before 2015, or in Iraq, Libya, the Philippines and Syria. All were killed without due process. These attacks, which are also terrorizing thousands, are undermining principles of international law and human rights such as those enumerated in the U.N. International Declaration of Human Rights, written in 1948 with the blood of the atrocities of World War II freshly in mind. The United States is a signatory to this declaration.

"Those involved in U.S. drone operations who refuse to participate in drone missions will be acting in accordance with Principle IV of the Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the Judgment of the Tribunal, The United Nations 1950: 'The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him of responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible.'

"So, yes, you do have a choice — and liability under the law. Choose the moral one. Choose the legal one."

The ad comes at a time of increasing drone surveillance and attack missions, which are now underway in Syria as well as Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. A Bureau of Investigative Journalism report indicates that other areas under drone surveillance and potential places of attack include: “Iran, North Africa, the Trans-Sahel (West Africa), Levant region (includes Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey as well as Syria), Gulf States and territorial waters.” https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/07/30/revealed-private-isr-firms-tracking-terror-targets-at-heart-us-drone-wars/

MORE ARRESTS AT HANCOCK

On September 21, five drone protesters were arrested for blocking the gate of the Hancock Air National Guard base outside Syracuse, NY in a witness that included placing figures of drone victims in the main driveway into the base. 

All of the protesters have been arrested before at Hancock.  Ed Kinane, who thinks that this is his sixth Hancock arrest, asked that special mention be made of Dan Bergavin, one of those arrested, “our propster artist exraordinaire” who created the figures of the drone victims used to block the driveway.

The following report is from Ellen Grady; video by John Amidon.

Drones Kill Children--Hancock Drone Base Gates Closed         

This morning, Monday, September 21, members of the grassroots human rights coalition, Upstate (NY) Drone Action Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars were arrested for closing the main gate of Hancock Airfield to call a halt to the US weaponized drone program operated out of Hancock, in the Town of Dewitt north and east of Syracuse, NY, by the 174thAttack Wing of the NYS Air National Guard.   Hancock is home to “hunter/killer” (the Pentagon’s phrase) MQ9 Reaper drone.  The theme of today’s event was:  Drones Kill Children. 

Those arrested include Dan Bergavin and James Ricks of Ithaca and Ed Kinane, Bonny Mahoney and Julienne Oldfield of Syracuse, who held signs reading “Drones Kill Children” behind wooden figures of drone victims, including dead and dying children. The activists stated at the gates, "We U.S. citizens and taxpayers look on with horror at the millions of refugees fleeing airborne terror and are shamed by our unconsented complicity."

This action is held on the UN General Assembly-designated International World Day of Peace, to bring attention to the US weaponized drone program that not only kills and maims humans, but also destroys homes, displaces and terrorizes whole communities, and perpetuates endless war.

Today’s event is one of a number of Upstate Drone Action’s persistent nonviolent campaign to expose the Hancock war crimes.   On March 19, 2015, Upstate Drone Action shut the main Hancock gate with giant books—the UN Charter, Dirty Wars by Jeremy Sahill, Living Under Drones (NYU and Stanford Law Schools), and You Never Die Twice (Reprieve).

For more information on the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the wars can be found at http://upstatedroneaction.org/.

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA14hZopfL0

DO WE NEED A GLOBAL DRONE BAN YET?

These two articles are further evidence of the need for an international ban against drone surveillance and weaponized drones, weapons that are violating the privacy and terrorizing tens of thousands of poor people of color.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/21/us-mideast-crisis-syria-drones-idUSKCN0RL1CI20150921

http://ewn.co.za/2015/09/22/India-turns-to-Israel-for-armed-drones

DRONE AND PEACE PROTESTS IN FALL 2015

SEPT. 26 – HORSHAM, PA

This message is from Daniel Riehl:

Help bring Pope Francis’ message of justice and peace to the Philadelphia area on Saturday, September 26, by joining the public witness from noon until 2 p.m. to oppose the U.S. military’s plan to make the Horsham Air Guard Station an integral part of the expanding domestic network of drone bases, training sites and command centers.   Because of anticipated traffic congestion surrounding the Pope’s presence in Philadelphia that day, those traveling to Horsham from Lancaster County will leave the Akron Mennonite Church parking lot at 9:30 a.m.  If you are able to participate, contact H.A. Penner at penner@dejazzd.com  717-859-3529 or Daniel Riehl at danyre72@gmail.com 717 519 2674 so sufficient transportation can be arranged. 

SEPT. 28 – BEALE AFB

The following from Veterans for Peace member Barry Binks:

Here is the schedule for our protests at Beale Air Force Base this month.  The theme for September is Campaign Non-Violence.  We have changed the schedule for October because so many of us will be in Las Vegas on trial for trespassing at Creech Air Force base.  Instead of meeting for the last Monday & Tuesday of October we will gather one week earlier, on October 19 & 20.  Theme for October will be Halloween. 

Monday, Sep 28, 3 - 5pm, Join Northern Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale AFB Main Gate, 4675 N. Beale Rd, Marysville monthly protest, followed by potluck and camping at the main gate, FMI: Sacramento: 916-284-0944bbinks@comcast.net; Nevada County: 941-320-0291;  Bay Area: Toby;(510)215-5974,  ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net;  Chico: Chris Nelson 530-345-7590   Note: If the main gate is closedMonday afternoon we will meet at the Wheatland gate.

Tuesday, Sep 29, 6 - 8am, Join Northern Calif. Activists United Against Drone Warfare at Beale AFB Wheatland Gate 3960 S. Beale Rd. @ Ostrom Rd, Marysville monthly protest. FMI: Sacramento: 916-284-0944,bbinks@comcast.net; Nevada County: 941-320-0291; Bay Area: Toby; (510) 215-5974,  ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net;  Chico: Chris Nelson 530-345-7590

You can find more information about our actions at Beale on our Face Book page:  "Occupy Beale Air Force Base". Be sure to click on “Events” to check on upcoming activity.

If you are receiving more than one copy of this Bulletin, or would like to be removed from the mailing list, please email me at bbinks@comcast.net.

Thank you all for your support.  I hope to see you at Beale AFB this month.

SEPT. 30   DES MOINES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE

"Iowa Must Not Pilot Reaper Drones" Rally
Iowa Air National Guard, 132nd Attack Wing in Des Moines, Iowa
Date: Sept. 30, 2015
Time: 3PM to 4PM
Where: 3100 McKinley Ave, Des Moines

The rally, led by the Veterans for Peace Chapter #163 (Des Moines) and the Catholic Peace Ministry, will feature Ray McGovern http://www.raymcgovern.com/ and Coleen Rowley https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coleen_Rowley

Between them, McGovern & Rowley have 51 years of service in the CIA and FBI. They have become determined, articulate, and uniquely informed spokespersons for peace.

(Ray & Coleen will be at Drake University at 7PM that evening, speaking on "Use and Abuse of US Intelligence.") https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!topic/iowa-peace-list/UBhONdgFq8M

For further information about the September 30th rally, contact:

Erika McCroskey
515 554-7899
catholicpeaceministry@gmail.com

Also supported by Veterans for Peace Chapters #161 & #169; AmericanFriends Service Committee; Des Moines Catholic Worker ; Know Drones.com; Maloy, IA Catholic Worker

OCT. 3–10   KEEP SPACE FOR PEACE WEEK

Please see Attachment C (below) for a listing of events inside and outside the U.S. organized by the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, directed by Bruce Gagnon.

OCT. 7    HANCOCK TO NIAGARA FALLS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE WALK

WE NEED TO KNOW: WILL YOU BE WALKING WITH US?

As you no doubt are aware, the Upstate Drone Action Coalition is planning a 165-mile Walk Against Killer Drones, from Hancock Air Base to the Niagara Falls Air Base. The Walk is scheduled for October 7-21, with stops along the way in Rochester, Brockport, and Niagara Falls. 

The goal of the Walk is to heighten public awareness of the mindless murder and relentless terror perpetrated in our names by the escalating use of killer drones.

PLEASE JOIN US!

Those of us planning the logistics for this event (quantities of food, etc.) need to know AS SOON AS POSSIBLE how many are planning to participate in all or some portion of the Walk. We are hoping for a substantial number of walkers in this important event, so we encourage you to participate yourself, and to reach out to your own communities to enlist still more participants.

IMPORTANT: Please let us know ASAP that you or others you know will be joining us for all or part of the Walk.

Contact Peg Gefell at 585-313-6674 or at peg.fink.gefell@gmail.com

Thank you!

OCT. 9–24   MAINE WALK FOR PEACE

Check this link for information on the Maine Walk for Peace, organized by Veterans for Peace, that will go from Ellsworth, Maine, along Route 1 to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. http://vfpmaine.org/walk for peace 2015.html

OCT. 20–NOV. 1    CREECH AFB

http://org.salsalabs.com/o/826/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1317599

CODEPINK WOMEN’S RETREAT & DRONE RESISTANCE WEEK         

Sat. Oct. 24-Sun. Nov. 1 

(Please note:  1st week, Oct. 20-23, "mass mobilization" cancelled.)

Bay Area CODEPINK has been returning annually to Creech AFB in Nevada since 2009 to resist drone murders.  Creech is the most important center for the United States' illegal and brutal targeted killing operations by drones, and it is where hundreds of children and thousands of others from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Syria, Libya, Iraq and elsewhere have been murdered remotely under the top command of the CIA.  Please join us in creating a peaceful force opposing militarism and barbaric drone killing & surveillance.   

Why go to Creech?    

Watch SHUT DOWN CREECH   2015 Documentary:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=enRbp51pVSI  (24 min.....WARNING:  graphic images in first 2 min.)

CODEPINK at Creech, April 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&feature=vm&video_id=vAFi5NbYBZ8  (36 min.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVB6D2iVb70  (Short Version:  6 min.)

This will be a women only gathering of military base activists, staying at the Goddess Temple Guest House.  Engage in creative & joyful strategizing for peace with your sisters while enjoying the beauty of the desert.  "Creative resistance" planned later in the week.  Participate in daily morning and afternoon vigils, M-F, at the entrance to Creech AFB.  Send a strong message to base personnel: 

NO DRONES!    WAR IS NOT WORKING!   MUSLIM LIVES MATTER!

Provide courtroom support for SHUT DOWN CREECH 2015 defendants at their Las Vegas trials.  14 activists have individual trials, October 26-28, in the afternoon.  We will carpool into Las Vegas daily, for those interested.  Courthouse rallies planned also. 

Space is limited to 20 women.  Please reply asap, space is filling up quickly.

Please reserve by Sept. 30 and let us know what days/nights you’ll join us.

IMPORTANT:  Please wait for confirmation from us BEFORE purchasing tickets.

Eleanor will coordinate ride sharing.

RIDE OFFER:  We have funds to pay for rental van and gas to transport 4-6 people from the Bay Area.  Leaving on Sat. morning, Oct. 24, and returning Sat. orSun. Oct. 31 or Sun. Nov. 1, depending on the majority's wishes.  Reserve early to guarantee a seat.  There is also the option for people to fly down one way and use van one way.  

(Flight cost not included)

(Beds for almost everyone).

(http://www.sekhmettemple.com/temple-of-goddess-spirituality/goddess-temple-virtual-tour/guest-house/)  

Hope you can join us!
Martha, Eleanor & Toby

Contacts:
For Reservations, Toby Blome:   ratherbenyckeling@comcast.net,  510-215-5974
For Rides, Eleanor Levine:    eastbaycodepink@gmail.com 
For More Information, Martha Hubert:  mhubert7@earthlink.net

 

ATTACHMENT C

 October 3-10, 2015

Keep Space for Peace Week
International Week of Protest to
Stop the Militarization of Space

Stop Drones Surveillance & Killing
No Missile Defense
No to NATO
End Corporate Domination of Foreign/Military Policy
Convert the Military Industrial Complex
Deal with climate change and global poverty

Augusta, Maine (Oct 9) Augusta Women in Black vigil from 12:30 to 1:00 PM in front of Lithgow Library.  rleisnerrfm@yahoo.com

Bath Iron Works, Maine (Oct 3) Vigil across from administration building on Washington Street (Navy Aegis destroyers outfitted with “missile defense” systems built at BIW) 11:30-12:30 am   Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm (207) 763-4062

Boryong, South Korea (Oct 4)   No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system protest only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net

Chongju, South Korea (Oct 7)   At Bus terminal.  No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system protest only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net

USAF Croughton, England (Oct 3) National March & Rally at U.S. satellite communication and intelligence base. (Space communications, drones, bomber guidance, missile defence and command & control functions.)  12.00 midday to 3:30 pm. Special guest Robb Johnson. Evening peace concert after rally at Friends Meeting House in Oxford at 7:00 pm.  Oxfordshire Peace Campaign, oxonpeace@yahoo.co.uk  

Daejeon, South Korea (Oct 6)   At Chungnam university, Mokwon Univ, Daejeon Univ.  No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system protest only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net

Janakpurdham, Nepal (Oct 5) Introductory/ interaction meeting about Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and my experience of Okinawa, Kyoto and Hiroshima conferences. Social Development Path (SODEP) http://www.sodep.org.np/

Jeonju, South Korea (Oct 3)  At Jeonbuk University, Korean traditional village touring site.  No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system protest  only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net    

Kemijärvi, Finland (Oct 3) Peace defenders will hold a street protest against drone testing and war training area where NATO is feared to be preparing for war with Russia.  kerstin.tuomala@pp.inet.fi 

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania (Oct 10) Noon, Demonstration and kite flying in front of Lockheed Martin (L-M) at intersection of Mall & Goddard Boulevards.   L-M is making a killing in drone war and surveillance technology, building the remote-controlled unmanned planes and satellites that direct the drones and launch their deadly Hellfire missiles which L-M also builds. For more info Brandywine Peace Community, (610) 544-1818 brandywine@juno.com  or www.brandywinepeace.com 

Kolkata, India (Oct 11) Public Meeting at Kolkata organised by Mrs. Arundhoti Roy Chouddhury (arundhoti@gmail.com). Global Network board member J. Narayana Rao to speak.

Kyoto, Japan (Oct 3) Kyoto Coalition against the U.S. X-band Radar Base in Ukawa village will hold indoor rally and march.

Maine Walk for Peace: Pentagon’s Impact on the Oceans (Oct 9-24) Join us in shedding light on the Militarization of the Seas as the US Navy (outfitted with missile defense and space-directed missiles) ramps up their global operations to encircle Russia & China. We will explore environment impacts of Navy on the oceans.  Walk from Ellsworth to Portsmouth.  See flyer at www.vfpmaine.org

Menwith Hill, England (Oct 6) Demonstration at U.S. NSA/NRO Spy Base in Yorkshire.  6-7:30 pm.   Sponsored by CAAB  mail@caab.corner.org.uk  orpercy@phonecoop.coop

Nagpur, India (Oct 3) Mass Rally at Motibalgh jointly by S.E.C. Rly Pensioners Assn and Pragatisjheel Railway Mahila Samaj. Coordinator J. Saraswati. jnrao193636@gmail.com

Nagpur, India (Oct 3) Program on the dangers of weaponization of space at 11 AM to be held at the Women's College.  jnrao193636@gmail.com

Nagpur, India (Oct 3) Program on the dangers of weaponization of space at 2:00 with the students at the National Social Work College.  jnrao193636@gmail.com

Nagpur, India (Oct 4) Bernie Mayer (American Gandhi) will address a women's rally at 4:00 pm on how the masses can be attracted to struggle against space weaponisation through Gandhian technique.  jnrao193636@gmail.com

Nonsan, South Korea (Oct 5)   No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system protest only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net

Pyongtaek, South Korea (Oct 8) At Railroad station.  No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system protest only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net

Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado (Oct 7) Protest at Air Force Space Command’s Space Warfare Center and new joint interagency combined space operations center that will bring the civilian spooks from National Reconnaissance Office and National Security Agency together with military space agencies like Defense Information Systems Agency. bill.sulzman@gmail.com

Seongnam, South Korea Oct 9   (At traditional market) No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system  protest only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net

Seoul, South Korea (Oct 23) No to THAAD only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy protest rally when Security Meeting of US and S. Korea is being held. Organized by SPARK spark946@hanmail.net

Suwon, South Korea Oct 10   No to THAAD ‘missile defense’ system protest only for the sake of US and Japan destroying peace and economy. Organized by SPARKspark946@hanmail.net

Tucson, Arizona (Oct 6) Vigil at Raytheon Missile Systems. Join the Raytheon Peacemakers as we demonstrate against war and those who profit from it.  Survival demands better ideas, not better weapons.  Hermans Road entrance. (3rd traffic light south of Valencia on Nogales Highway, the extension of South 6th Avenue). Park off Nogales Highway, between railroad tracks and highway.  Signs provided, or bring your own!  More info: 520-323-8697.

Vandenberg AFB, California (Oct 7) Vigil in solidarity with "Keep Space for Peace Week" at the main gate of space warfare base from 3:45pm to 4:45pm. For info, contact Dennis Apel at (805) 878-2614.

Washington DC (Oct 5) Pentagon will hold "Keep Space for Peace" and "No Weapons in Space" signs during Dorothy Day Catholic Worker weekly peace vigil. 7-8 AM artlaffin@hotmail.com

Washington DC (Oct 9) White House will hold "Keep Space for Peace" and "No Weapons in Space" signs during Dorothy Day Catholic Worker weekly peace vigil. Noon-1:00 PM  artlaffin@hotmail.com

Keep Space for Peace Week is co-sponsored by the Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom

Resources:

Download our full-size space week poster at:  http://www.space4peace.org/actions/Keep%20Space%20for%20Peacer%20Poster%202015.pdf

Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space
PO Box 652
Brunswick, ME 04011
(207) 443-9502
globalnet@mindspring.com
www.space4peace.org
http://space4peace.blogspot.com

URGENT - PLEASE HELP FILL A $1,900 GAP TO GET THE VETERANS LETTER TO DRONE OPERATORS INTO AIR FORCE TIMES

Through the very successful panhandling of Col. Ann Wright at the recent Veterans for Peace conference as well as donations from her and a number of others, KnowDrones.com now needs only about $1,900 to publish the letter from veterans to U.S. drone operators urging them to refuse to participate in drone surveillance/attack missions.  To read the letter and donate: http://www.gofundme.com/aftimes   You can get a tax deduction and save us the GoFundMe service charge by sending a check to:  VFP – Chapter 87, P.O. Box 191244, Sacramento, CA 95819.

The need for this campaign was dramatically underlined last week by the announcement of the escalation planned for the U.S. drone war program that will put U.S. killer drones over the Ukraine, South China Sea and North Africa as well as Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan.

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/08/17/us-military-prepares-drastic-escalation-global-drone-program 

Other nations to come under U.S. drones, according to an article by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, are: Iran, Syria and the Trans Sahel region of Africa; that includes Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Niger, Chad, Sudan and Eritrea.

https://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2015/07/30/reaping-the-rewards-how-private-sector-is-cashing-in-on-pentagons-insatiable-demand-for-drone-war-intelligence/