Kabul— On July 10, 2014, in New York State, Judge David Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady Flores to a year in prison and fined her $1,000 for photographing a peaceful demonstration at the U.S. Air National Guard’s 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Field (near Syracuse) where weaponized Reaper drones are remotely piloted in lethal flights over Afghanistan. Dozens have been sentenced, previously, for peaceful protest there. But uniquely, the court convicted her under laws meant to punish stalkers, deciding that by taking pictures outside the heavily guarded base she violated a previous order of protection not to stalk or harass the commanding officer.
Mary Anne began her sentencing statement with, “Your honor, a series of judicial perversions brings me here before you tonight.” She concluded that the “final perversion is the reversal of who is the real victim here: the commander of a military base whose drones kill innocent people halfway around the world, or those innocent people themselves who are the real ones in need of protection from the terror of US drone attacks?”
by Leroy Seat
“Monty Python’s Life of Brian” is a 1979 British comedy film starring and written by the comedy group known as Monty Python…
This article, though, is about the life of a different Brian, one much closer to (my) home than Great Britain. In fact, the man about whom I am writing lives only 15 miles from my home town in northwest Missouri.
by John McNeill of WTAQ/WKZO
BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) — A protest that began a week ago at Boeing Headquarters near Chicago, ended Saturday at the Air National Guard Base at Fort Custer.
The demonstrators want the U.S. to stop using remotely controlled aircraft to carry out military missions around the world.
Members of the group walked from Illinois to Michigan over the past week. One of the future missions at the base in Battle Creek will be to remotely pilot the un-manned aircraft in hot-spots around the world.
Battle Creek ANGB has been part of the U.S. Air Force’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) MQ9 Reaper Mission since 2013.
Just this week, a pair of U.S. drone attacks killed sixteen people in Pakistan. It’s the first attacks this year.
Brian Terrell is with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. He says the drone program is being abused.
“This is actually not even an instrument of war any more in the way it’s being used,’ says Terrell, “It’s global…but it’s also a very local issue.”
by Megan Fincher of the National Catholic Reporter
May 29, 2014
The average American walks less than 3 miles per day, but a group of average Americans plan to walk 15 miles per day for 12 days in June. These folks aren’t doing it for fitness; rather, they’re walking 165 miles to protest drone warfare.
CHICAGO (CBS) – Anti-drone activists planned a 160-mile peace march on Tuesday, from Boeing headquarters to a National Guard base in Battle Creek, Michigan.
WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports protesters planned to begin their march at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Boeing headquarters, at Randolph Street and the Chicago River, as Boeing manufactures some of the combat drones used by the U.S. military.
por Jaime Reyes
CHICAGO – Kathy Kelly, una activista contra la guerra, dijo que técnicamente las áreas donde operan los aviones no tripulados (drones) pueden ser entendidos como “zonas de guerra” porque los operan gente uniformada.
Andy Robins of WMUK reports on a protest against drones at Battle Creek’s Air National Guard base
Since the terror attacks in September 2001, the U.S. has increasingly used un-piloted aircraft to watch, and often attack, those considered to be enemies. But the use of what some call “drones” has been controversial. That controversy is headed to the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek this weekend as anti-drone activists end a march that began in Chicago.