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Anti-Drone Walk Slated to Pass through Berrien County

By John Matuszak
For the Harbor Country News

A group of people, including religious leaders in Berrien County, are taking to the road from Chicago to Battle Creek to protest what they see as a menace from the sky.

The participants will walk from Chicago to Battle Creek on June 3-14 to protest the use of armed drones in the “War on Terror,” that they say kill innocent civilians, create more enemies and undermine America’s standing in the world.

Activists March Against Drones

HAMMOND | More than 20 activists marching from Chicago to Michigan in protest of the U.S. drone program stopped at Calumet College of St. Joseph to talk about what they call an “immoral and illegal assassination program.”

Voices for Creative Nonviolence activists began their walk in downtown Chicago and plan to reach the Kellogg Air National Guard base in Battle Creek, Mich. by June 13.

Force Protection Alpha in Effect

Our purposes were disjointed…in that we were at Creech in response to a clear and present danger presented by the murderous crimes of Squadron 17 somewhere in the depth of this desert outpost. The official and ostensible law enforcement squad, on the other hand, was there in response to the threat that a few unarmed citizens might step across an arbitrary and ever shifting line on the pavement.

Brian at Creech AFB: Photo credit:  John AmidonBrian at Creech AFB: Photo credit: John Amidon

Drone Debate - Kathy Kelly - April 28, 2014

Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence speaks at “Drones: Legality, Morality, and Reality,” Gaylord Hall, Worner Center, Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO, April 28, 2014

Activists Protesting Armed Drones Arrested at Creech AFB

By KEITH ROGERS
LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

Nine anti-war activists protesting remotely-piloted aircraft operations were arrested Wednesday at Creech Air Force Base, 45 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

The protesters were attempting to deliver a war crimes indictment about the base’s armed Predator and Reaper drone operations to Creech commander Col. Jim Cluff.

NDE to Serve Creech AFB with War Crimes Indictment

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, between 6:30 and 8:00 AM, the Nevada Desert Experience (NDE) Sacred Peace Walk will serve Creech AFB Commander Col. Jim Cluff with a War Crimes Indictment (see below). Arrests seem likely when Sacred Peace Walk representatives attempt to deliver this indictment in person. There will also be a vigil in front of the base.

#NotABugSplat: Art Installation in Pakistan Puts a Face on Drone Victims

By Elizabeth Nolan Brown of Reason Magazine
Published : April 7

A sobering and commendable art installation in Pakistan puts a face on the victims of U.S. drone attacks. The giant portrait, installed in Pakistan’s heavily bombed Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa region, features a child who lost both her parents and two siblings in a Predator drone attack.

Talks, Tears Highlight Rally Against Drones

By Jane Stoever

Bearing witness against remote control of reaper drones from U.S. military bases, about 20 protesters rallied Sunday, April 6, at the Spirit Gate entry to Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo.

Noting the name Whiteman Air Force Base, former CIA intelligence analyst Ray McGovern in his talk said, “When B2 bombers flew out of here to Afghanistan and Iraq, they weren’t killing people who looked like us (white), but who were what the airmen were taught to call ‘sand niggers’ or ‘towel-heads.’ White-man is killing brown, black, and other men, women, and children who don’t look like us. White-man Air Force Base is a reflection of the American original sin, racism.”

Whiteman Air Force Base Main GateWhiteman Air Force Base Main Gate

Drones Abroad and at Home

“The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” — C. Little

Chicken Little got it wrong. The sky isn’t exactly falling, but it does pose lethal threats. Those threats are near and long term, domestic and international. They entail surveillance and terror. Weaponized unmanned drone aircraft – the Predator, the Reaper, the Global Hawk — have no crew on board. Hence no head, no heart. These drones are amoral robots exquisitely designed to spy and to kill, to maim and to demolish. Out of the blue, their 500-pound bombs and Hellfire missiles strike like lightning bolts.

Kareem Khan is Free!

Kareem relayed this message: “When I was picked up I thought I would never see my family again, that I would never be free again because of all the stories I have heard about disappeared people. Now that I have been released and have seen the news, the efforts of activists, I know it is because of them that I am free, and I would like to thank them.”

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