Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore,
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2008
Contact: Max Obuszewski  366-1637 or
DEFENSE TO MAKE MOTION FOR DISMISSAL IN GHOSTS OF THE
WHO: The Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore was formed for individuals willing to engage in nonviolent civil resistance to first prevent and later to protest the war in
. It is affiliated with several national peace groups, including the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR] and United For Peace & Justice. Iraq
NCNR organized a theatrical event on March 12 inside the gallery of the
Senate. Three members of the Baltimore Pledge, Maria Allwine, Ellen Barfield and Max Obuszewski, joined with Tim Chadwick, Joy First, Judith Kelly, Art Landis, Linda LeTendre, Manijeh Saba and Eve Tetaz as the Ghosts of the Iraq War. U.S.
Each of the ten stood up individually, while wearing a We Will Not Be Silent tee shirt and gauze over the head, and stated "I am a ghost from the
WHAT: Obuszewski filed a motion for additional discovery after reading a report by Justin Smothers, a former doorkeeper in the
Sure enough, once the judge examined the 26-page intelligence report, he discovered two relevant pages. These pages contained an email proposal from Obuszewski sent to selected activists calling for a March 12 visit to the gallery. However, the source was mislabeled as a URL from Common Dreams. It is believed the actual source for the email was a
Obuszewski will ask for a dismissal of the case against all the defendants on the basis of prosecutorial misconduct. He will argue that this information should have been released, that it may be exculpatory and that it was illegally obtained.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 10:15 AM
WHERE: Courtroom 312 in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
WHY: The prosecution presented four witnesses, including two Capitol Police officers. If the intelligence was given to the defense at a timely basis, then the defendants would have reacted differently during cross-examination. Obuszewski also filed a subpoena to have Terry Gainer, Sargeant-at-Arms, testify. Judge Morin denied the motion, but this will be revisited. If Gainer were to testify, he would be queried as to the source who obtained a copy of Obuszewski’s email and why it was covered up by a phony URL. If the judge denies the motion to dismiss, the defense will then present its case. Many of the defendants will testify, including Obuszewski.
All ten defendants, long-time peace activists, have been working for years to try to convince their legislators that the Iraq War is an unqualified mess, a terrible waste of taxpayer dollars and an unmitigated disaster for the people of Iraq and the soldiers sent to fight. They have marched, lobbied, vigiled, protested and written letters to their elected officials. Since they have been unsuccessful in their efforts, they decided to get creative and take their message directly to the
They acted without any criminal intent and pleaded with the members of this august body to bring the troops home and to cut off funding of the Iraq War. Some of the senators present on March 12 were Ben Cardin [D-MD], Ted Kennedy [D-MA], Blanche Lincoln [D-AR] and Senate Budget Chairman Kent Conrad [D-ND]. The ghosts were only obeying their
Their plea was entered in the Congressional Record, heard on C-Span and reported in the media. They hoped their message would reverberate around the country through media coverage and that others would also take the risks of peace and speak to their legislators. It remains unclear what effect the Ghosts of the
See the action at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8BsJdy11Fc
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs