Pledge of Resistance-Baltimore,
PRESS RELEASE-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 13, 2008
Contact: Max Obuszewski  366-1637 or
FIVE 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.
Many 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: The jury found Allwine, First, Kelly, Landis and LeTendre not guilty. After the verdict, the others argued a motion to dismiss as the defense did not receive all of the discovery material until the prosecution rested its case. In response, Judge Morin ruled that the government must bring in a witness who could explain how Obuszewski’s private email promoting a gallery action wound up in the U.S. Capitol Police Intelligence Report for March 12, 2008.
On November 7,
Since that hearing, the defense did research on Protest.net and contacted the administrators of the web site. There are archives, and the email does not appear on March 12 or any other date on Protest.net. It could be argued that if someone unknown placed the purloined email on Protest.net, it could later have been deleted. However, the intelligence report for March 12 contained a notice for another protest Stop Loss Congress. This notice is still listed in the archives for Protest.net on March 12. However, the Stop Loss Congress protest was posted widely on the Internet.
So another motion for dismissal was submitted, and, if permitted, Obuszewski will argue there is no evidence that his email appeared on Protest.net. Since there is reasonable doubt, the convictions should be overturned. If the judge rejects the latest motion for dismissal, Barfield, Chadwick, Obuszewski,
WHEN: Monday, December 15, 2008 at 9:30 AM
WHERE: Courtroom 312 in Superior Court of the District of Columbia, 500 Indiana Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
WHY: It is unclear why Judge Robert Morin accepted testimony, without evidence, from a witness who claimed he remembered something he did between 5 and 6 AM on March 12, 2008 when he produced the U.S. Capitol Police Intelligence Report. Since the evidentiary hearing on November 7, the defense was able to do significant research on the web site Protest.Net. It remains unclear if the judge will allow the defense to revisit this matter.
As Obuszewski is one of the 53 activists listed as terrorists by the
All ten defendants, long-time peace activists, have worked 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
"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