For Immediate Release:
Ed Kinane, 315-478-4571
Mary Anne Grady
War Crimes Indictment Served at Hancock Air Base: Thirty-three Preemptive Arrests
Today, in an action that included three women successfully reading a
War Crimes Indictment at Hancock Air Field in
thirty-three members of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones
were preemptively arrested by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Dept. two
blocks from the entrance to the base. Those arrested included an 87
year old woman in a wheelchair, parents (accompanying their children),
a member of the press, and the group’s attorney Ron Van Norstrand.
Cameras, camcorders and phones were confiscated by the Sheriff’s
Department. To view a video of the action, see www.upstatedroneaction.org.
The Indictment calls attention to Article 6, Section 2 of the
Constitution and reads: “…we charge that the Air National Guard of the
National Guard Base …is maintaining and deploying the MQ-9 Reaper
robotic aircraft…Extrajudicial targeted killings such as the
carries out by unmanned aircraft drones are intentional, premeditated,
and deliberate use of lethal force in violation of
international human rights law…” Everyone in the chain of command,
from President Obama to drone operators, is charged in the indictment
(see attached Indictment, also http://upstatedroneaction.org/flyers/indictment2012.pdf).
The arrests preempted political free speech as the anti-drone
activists proceeded silently and in single file on the shoulder of a
public road towards the air base entrance. Sheriff’s Department
vehicles blockaded the road and police officers corralled the group.
Arrests began without warning; most were charged with violating a Town
of DeWitt ordinance requiring a permit to march. How ironic that the
real criminals –who plan, fund and perpetrate drone strikes go free
while citizens who are upholding the U.S. Constitution and
international law are arrested. What is so dangerous and powerful
about the Indictment that such an effort is made to prohibit its delivery?
Mary Anne Grady
Ithaca Catholic Workers/Los Obreros Catolicas de Ithaca
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