Monday, April 23, 2012

April 22 News Release: War Crimes Indictment Served at Hancock Air Base: Thirty-three Preemptive Arrests

For Immediate Release:


 Ed Kinane, 315-478-4571

 Mary Anne Grady Flores, 607-280-8797


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 Mattydale, NY,

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


The Indictment calls attention to Article 6, Section 2 of the U.S.

Constitution and reads: “…we charge that the Air National Guard of the

United States of America, headquartered at Hancock Air Field Air

National Guard Base …is maintaining and deploying the MQ-9 Reaper

robotic aircraft…Extrajudicial targeted killings such as the U.S.

carries out by unmanned aircraft drones are intentional, premeditated,

and deliberate use of lethal force in violation of U.S. and

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


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 Flores

514 N. Plain St.,

Ithaca, NY 14850

1-607-273-7437/ 1-607-280-8797

Ithaca Catholic Workers/Los Obreros Catolicas de Ithaca


"If you think one person can't be effective, you've never been in bed

with a mosquito" -War Resister's League


"Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is

absolutely essential to it"   Howard Zinn (1922-2010)


"Si usted piensa que una persona no puede ser eficaz, nunca he estado

en la cama con un mosquito" Liga de la Guerra Opositor


"La protesta más allá de la ley no se aparta de la democracia, es

absolutamente esencial para que" Howard Zinn (1922-2010)


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.

Martin Luther King, Jr.



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