National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance [NCNR], 325 East 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218 Email mobuszewski at verizon.net; Phone 410-366-1637
CITIZEN ACTIVISTS GO TO NSA HEADQUARTERS TO DEMAND END TO NSA INVOLVEMENT IN DRONE WARFARE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 2, 2014
Contacts: Joy First 608 239-4327, Malachy Kilbride 571-501-3729, Max Obuszewski 410-366-1637 or mobuszewski at Verizon.net
WHO: Members of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance (NCNR) have been speaking out against the illegal actions of the United States government since 2003. They have organized numerous actions across the country involving nonviolent civil resistance as they call attention to the violent crimes of our government.
WHAT: Members of NCNR have written a letter to Vice Admiral Michael Rogers, the Director of the NSA (see letter below), calling for an end to the illegal drone assassination program that the NSA plays a significant role in as they provide illegally obtained and sometimes faulty information to the CIA and US military. As we have not gotten a reply to our letter, we will go to the NSA and demand a meeting with someone in a policy-making role.
WHEN AND WHERE: The action will take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 1 PM at the NSA Headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland.
WHY: Within the last month yet another US drone strike took place in Yemen killing dozens of "suspected terrorists". However, due to the lies of the US Government in both the Obama and Bush Administrations, which keeps us in perpetual war, we cannot take these official statements on face value. We know that innocent civilians including children have been killed by US drone strikes and other acts of violence. The NSA plays an integral role in providing information, including faulty data as reported by leading award-winning journalists, to the Central Intelligence Agency and US Military which in turn carry out the drone strikes. US militarism including the illegal drone program is responsible for violations of international law and is going unchecked by the US Congress. We must hold the US and NSA accountable for the illegal and immoral drone program.
The US/NSA is spying on US citizens, our friends around the world, foreign leaders, while waging extra-judicial killing and war crimes in countries like Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
We must speak out FOR the voiceless victims and AGAINST the US aerial assassination program, the death squads of the skies, and unbridled US military aggression.
Thanks to revelations by courageous whistle-blowers like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden we know more about what is happening.
"I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: "Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." -- Edward Snowden
"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
Occupy Beale AFB Update: The ultimate right is the right to life!
May 17-27: "WALK TO PEACE, To Resist Global Militarization and Drone Warfare"
San Francisco to Beale AFB: Please join all or part.....we need support crew too!
Any help offered will be very welcomed! More details soon.
Drone resistance is blooming with spring all across the nation.
At Beale AFB on Tuesday, we successfully shut down, simultaneously, the two main arteries into the base for the first time during rush hour commute.
13 were arrested, 6 were veterans and 3 others had never done civil resistance before!
Big thanks to arrestees:
Veterans for Peace:
Barry Binks, Michael Kerr, John Rieger, Cres Velluci, Richard Gilchrist, Ted Sexaur
Devan Phenix, Bev Fitzpatrick, Fred Bialy, Shirley Osgood, Pamela Osgood, Catherine Hourcade and Cathy Webster
And special thanks to Barry Binks for organizing it all!
Please join us whenever you can and help it to grow!
Photos, video and more here:
In New York, 300 march with Cornell West to Resist Drones at Hancock AFB:
13 Protestors, Including 6 Veterans, Arrested Protesting Drones at Beale AFB Tuesday; Tried to Deliver Letter Charging Obama, Beale Base Commander with 'Crimes Against Humanity'
Main Gate: 7 arrested
Wheatland Gate: 6 arrested
MARYSVILLE/BEALE AFB – Six military veterans were among 13 people arrested at Beale Air Force Base here early Tuesday morning as they attempted to deliver an "indictment" charging President Obama, the Beale base commander, drone pilots and others with "crimes against peace and crimes against humanity."
All 13 demonstrators – who were handcuffed about 8 a.m. – were released after about two hours with misdemeanor charges. They are to appear in U.S. District Court. They face up to six months in prison.
The "Veterans Spring Days Drone Action" temporarily blocked traffic at the two busiest gates entering Beale AFB, the home to Global Hawk (Surveillance drone), the U2 and the MC12 Liberty aircraft, all participants in the so-called "war on terror." They have been complicit in the deaths and injuries thousands of innocent civilians.
This is the most people arrested in a single action at Beale AFB. Dozens have been arrested protesting drones at Beale AFB in the past year, including more than a dozen people and members of the clergy on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday this year. Three federal trials have been held – and earlier this month a lone protestor was found not guilty in U.S. Court in Sacramento.
The Indictment delivered Tuesday says, in part:
"WE, THE PEOPLE, CHARGE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARACK OBAMA AND THE FULL MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND INCLUDING COMMANDER COLONEL PHILLIP A. STEWART, EVERY DRONE CREW, AND SERVICE MEMBER AT BEALE AIR FORCE BASE WITH CRIMES AGAINST PEACE & CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, WITH VIOLATIONS OF THE SUPREME LAW OF THE LAND, EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS, VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS, WARS OF AGGRESSION, VIOLATION OF NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, AND KILLING OF INNOCENT CIVILIANS..."
More photos and updated info on the Beale AFB Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OccupyBealeAirForceBase?ref=hl