Friday, June 1, 2018

Advice and Warning to Defendants, Families and Supporters of Defendants from Attorney Bill Quigley

Bill Quigley, 504.710.3074,  
Dear Kings Bay Plowshares Defendants, Families and Supporters,
Thousands of people support the actions for peace that the Kings Bay Plowshares took in early April, 2018.  Those who risked their freedom to challenge our nation’s use of nuclear weapons are true inspirations for all of us. 
However, in my experience with other cases like this, some agents of the government are not satisfied with arresting the courageous people who took the action.  Some government agents are interested in arresting and prosecuting anyone who they think provided any support to the people who took the action.  Our communities support them.  Nothing illegal in that at all.   But some government agents are likely looking to identify and prosecute people who provided actual support to our Plowshares friends in their action at Kings Bay.
All defendants, families and supports should know these facts and take action accordingly.
First, in cases like this government agents have shown up unannounced at the homes or work places of supporters asking questions.  Please know you have a constitutional right to remain silent and not to speak with government agents.  Politely advise any agents that you are exercising your constitutional right to remain silent until you have consulted with an attorney.   Do not lie to them, that is a crime.  Do not try to outsmart them, they are trained in their jobs and they know what they are doing.  They are trained to act like they are very friendly and just curious and make you feel bad for not talking with them.  If you do not have an attorney, give them my name and phone number and I will talk to them on your behalf. 
Second, know that every phone call in and out of the jail is recorded and it will be listened to by law enforcement.  Same with postcards and visits.  Please do not write or say anything that would get you or one of the defendants or anyone else in trouble.  
Third, the government seized the cellphones which defendants brought onto the base with them.  The information in those cellphones will give the government a list of contacts with defendants.  Since many of us are friends with some or all of the defendants we should assume our connections and contact information is known to the government. 
Fourth, the government reads and monitors Facebook and all other social media.  Don’t write anything that you would mind the government reading out loud to the judge or jury in this case. 
Finally, it is not paranoid to think the government might be monitoring phones and email messages, especially those of people whose contact information was in the phones seized on the base.  Act boldly, love bravely, but also try not to get anyone else in trouble and act smartly.
Engaging in civil disobedience and risking arrest for your principles is an American tradition.  But let’s try to make sure that only the people who knowingly risked arrest are arrested.
Peace and love and respect,
Bill Quigley
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"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

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