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Veterans For Peace Members Arrested Protesting Drones


Elliott Adams and Nate Lewis, two members of Veterans For Peace, were part of a larger group of 15 activists arrested Thursday at the gate to Hancock Airbase in Syracuse, N.Y., where they held large banners and signs protesting drones for three hours before they were arrested.

One banner showed images of children killed by U.S. drones in Afghanistan. Another showed a reaper drone and the grim reaper. Another quoted Martin Luther King Jr. "I have a dream" and Barack Obama "I have a drone."

Photos and videos: http://www.facebook.com/daniel.j.burns.9?sk=wall

For some of the participants, this was not their first time protesting at Hancock. Adams was arrested last year as one of the "Hancock 38," and again this past April in a group of 33. Adams is Past President of Veterans for Peace and current Nonviolent Training Coordinator.

Adams told a judge in February: "I am proud to accept the consequences of my acts and any jail time. I do not want any suspended sentence. If you give me one, also please let me know how I can violate it before I leave the courtroom." The judge, however, gave Adams a suspended sentence and probation conditions.

Following the arrest of 33 in April, the prosecutor moved to dismiss all charges.

Adams says the latest action is aimed at upholding international law and getting the matter before a judge again. In the case of the Hancock 38, Adams says, "The judge had a hard time making a decision, and made the wrong one, and did not recognize international law. So, we're giving the court a chance to get it right."

In April activists held a publicly announced march and were preemptively arrested before reaching the base. This week's protest took the base completely by surprise, as participants jumped out of cars and began demonstrating, with no march and no public announcement. It took hours before various law-enforcement operations, including state troopers and city police, could agree to make arrests.

Adams said they'd previously been told that protesting at the base gate would be a federal offense. They were not charged with a federal crime. A surprising number of people driving past, Adams said, offered support and held up peace signs. Even the arresting officers were sympathetic, he reported.

Activists read aloud on Thursday the following War Crimes Indictment:

To President Obama, to Secretary of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, to the full Military Chain of the Command, including Commander Colonel Greg Semmel, to all Service Members and civilian staff of Hancock Air Base, and to the local police and Sheriffs Department of the Town of De Witt, NY:

Each one of you, when you became a public servant, serving in a government position or when you joined the United States Armed Forces or police, you publicly promised to uphold the United States Constitution. We take this opportunity to call your attention to Article VI of the US Constitution, which states:

“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary not with standing.

This clause is known as the Supremacy Clause because it provides that the Constitution and laws of the U.S., including treaties made under authority of the U.S. shall be supreme law of the land.

The Supremacy Clause provides part of the Supreme Law of the Land.

One Treaty duly ratified by the U.S. is the United Nations Charter. It was ratified by a vote of 89 to 2 in the U.S. Senate, and signed by the President in 1945. It remains in effect today. As such, it is part of supreme law of the land.

The Preamble of the U.N. Charter states that its purpose is to “save future generation from the scourge of war” and it further states, “all nations shall refrain from the use of force against another nation.”

This Treaty applies both collectively and individually to all three branches of government, on all levels, U.S. federal, state and local governments, starting with the executive branch: the U.S. President and the executive staff; the judicial branch: all judges

and staff members of the judiciary; the legislative branch: all
members of the U.S. Armed Forces and all departments of Law
Enforcement and all civilian staff, who have sworn to uphold the Constitution, which includes Article VI.

Under the U.N. Charter and long established international laws, anyone--civilian, military, government officials, or judge- who knowingly participates in or supports illegal use of force against another nation or its people is committing a war crime.

Today you must recognize that when you promised to uphold the Constitution, you promised to obey Treaties and International Law – as part of the Supreme Law of the Land and furthermore, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice of the U.S., you are required to disobey any clearly unlawful order from a superior.

Based on all the above,

WE, THE PEOPLE, CHARGE THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENT, BARAK OBAMA AND THE FULL MILITARY CHAIN OF COMMAND TO COMMANDER COLONEL GREG SEMMEL, EVERY DRONE CREW, AND SERVICE MEMBERS AT HANCOCK AIR BASE, WITH CRIMES AGAINST PEACE & CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY, WITH
VIOLATIONS OF PART 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.

We charge that the Air National Guard of the United States of America, headquartered at Hancock Field Air National Guard Base, home of the 174th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard, under the command of the 174th Fighter Wing Commander Colonel Greg Semmel, is maintaining and deploying the MQ-9 Reaper robotic aircraft, called drones.

These drones are being used not only in combat situations for the purpose of assassinations but also for killings far removed from combat zones without military defense, to assassinate individuals and groups far removed from military action.

Extra judicial killings, such as those the U.S. carries out by drones are intentional, premeditated, and deliberate use of lethal force to commit murder in violation of U.S. and International Law.

It is a matter of public record that the US has used drones in Afghanistan and in Iraq for targeted killings to target specific individuals which has nearly always resulted in the deaths of many others.

There is no legal basis for defining the scope of area where drones can or cannot be used, no legal criteria for deciding which people can be targeted for killing, no procedural safeguards to ensure the legality of the decision to kill and the accuracy of the assassinations.

In support of this indictment we cite the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, who has said that the use of drones creates “a highly problematic blurring and the law applicable to the use of inter-state force…. The result has been the displacement of clear legal standards with a vaguely defined license to kill, and the creation of a major accountability vacuum…. In terms of the legal framework, many of these practices violate straightforward applicable legal rules.” See United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council Study on Targeted Killings, 28, May 2010.
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrcouncil/docs/14session/A.HRC.14.24.Add6.pdf

The drone attacks either originating at Hancock or supported here are a deliberate illegal use of force against another nation, and as such are a felonious violation of Article VI of the US Constitution.

By giving material support to the drone program, you as individuals are violating the Constitution, dishonoring your oath, and committing war crimes.

We demand that you stop participating in any part of the operations of MQ-9 drones immediately, being accountable to the people of United States and Afghanistan.

As citizens of this nation, which maintains over 700 military bases around the globe, and the largest, most deadly military arsenal in the world, we believe these words of Martin Luther King still hold true, ”the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government”.

There is hope for a better world when WE, THE PEOPLE, hold our government accountable to the laws and treaties that govern the use of lethal force and war. To the extent that we ignore our laws and constitution and allow for the unchecked use of lethal force by our government, allowing the government to kill who ever it wants, where ever it wants, how ever it wants with no accountability, we make the world less safe for children everywhere.

We appeal to all United States citizens, military and civilian, and to all public officials, to do as required by the Nuremburg Principles I-VII, and by Conscience, to refuse to participate in these crimes, to denounce them, and to resist them nonviolently.

Signed by:
THE UPSTATE COALITION TO GROUND THE DRONES AND END THE WARS

Adams' statement, made in court at the trial of the Hancock 38 last November is available online:
http://warisacrime.org/content/elliott-adams-member-hancock-38-and-new-hancock-34-made-statement-trial-november-1-2011

As is his statement at the sentencing hearing:
http://warisacrime.org/content/elliott-adams-sentencing-statement-november-11-2011

Veterans For Peace was founded in 1985 and has approximately 5,000 members in 150 chapters located in every U.S. state and several countries. It is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization recognized as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) by the United Nations, and is the only national veterans' organization calling for the abolishment of war.

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At what point does majority will, popular rule NEGATE WESTERN FASCISM.....CORPORATE FASCISM, FASCIST FOREIGN POLICIES??????  When the police NAZIS, military Nazis, all fascists, defend minority rule, despotic rule, fascist rule over the global social classes, they become THE FASCIST SHOCK TROOPS, MIDDLE CLASS PROFESSIONAL THUGS, MERCENARY FASCISTS, that served German Fascist Capitalism, today Global Capitalist Fascism, by  violating, corupting  social control, social independence, through class corruption and using  POLICE/MILITARY FASCISM.   PROSECUTE BUSH, OBAMA, NATO, ISRAELI FASCISTS, WAR CRIMINALS and also go after the fascist judicial class systems that violate HUMAN RIGHTS FOR CLASS TYRANNY, like the recent Fascist Supreme court did.    DOWN WITH WESTERN FASCISM.


Obama is a corporate Fascist:



President Obama: Corporate Globalizer


http://www.commondreams.org/view/2012/06/29-3


A CORPORATE GLOBALIZER IS A GLOBAL FASCIST!!!   CLASS THUGS ENABLING TOTALITARIAN CLASS SYSTEMS, even though scientists are telling corporations and their class politicians NOT TO RESTART NUCLEAR REACTORS IN JAPAN;  telling corporationas and their class whores NOT TO CONTINUE OIL DRILLING AND EXPLORATION BECAUSE OF CLIMATE COLLAPSE, BUT THE FASCIST OBAMA SERVING CORPORATE NAZIS, AND CALLING IT FREE MARKETS, HAS TURNED REALITY UP SIDE DOWN LIKE THE NAZIS WHO CALLED SLAVERY, FREEDOM.



Tens of Thousands Protest in Japan Ahead of Nuclear Restart


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/06/29-1


GLOBAL, SOCIAL MAJORITY CLASSES OPPOSE NUCLEAR, OIL EXPLORATION KNOWING OF THE COLLAPSE OF THE CLIMATE AND GLOBAL RADIATION BY FAILED NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY,  YET OBABMA BELIEVES NO OIL SPILL THREAT, NO NUCLEAR MISHAPS, EVEN AFTER THE GULF OIL SPILL AND BP WHICH DESTROYED THAT AREA AND THE THREAT FROM FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR PLANTS DESTROYING THE WORLD WITH NUCLEAR RADIATION.   OBAMA SERVES FASCIST, CORPORATIONS, AS THE CLASS THUG ,CORPORATE FASCIST HE IS AND IS,  WILLING TO USE THE FASCIST MILITARY AND POLICE TO SMASH, NEGATE MAJORITY RULE TO SERVE FASCIST CORPORATIONS:


Obama is a military Fascist:



US Coast Guard Creates 'Protest-Free Zone' in Alaska Oil Drilling Zone


http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/06/29-2


SO OBAMA, FASCIST DEMOCRATS, FASCIST CONGRESS, FASCIST SUPREME COURT, FASCIST U.S. EMPIRE, FASCIST NATO, FASCIST ZIONISM, ALL NEGATE, THREATEN THE MAJORITY RULE, SUBORDINATION OF ALL SOCIAL CLASSES WITH STATE TERRORISM, FASCIST FOREIGN POLICIES, WESTERN FASCISM TO PROMOTE A FASCIST CLASS SYSTEM ,LATE CAPITALISM , THIS TIME A GLOBAL FASCIST CORPORATISM THAT IS EVEN WORSE THAN THE FASCIST AXIS UNDER FRANCO, MUSSOLINI AND HITLER.


The Terrorist Government of the United States


http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Terrorist-Government-o-by-Larry-Pinkney-120628-915.html


excerpt:


"How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism


"The Terrorist Government of the United States?"


 --Howard Zinn


"Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them."


--Frederick Douglass


This government (including both Democrats and Republicans) is propped up by an insidious propaganda apparatus known as the main stream [i.e. corporate-stream] "news" media. The objective of the media is to legitimize the daily economic, political, and social de facto terrorism against the ordinary people of this nation, and to legitimize the economic and military terrorism against the everyday peoples of this entire planet - Mother Earth.


Under the cover of allegedly fighting "terrorism," this self-legitimized corporate / military organized crime syndicate [i.e. the government] engages in constant unbridled subterfuge, disinformation, and cynical manipulation -- which repeatedly disfigures, distorts, and quashes the legitimate aspirations of everyday people in this nation and around the world. It is itself, a terrorist government, whose hypocritical policies enhances rather than diminishes "terrorism." This is, quite simply, because the U.S. corporate terrorist government, in reality, thrives on terrorism, at the horrible pain and expense of ordinary people everywhere.


In the fallacious name of protecting an essentially non-existent everyday people's U.S. 'democracy,' this U.S. governmental corporate / military crime syndicate wages an unending propaganda and economic and political war of terrorism against the struggling people of this nation. In so doing, the ordinary people are deliberately and perpetually kept ignorant, in fear, and in disarray -- easily manipulated, controlled, and used as malleable cannon fodder by the amoral and avaricious elite.


Examples of The U.S. Governmental Crime Syndicate's Terrorism


We must understand that corporate hegemony [i.e. domination] is terrorism. It is terrorism against everyday ordinary struggling people. Moreover, economic 'austerity' is also terrorism against ordinary people. Yes, it is terrorism! It is blood sucking, by the rich and powerful, of the masses of people.


The trillion dollar criminal 'bail out' of the Wall Street banksters, pharmaceutical, insurance, and other corporate-elite robber barons was, and continues to be, a brazen act of terrorism against the economic and human rights of everyday people.


The draconian Patriot Act and the NDAA (i.e. the so-called National Defense Authorization Act) are also acts of terrorism against the civil, political, and human rights of everyday people. In the name of fighting terrorism, the U.S. governmental crime syndicate is wantonly engaging in terrorism and repression against the masses of ordinary people.


The attacking and bombing of Libya, north Africa, by the U.S. and its NATO puppets was not only unconstitutional and an egregious abrogation of international law; it was an act of terrorism -- plain and simple. Moreover, such acts serve the financial interests of the bloated corporate elite, while simultaneously and deliberately heightening hatred towards the ordinary people of this nation who are ourselves under steady attack by the U.S. corporate crime syndicate, known as the government.


Even as Barack Obama, and his Democrat and Republican accomplices hypocritically rail against foreign "terrorism," the U.S. corporate-government crime syndicate covertly launched a massive terroristic cyber attack against the sovereign nation of Iran, and covertly coordinates and militarily supplies the bloody armed conflict in the sovereign nation of Syria. These covert acts of terrorism have nothing whatever to do with 'democracy,' and everything to do with subterfuge, corporate greed, and callously manipulating the everyday people of this nation and the world. So-called U.S. 'national interests' means, in reality, nothing more than serving the financial interests of the tiny U.S. corporate elite, at the horrible expense of ordinary people in this nation and abroad. It is the very real terrorism by the elite avaricious rich, against ordinary struggling people everywhere. It is the terrorism of the U.S. corporate-government crime syndicate against the everyday people......"


THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION ABOVE IS THAT CLASS SYSTEMS SUBORDINATE, CORRUPT, CO OPT SOCIAL POWER , BETRAY SOCIAL CONTROL FOR FASCIST CORPORATE, MILITARY POWER.  THE ONLY WAY TO END THE ENSLAVEMENT, BRUTAL WARS FOR CLASS/MILITARY THUGS IS TO TAKE AWAY THEIR POWER BY REFUSING TO VOTE FOR THEIR CLASS PARTIES, FASCIST CLASS POLITICIANS AND VOTED FOR A SOCIAL AGENDA, SOCIAL PARTIES THAT ESTABLISH INDEPENDENT, INDIVISIBLE, FULLY DEVELOPED MIDDLE CLASSES AROUND THE WORLD, THEREBY ENDING THEIR FASCISM AND WAR, ENSLAVEMENT, DISSOLVING ALL CLASS HIERARCHIES TIED TO THE PATRIARCHAL CLASS MECHANISM WHICH HAS ENSLAVED HUMANITY FOR MILLENIUMS.


 


RECENTLY SCIENTISTS, SOCIAL THINKERS HAVE CALLED FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A GLOBAL SOCIAL AGENCY THAT GOES TO WAR AGAINST ALL CLASS WHORE, ALL CORPORATIONS, ALL CLASS, MILITARY, FASCIST SHOCK TROOPS THAT ENFORCE DICTATORSHIP OVER SOCIAL MAJORITY RULE.   SMASH WESTERN FASCISM......END CLASS HISTORY.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

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