November 13 Motions Hearings: Clare Grady and Martha Hennessy (July 23),
Bea Dewing, (H31)
December 3 Mark Colville Sentencing Hearing: Mark was convicted of 5 charges:
Contempt and Obstructing Governmental Administration
Trespass and 2 Counts of Disorderly Conduct
December 10: Julianne Oldfield's Jury Trial on Charges of Obstructing
Governmental Administration and Disorderly Conduct
See Calendar for More.
October 8: Trespass Charge against Joan Pleune from July 23, 2014 Dismissed!
October 5: A Global Day of Resistance to Killer Drones; Speakout at Hancock
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October 1: Jack Gilroy Sentencing: Jack was convicted of OGA & Trespass 7/15.
September 18, 19: Mark Colville’s Convicted on 5 Charges for presenting
original People's Order of Protection at Hancock Base in December, 2013
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Ongoing Street Heat Vigils at Hancock Gate, 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
and Vigils at Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, 2nd & 4th Thursdays
see Calendar for details . . .
Our Global Day of Action Against Drone Warfare and Surveillance Speakout at Hancock Base was a roaring success, quite literally.
Prior to the attack, we heard from representatives of many of the groups who attended, under the watchful eyes of a a large contingent of military, state and local police, and a handful of counter-protesters who joined us. You can see videos of our speakers' remarks on our blog. Following the attack, we heard a moving presentation on behalf of the People's Order of Protection. Also, on the blog.
10/8: Joan Pleune's Trespass Charge from July 23, 2014 Dismissed! Judge Robert Jokl dismissed the July 23, 2014 Hancock trespass charge against former Freedom Rider and Brooklyn Granny Peace Brigade activist Joan Pleune, 75. Albany attorney Lew Oliver, representing Joan at the Motions Hearing in the DeWitt town court, defended her primarily on First Amendment grounds. Oliver also argued that the Base’s accusatory instrument was defective and failed to establish the legitimacy of the painted blue line at the beginning of the driveway into the base supposedly marking Hancock Base boundary. Prosecutor Jordan McNamara, who had previously received Oliver’s several motions dealing with the blue line and other matters, failed to show up for the hearing. More here and here.
12/5: Mark Colville Sentencing Hearing Convicted on all charges On September 19, after a two day trial in DeWitt Town Court with Judge Jokl Presiding, Mark Colville was convicted of two Misdemeanors, Obstructing Governmental Administration and Contempt of his Order of Protection, and of Trespass and two counts of Disorderly Conduct. charges stemming from a protest he engaged in at Hancock Base on December 9, 2013 with two Graduate Students from Yale Seminary. They attempted to deliver a People's Order of Protection to Col. Evans along with some flowers. Mark, who went before the court pro se, without an attorney, was quite eloquent in his explanation of the issues at hand. In his Closing Remarks he said “The faces of dead children that you are not allowed to see, I have seen.” [the Judge would not allow the photos to be presented] And later, “We have a claim to be there [in front of Hancock Gate] under the First Amendment. He [Col. Evans] has a claim under the Order of Protection. You can decide can which is stronger.” However, the six member jury failed to grasp the issues he raised. Press Release
Jack Gilroy Sentenced to 3 Months in Jail and 3 Years Parole: Jack was convicted of OGA and Disorderly Conduct On July 31, after a two day trial in DeWitt Town Court with Judge Jokl presiding. Before going to court, he said “It’s time for our justice system to identify the real criminals…not those who carry the message to stop the killing to the gates of Hancock Air Base.” Press Release
Eve Tetaz Not Guilty
Eighty three year old Eve Tetaz of Washington, DC motioned for dismissal based on the fact that her actions were legal expressions of her first amendment right to express her dissatisfaction with the government and ask for redress of grievance. Immediately after ADA Jordan MacNamara completed his case, Ms. Tetaz's motion was granted and all charges were dismissed.
Attorney Mark Goldstone talks about Eve Tetaz's Victory
Video by John Amidon
Russell Brown Acquitted of Obstructing Governmental Administration and Disorderly Conduct by Jury
Russell Brown, a Pro Se defendant, was assisted by Attorney's Daire Irwin and Paul Fallon of Buffalo. Russell gave his own opening and closing statements, and handled most of the questioning of defendants, with occasional advice from his team. Russell's personal testimony was extremely moving. However, the videos he showed clearly indicated that the charges were inconsistent with the actual events and Russell's actions. As usual, ADA McNamara close his case with the presentation disturbing but irrelevant materials. At the end of his closing remarks, he showed an out of context video that was part of a much longer approved video, but irrelevant to the events around Russell's arrest and followed that with an image of a high caliber pistol as a partially completed jigsaw puzzle as an accusation that has no relevance to the events at hand whatsoever except in so far as it indicates that he has not made his case but he hopes people will be sufficiently disturbed by the possibility that they will convict. He has used both these ruses in the past.
Seven protesters arrested delivering an Indictment and a People's Order of Protection at Hancock Base
Seven protesters, including three grandmothers, two already subject to Orders of Protection, protecting Col Earl Evans and Col Greg Semmel, the commanding officers on the base, are standing outside Hancock Air National Guard Base. They came to witness the violence done to peoples around the world by U.S. armed missions against defenseless populations, and in particular the use of remote controlled drones to commit murder in places where ordinary weapons cannot go, and where ordinary soldiers would not kill.
The seven are being charged with Trespass. Two of the defendants, Clare Grady and Martha Hennessy were also charged with violation of an Order of Protection. Liz McAlister and Erica Brock were charged with Disorderly Conduct. Clare Grady and Martha Hennessy are being held on $10,000 bail. Felton Davis, Erica Brock, and Joan Pleune are all being held on $2,500 bail. Clare and Martha were released a week later on $100 bail, and a couple of days after that, the rest were released on their own recognizance.
Jack Gilroy found Guilty of Obstructing Governmental Administration and Trespass by Jury
Jack testified that he joined the Army out of high school, and was stationed in Austria in the early 50s at a time when the Cold War was hot. He says that despite a climate of distrust and contempt towards Russians, when he actually had to look a young Russian soldier in the eye during a ceremonial event, he didn’t see the evil he’d been trained to expect. Since then, Jack has spent 30 years as a teacher. A member of Veterans for Peace and Peace Action New York, Jack is currently working with Peace Action at Binghamton University to convince the college to offer a Peace Studies Program. He will be sentenced October 1st.
Mary Anne Grady Flores and Judy Bello Interview on Talk Nation Radio
Mary Anne Grady Flores was sentenced to 1 year in prison and $1000 fine plus $208 fee.
The judge actually stated that he thinks she has lots of money because she paid her bail. Must be he hasn't heard of a bail fund. He lashed out at a pre-sentence study by the Parole Office that recommended Mary Anne be given a Conditional Discharge. Videos of Mary Anne's Sentencing Statement and Judge Gideon's Sentence by Cris McConkey Productions are on the Upstate Drone Action Blog.
Mary Anne was released on $5000 bail pending Appeal on Friday, July 18.
You are invited to attend our trials
Yes, we love the support. But also, the process is interesting. On May 8, trials were scheduled for 14 people, one a month over the course of the next year. Please check our Calendar for details. And, this is human drama where significant issues are upheld in a court that normally handles only the mundane concerns of suburban living. Defendants face the Judge and the Prosecutor, armed with their honest conviction that it is a just cause to bring the crimes of our government to light, and that it is their right and their obligation stand against arbitrary murder and destruction in our name.
People's Order of Protection Against Drone Terrorism
Following Dr. West's talk, met at BOCES parking lot, which is located on Thompson Road near the East Gate of the base, for a Rally at 4:30 pm. We then had a permitted walk to the South Gate on Molloy Road and a ceremony to uphold the People’s Order of Protection.
Last year, Raz Mohammad, a young man from MaidanShahr, Wardak Provice, Afghanistan, submitted a request for an Order of Protection for his family and community after his young brother-in-law was killed in a drone strike. Raz said:
“On Friday,the 30th of May, 2008 my brother-in-law was killed by a drone, along with four of his friends. My brother-in-law was a student and was innocent. Accountability from the U.S. military for this incident was non-existent.
This incident created a situation which was beyond imagination.
It affected the minds of my sister and all members of my family. When my nephew was 5 years old, he asked his mother, “Where is father?” My sister replied, “Your father was killed by a computer.” These negative effects on all of us persist till today.
I am worried for my family and the people of MaidanShahr. I request that the U.S. courts protect my sister, my family and my village.
I wish that U.S. will be able to save all humanity from drones.” **Translated by Hakim Young
Although the courts have so far failed to honor Raz's request, we will come out to support Raz, his family and his community. While we regularly hear about illegal drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen, we rarely hear about them in Afghanistan. Hancock pilots fly MQ-9 Reaper Drones over Afghanistan, and they should be accountable for the ongoing carnage and bring them a People's Order of Protection for the children of Afghanistan, for their families and their villages.