Reports from Hancock and Beyond
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GETTING BEYOND WAR AND MILITARISM: the “To-Do” List

Violence begets violence. War profits only the few, the rich, the powerful — the 1%. As moral beings and tax paying citizens we must vigorously oppose war. Especially those wars of aggression perpetrated by the United States and its allies and proxies. These mostly occur in or near the Islamic oil lands (Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen). We must oppose resource war and wars of weapon demonstration (drones over Gaza). We must oppose war for corporate profit. War industry lobbying (Lockheed Martin)

Letter to German Parliament, re: Military Drones

340 Midland Avenue Syracuse, New York USA 315) 478-4571, home edkinane340@gmail.com UpstateDroneAction.org Re weaponized drones _____________________________________ Member of Parliament Federal Republic of Germany Dear Sir or Ms: I write hoping you will do all you can to stop the plan of the German government to make Germany into a killer-drone nation like the United States. I understand that this plan, to be voted on in the Bundestag by the end of June, includes immediately leasing weaponized drones from Israel…while at

Hancock Drones and Grass Roots Street Heat

Why Street Heat? Back in the eighties when the U.S. anti-apartheid movement was at a boil, “Doonesbury” had a sequence satirizing the “activists” who spent all their time at their computers. At the time I thought those geeks were a pretty odd bunch. Though I’ve yet to succumb to Facebook, etc., now as an activist I too have become computer-domesticated. I spend lots of time generating or responding to email or chasing after links. For better or worse, on-line is

Drone Activist Responds to the NY Times OpEd on Drones

On MARCH 16, 2017 the New York Times published an Editorial “Preventing a Free-For-All With Drone Strikes”  where they express belated concerns about the US Drone program of Targeted Killing around the globe.   Our organization has been educating people about the drones since 2010.   We have engaged in a Gandhian Wave of civil resistance at Hancock Air National Guard Base, a domestic Reaper Drone hub, wherein many have been arrested many times, including Ed Kinane.   Here is Ed’s  response to

Pre Analysis of “Big Books” Trial #1

Our three-day Hancock trial in De Witt ended around midnight Thursday (3/2) and, exhausted, we scattered to the winds — some of us with long trips home.   Hence only minimal de-briefing or analysis. but here I’ll mention some of what I think are relevant factors in our acquittals. ~ First, obviously our cause is essential — not that that usually guarantees anti-drone activists victories in court…. ~ One of our four defendants (JR) is African American with Native American ancestry.

Weaponized Drones And The Endless “War on Terror”

Ed Kinane at Left Forum Session 7, 3:40 to 5:40 p.m., Sunday, May 22, 2016 Room 1,127 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NYC Panel with Ed K., Nick Mottern, Debra Sweet, Shelby Sullivan-Bennis Moderator: Amanda Bass Like the phony “war on drugs,” the phony “war on terrorism” promotes economic interests, serves political agendas, entrenches militarism. Neither war reduces drug use or violence. Nor are they designed to. Terrorism — past and present — pervades the U.S. psyche and economy.

Exposing the Killer Drones of Hancock Airbase’s 174th Attack Wing

by  Ed Kinane, Reprinted from Truthout.org Speakout, November 18, 2015 Every first Tuesday of the month since 2010 a handful of us have been protesting the weaponized Reaper drone atHancock Air Base. In milder weather – from April to November – we also protest on third Tuesdays. We call this work, “street heat.” Why such persistence? Hancock AFB, near Syracuse, our home town, hosts the 174th Attack Wing of the New York Air National Guard. Although its operations and the

Exposing Drone Terrorism: Remarks at the 2015 Left Forum

Exposing Drone Terrorism: Remarks at the 2015 Left Forum by Ed Kinane.   Republished from Truthout.org Speakout I’ll begin by noting that most terrorism has not been perpetrated by Islamic-identified people. In fact, despite the relentless deluge of publicity to the contrary, Islamic-identified people commit only a fraction of the world’s terrorism. Most terrorism is large scale. In the 20th and 21st centuries most terrorism is high tech and airborne…whether over Guernica or Dresden or Nagasaki or Hiroshima or Tokyo or

The Shortcomings of Washington Policy Recommendations

Drone Warriors and Warfare: The Shortcomings of Washington Policy Recommendations by Ed Kinane,  RePublished from Truthout.org The author examines a recently-released study from the US Government Accountability Office, titled: “Unmanned Aerial Systems: Actions Needed to Improve DOD Pilot Training.” Below is a summary of his conclusions. This two-page document is bloodless. It fails to acknowledge the sheer shamelessness and cowardice of drone assassination and other such robotic killing. The document fails to indicate real world consequences of insufficient training (accident

Letter to the Editor of the Syracuse Post Standard

letters@syracuse.com Friends, “Is the US winning the drone war?” Doyle McManus poses this question in his April 30 Post-Standard syndicated column. It’s a question every U.S. taxpayer and policy maker might ask. But let’s first define the terms. What do we mean by “war”? There was a time when war was declared, and mutually visible forces clashed. A time when war entailed risk, sacrifice, and courage. A time when war might entail ideals. What does it mean to “win” a