Reports from Hancock and Beyond

Appeal Decision Reverses Order of Protection for Hancock Protester

On February 26, Cornell Law Professor Steve Shiffrin argued an Appeal based on Habeas Corpus before Acting NYS Supreme Court Justice John Brunetti in Syracuse.   He was appealing the Order of Protection issued to Dan Findlay, who was arrested on April 28 of 2013 protesting outside the gate of Hancock Air National Guard Base.    Like all the protesters arrested at Hancock since October of 2012, Findlay had been issued a restraining order, an Order of Protection requested by

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The Morality of Weaponized Drones

Hellfire from Heaven:  The Morality of Weaponized Drones The 2014 Trovato Lecture given by Harry Murray, 2/20/2014 at St. John Fisher College I’m especially grateful for the opportunity to talk about drones from a spiritual, even a Catholic, perspective.  Usually I discuss drones either in the classroom or in the courtroom, where religious beliefs must take a back seat to sociological and legal arguments.  So, it’s a pleasure to be able to talk from my faith perspective.  I know, however,

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Fly Kites not Drones

On Saturday Rochester Upstate Anti Drone Activists came out in solidarity with the Afghan Peace Volunteers and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, UK Fly Kites Not Drones  campaign to celebrate Nao Roz, the Afghan New Year, by flying kites.  VCNV UK flew their kites over Waddington Air Base home to Reaper and Predator Drones; the Afghan Youth flew theirs on a hilltop outside Kabul; we flew ours at a local park near a busy highway. It was 35 degrees under a

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Photo’s of Drone Victims

Compiled by Joy First. It seems unnecessarily abstract to say this is a devastating reflection of American Foreign Policy. Maybe it’s more clear to call these images reflections of an unconscious and reflexive evil; dead children, wrecked houses, shattered lives …crime scene images of murder and mayhem paid for by our tax dollars.

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FOR Hosts Panel Discussion on Drone Wars

On Friday, I participated in an Internet discussion on America’s Drone Wars hosted by Fellowship of Reconciliation on Vonvo.com, last week. Vonvo combines live images of the speakers with a chat box for comments and questions. Lela Zand moderated Noor Mir of CodePink, Nick Mottern of Know Drones and myself in a very interesting discussion about the connections between Drone Wars and Colonialism and Racism, and about protests going on across the country against the use of Drones for targeted

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Drones Bury Beautiful Lives

Drones Bury Beautiful Lives by Vicki Ross [audio:Drones_Bury_Beautiful_Lives.mp3] Lyrics to “Drones Bury Beautiful Lives“ Drones bury beautiful lives Drones bury innocent lives Killings sons, fathers, daughters and wives Drones bury beautiful lives.     Five young men were killed having tea They’d gathered quite innocently Since the death of my brother-in-law I have no peaceful mind left at all. While at home I can’t keep on the light folks fear a drone strike by mistake Children, families – all of

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Elliott Adams’ Sentencing Statement, 2/25/14

Elliott Adams of the Hancock 17,  was not able to be in court on the day the rest of the defendants were sentenced.   He was sentenced for Disorderly Conduct to 14 days in jail and a fine of $250 and given a 2 year permanent restraining order to keep away from Col Evans (i.e. Hancock Air National Guard Base). Here is what he had to say: As our government puts me behind bars I feel I am able to offer

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Sentencing Statements from Hancock 17

February 7, 2014, the 13 remaining defendants in the Hancock 17 trial were convicted of Disorderly Conduct by Judge David Gideon in DeWitt Town Court for participating in a protest on October 25, 2012 where they symbolically blocked the gates of Hancock Air National Guard Base to protest the very real piloting going on within the base of deadly MQ9 Reaper Drones over Afghanistan. Each defendant was fined of $250, served with a 2 year Restraining Order on behalf of

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