Reports from Hancock and Beyond

War and Peace

Donald  Trump moved ahead last night to bomb Syrian government facilities in retribution for an unproven claim, an event not yet investigated, with no grounded information, no warning and no discussion.    He has taken his place on the tip of the spear of the war machine.    But make no mistake, Mr. Trump pulled the trigger but he didn’t aim the gun. Hillary Clinton ran on a bigger version of this same scenario.   The war machine has been geared up on

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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

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Hancock Nativity Tableau Charges Dismissed

Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                 contact: Ed Kinane  315) 478-4571 home 10 March 2017                                                  John Amidon 518) 312-6442 cell CHARGES DISMISSED AGAINST 12/23 “NATIVITY FOUR” HANCOCK REAPER DRONE PROTESTERS FOLLOWING LAST WEEK’S JURY ACQUITTAL OF THE “BIG BOOKS” HANCOCK DRONE PROTESTERS In a surprise move, DeWitt Town Court Judge David Gideon dismissed charges against all four* Upstate Drone Action activists protesting the hunter/killer MQ9 Reaper drones piloted over Afghanistan by the 174th Attack Wing of the NY National

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Jury Acquitted Hancock ‘Big Books’ Protesters

Drawings by Dan Burgevin A six person jury acquitted Hancock Big Books Protesters 2 years after demonstration resulted in arrests.  The trial of Hancock protesters, Ed Kinane of Syracuse, James Ricks and Daniel Burns of Ithaca and Brian Hynes of Brooklyn, began on February 28th with jury selection, and ended after 11 pm on March 2nd with all defendants acquitted.    They were tried before Judge David Gideon on charges of trespass and 2 counts of disorderly conduct, all violations, and

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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.

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CONNECTING THE DOTS….NO BAN, NO WALL, NO KILLER DRONES at Hancock Airport/Air Base

Thank God for the great crowd of 1,000 protesting Trump’s Ban of Immigrants at Syracuse International Airport, as thousands flooded airports all across the US last Saturday night, Jan. 28th, when the ban first went into effect! We have a beautiful foto of a member of the Afghan Youth Peace Team with a poster saying “We Wish to Live Without War”. The youth sent a bolt of the sky blue fabric to US drone activists to wear as blue scarves

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Four Arrested Enacting Nativity at Hancock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23 December 2016 Contact: Ann Tiffany (315) 478-4571 home- Syracuse, NY Mary Anne Grady Flores (607) 280-8797 Ithaca UpstateDroneAction.org                                                                               Video by Jay Wilcox FOUR ARRESTED ENACTING NATIVITY SCENE AT HANCOCK DRONE BASE Syracuse, NY – On Friday, December 23, four activists were arrested at the main entrance of Hancock Air National Guard Base as many throughout the world prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Prince

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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.

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MultiFaith Anti-Drone Conference

I attended the Multifaith Anti-Drone Warfare Conference at Stony Point Retreat Center in the lower Hudson Valley.   It was a busy event with good food, good company and interesting discussions. The videos were made by Wilton Vought and can be found on Other Voices Other Choices, along with a lot of other interesting materials including audio podcasts. The panel Friday evening featured ex CIA officer, Ray McGovern, ex Airforce Intelligence Officer Christopher Aaron who served in Afghanistan, and Kambali Musavuli

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Inside Drone Warfare Symposium

Inside Drone Warfare Panel

If, like me, you were not able to attend “Inside Drone Warfare”, the Whistle Blower Symposium organized by Nick Mottern and Ann Wright in Las Vegas this spring during Shut Down Creech!, you can still view the speakers in these YouTube videos.   I watched them and was glad I took the time.   Ann Wright moderates the event. Part 1:  Jesselyn Radack of Whisper Whistleblower and Resource Protection Program and Cian Westmoreland, former Drone Maintenance Technician Part 2: Christopher Aaron, former

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