Activists in the Syracuse, New York area held another protest at the Hancock Airfield drone base today. Here is their news release:
Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of
Jesus. Recognizing that 70% of our nation identify as Christian, we come to the
gates of the Hancock drone base to make real the crucifixion today. As Jesus
and others were crucified by the Roman Empire, drones are used by the U.S.
Empire. In Roman times, crosses loomed over a community to warn people that they
could be killed whenever the Empire decided. So, too, our drones fly over many
countries threatening extrajudicial killings of whoever happens to be in the
On this Good Friday, we recall Jesus’ call to
love and nonviolence. We’re asking this base and this nation to turn away from a
policy of modern-day crucifixion. Let’s embrace Jesus call to build the Kingdom
of God on Earth instead of killing suspected enemies and innocents, including
children. In the process, we are also crucifying Children, Families, Love,
Peace, Community, Diplomacy, Rule of Law, US Constitution, UN Charter, US
Treaties and Due Process.
What if our country were constantly being spied
upon by drones, with some of us killed by drones? What if many bystanders,
including children, were killed in the process? If that were happening, we would
hope that some people in that attacking country would speak up and try to stop
the killing. We’re speaking up to try and stop the illegal and immoral drone
attacks on countries against which Congress has not declared war.
Today’s civil resistance action is one chapter in Upstate Drone Action’s six-year nonviolent campaign to expose the Hancock AFB war crimes. The drone resistance is linked to the world wide efforts to ground killer drones and end all US wars. Since 2010 there have been over 170 anti-Reaper arrests at Hancock Airbase.
Those arrested today: Ex-CIA analyst of 32 yrs. Ray McGovern, Jessica Stewart, Ed Kinane, Tom Joyce, James Ricks, Joan Pleune, Mark Colville, John Amidon, Brian Hynes.