Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Hancock Show Trials: Quashing Dissent Against America's Criminal Drone Killing Program

A very important series of trials is proceeding in the coming weeks in a small court house in upstate New York.

These trials follow in a line of previous trials of peace activists who have been working to stop the commission of war crimes by the drone kill chain, part of which is based a Hancock Air Force Base.

What is particularly significant about the upcoming trials is that they are part of a government plan to put a chill, once and for all, on citizens' exercise of Constitutional rights.  The citizens rely on Bill of Rights protections, Constitutional provisions about civilian control over the military, and the international treaties covering conduct of war and human rights, to which the United States is a party. The position of the government is that no dissent will be tolerated, and that the severity of the penalties for expression will be rapidly escalated, until the point where dissent is cut off entirely.

On July 10, the government displayed its determination to crush anti-drones dissent by sentenching Mary Anne Grady Flores to one year in jail.

Please share this information and support these defendants and the right to dissent!

The Hancock Show Trials

Show Trial #1: Jack Gilroy
The trials taking place in July and August have been scheduled by the government one defendant at a time, presumably to maximize the cost to the defendants and to "make an example" of them. 

The trials listed below will take place at De Witt Town Court (5400 Butternut Dr., East Syracuse, New York).

Unless otherwise indicated, each is a Jury Trial for arrest during protest at Hancock Base, April 28, 2013, and charges include Obstructing Governmental Administration in the 2nd degree PL 195.05 sentence recommendation of 1 year in jail.

Trial dates and defendants are:

Show Trial #2: Russell Brown

July 14 and 15: Jack Gilroy (H31) Read about the show trial of Jack Gilroy.

July 29 and 30: Russell Brown (H31) Read about the show trial of Russell Brown.

August 11 and 12: Andrew Schoerke (H31)  Andrew Schoerke trial details.

September 8 and 9, 2014: Mark Colville

Charges stem from December 10, 2013 action when he joined with Creighton Chandler and Gregory Williams of Yale Divinity School to present an Order of Protection for the Children of Afghanistan at Hancock National Guard Base.  Colville is charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration, Disorderly Conduct and Contempt of Court in the 2nd Degree for ignoring his own Order of Protection which protects Col Earl A Evans, who is responsible for Material Support for the 174th Attack Wing at Hancock Air National Guard Base. The OOP specified that he 'stay away' from Col. Evans' place of work, Hancock Base. Mark Colville trial details.

September 14 and 15, 2014: Eve Tetaz   Eve Tetaz trial details. 

November 7 and 8, 2014: Mary Snyder

The defendant is 87 years old.  Mary Snyder trial details.

December 10 and 11, 2014: Julianne Oldfield Julianne Oldfield trial details.

January 25 and 26, 2015: Bonnie Mahoney

Mahoney is acting Pro Se, i.e. defending herself. Bonnie Mahoney trial details.

March 10 - 12, 2015: Bev Rice, Joan Pleune, Jules Orkin, and Ellen Barfield

Consolidated Jury Trial: the defendants reside in New York City and Baltimore. Bev Rice, Joan Pleune, Jules Orkin, and Ellen Barfield trial details.

April 28 and 29, 2015: Cynthia Banas Cynthia Banas trial details.

May 27 and 29, 2015: Mary Loehr  Mary Loehr trial details.

June 11 and 12, 2015: Harry Murray

Murray is acting Pro Se, i.e. defending himself.  Harry Murray trial details.

Background information

As indicated above, the majority of the trials (including the first) stem from protests that occurred at the end of April, 2013. See April Days of Action Against Drones Culminates with a conference in SYRACUSE and a massive demonstration at Hancock AFB- 31 arrested:

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