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Linda LeTendre fights for a peaceful world.

No one should get hurt but killing is OK

On Friday, Feb. 7, 12 of the 17 people who stood at the gates of Hancock Air National Guard base in East Syracuse on Oct. 25 of last year to try to stop the the killing of children and innocent people with US.drones warfare were acquitted of trespassing but found guilty of disorderly conduct.

Town of DeWitt Court Judge David Gideon sentenced them to the maximum of two weeks in jail and maximum fines, $250 each and court costs of $125 each.

They were immediately taken into custody to serve their sentences.

Missing entirely the concept of justice and in the process making Pontius Pilate sound like a Rhodes scholar, Judge Gideon said:

“But at some point, you are going to be confronted by an individual who is going to get violent. I can see it happening. And the potential is there. I don’t want to see anybody hurt. I don’t think anybody on that base wants to see anybody hurt.”

Really? This obviously precludes the people being hurt by the drone warfare and presumes that the people currently being killed are not anybody.

“But the bottom line is, it has to stop. At some point. There has to be some consideration given here for the future.”

Note here it is the protests that have to stop, not the killings and the future of the children under the bombs of the drones is not mentioned -- even in passing. Collateral damage is OK when it is someone else's child, mother, father, cherished one, etc., being killed or maimed.

And Col. Earl Evans received orders of protection against each defendant for the period of two years -- even though he has never had any contact with any of the defendants, let alone have any threats against him made by any of them. This means they cannot go to the base and protest with incurring hefty jail sentences.

The judiciary in the town of DeWitt is hell bent on stopping the protests by any means possible except by stopping the killing. That option is off the table.

Those serving on behalf of the victims of drones are:

Judy Bello, Rochester, NY
Daniel Burgevin, Trumansburg, NY
Mark Colville, New Haven, CT
Clare Grady, Ithaca, NY
Mary Anne Grady Flores, Ithaca, NY
Martha Hennessy, New York, NY
Brian Hynes, Bronx, NY
Ed Kinane, Syracuse, NY
Rae Kramer, Syracuse, NY
James Ricks, Ithaca, NY
Mark Scibilia-Carver, Trumansburg, NY
Patricia Weiland, Northampton, MA

The defendants were prepared for whatever sentence the judge imposed. In the words of Ed Kinane, "Any penalty this court can impose on me is trivial compared to the death sentences imposed on the drone victims."

Well said Ed, well said.

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February 23, 2014
7:04 p.m.

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