Monthly Archive for December, 2011

Dhafir moved from CMU; resentencing postponed

Iraqi-American physician and humanitarian Dr. Rafil Dhafir, jailed nearly nine years on charges involving his charity to the people of his native country during the years of economic sanctions between the 1991 and 2003 U.S.-led attacks, has been moved from the notorious Communications Management Unit into general population at the U.S. prison at Terre Haute, […]

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Nuclear Resister Issue #164

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E-bulletin December 2011

the Nuclear Resister December, 2011 Happy holidays, and best wishes in 2012! IN THIS E-BULLETIN: 1)   GERMAN N-WASTE TRAIN DRAWS RECORD RESISTANCE 2)   BRADLEY MANNING IN COURT 3)   OCCUPY ENTERGY! WOMEN ARRESTED AT NUCLEAR POWER CORPORATE OFFICE 4)   BRITISH VILLAGERS BLOCK NUKE WASTE DUMP 5)   HANCOCK 38 DRONE RESISTERS CONVICTED, JAILED 6)   WOMAN ARRESTED AT […]

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Bradley Manning in court

photo from CBSnews.com

This post is updated with links to each day’s report of the Article 32 hearings, through Day 6, December 21

Day 1 – Getting into the Courtroom
7:35 AM
Manning’s pretrial hearing (called the Article 32) began on December 16, 2011 at Fort Meade in Maryland.  The weather was chilly and grey, but lightened as the day progressed.  Members of the public and media who wished to attend the trial were processed through the main visitors entrance.  Fort Meade prepared for an enormous turnout — designating a soccer-field sized parking lot for trial attendees and setting up an overflow spectator theater with video feed from the trial that could hold 100 people.

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Occupy Entergy! women arrested at nuclear power corporate office

Mic check reading of citizens' arrest warrant inside Entergy's office, from left, Frances Crowe, Susan B. Lantz, and Paki Wieland of Northampton, MA; Hattie Nestel of Athol, MA; Nina Swaim of Sharon, VT. Photo courtesy Marcia Gagliardi.

Eleven women of the Shut It Down Affinity Group occupied the offices of Entergy Corporation on Old Ferry Road, Brattleboro, Vermont, on Monday morning, December 12, and attempted to make a citizens’ arrest of the board and officers of Entergy, operator of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon.

All the women were arrested for unlawful trespass and directed to appear for arraignment on various January dates in Brattleboro Superior Court, Criminal Division.

Shut-It-Downers cited Entergy for “heedless disregard of public health, public safety, and the right of the citizenry to hear the truth.”

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Remember a resister over the holidays

Holiday Greetings People of Peace,
Oh what a year it’s been!  For those of us in the Anti-Nuclear and Anti-War Resistance Movement it has been a year of continued struggle against an ever growing (and out-of-control) Military-Industrial Complex.  From drones to nuclear weapons and more, dedicated peacemakers have steadfastly resisted the dominant culture of war.
At places like Fort Benning, Y-12, Kansas City, STRATCOM, Hancock Field, Downing Street  and Jeju Island, resisters stood their ground taking a stand for justice and peace.  They spoke out against a host of immoral and illegal actions by their governments.  And for their actions many were arrested, tried and put in prison.

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British priest jailed for nonpayment of fine

Fr. Martin Newell, center, with codefendants Chris Cole and Sr. Susan Clarkson

Fr. Martin Newell of the London Catholic Worker community was sentenced to 24 days imprisonment on Friday 9 December 2011 at Highbury Magistrates Court.  Martin was brought before the court for refusing to pay a fine arising from cutting into the Northwood Headquarters/ London
in December 2008.  The anti-war direct action was timed for the “Feast of the Holy Innocents” on the Catholic liturgical calender. The feast day follows Christmas and commemorates the massacre of children in a search and destroy mission by King Herod who saw the birth of Christ as a threat to his power.

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~ From Morgantown FCI, by Steve Baggarly

The one thing which every jail and prison does more than anything else is counting people.  We’re counted five times a day here. Three times we’re returned to our housing units to stand by our bunks and be counted, and they come through twice at night after lights out. We’re counted to the extent that when the announcement came over the intercom last night, “count time, back to your bunks for standing count” that one of the guys said, “Ok fellas, time to go to work”. In Tennessee and Georgia we were counted five or six times each day and always by two guards to ensure accuracy. They take great care lest even one of us be lost.

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British villagers block neighborhood nuke dump

A private firm’s plan to dump low-level radioactive waste in their East Midlands landfill met with nonviolent resistance on the morning of December 2. Three days before, Kings Cliffe Waste Watchers, with the backing of 98% of area residents who opposed the plan in a recent referendum, were given leave to appeal a British High Court ruling in favor of operator Augean. But the court refused to grant an order barring the waste until the appeal is concluded. Augean had earlier agreed to wait until the legal dispute was settled, but now said they’d go ahead, and could just dig it up again if the ruling was not in their favor.

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Drone Resisters Convicted, Jailed

Clare Grady and codefendants at their sentencing in DeWitt Town Court, December 1. Photo © Mike Greenlar / The Post Standard

(From the Nuclear Resister #164, December 5, 2011. For  a free copy of the current issue, email your postal address to nukeresister@igc.org.)

After “many a sleepless night”, a town court judge in DeWitt, New York convicted 31 of the Hancock 38 Drone Resisters, and sent four to jail. Judge David Gideon’s verdict and sentencing came in a five-hour night court hearing December 1, after deliberating on their four-day trial held a month earlier in November.

Early in his decision, read from the bench, Gideon stated, “Many issues were raised that were not heretofore contemplated by this Court on a personal level; for which this Court personally acknowledges a new and different understanding, making the decision now before the Court that much more difficult.” After much consideration, he concluded that the defendants were guilty of both “obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic” and “refusing to comply with a lawful order of the police to disperse.”

The 38 came to the Air National Guard base at Hancock Field near Syracuse last April to protest the remote piloting from there of armed MQ-9 Reaper drones over Afghanistan.

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