In De Witt, NY Town Court for Opposing Reaper Drone War Crime at Hancock Air Base

In Drones on September 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

DC Woman on Trial September 15

At 8:30 AM, Monday, September 15, Ms Eve Tetaz of Washington, DC will defend herself against a charge of trespass in a bench trial before Judge David Gideon in the De Witt town court near Syracuse, New York in Onondaga County.

Over a year ago, on April 28, 2013, Ms Tetaz, 83 years-old, was arrested along with 30 others as she read aloud the First Amendment of the Constitution, in the driveway leading to the main gate of the Hancock Reaper drone base on East Molloy Rd. When ordered to stop, she continued her reading. Ms Tetaz notes that, when arrested, she was “peacefully petitioning my government for a redress of grievances, a right protected under the Constitution.”

Those arrested on April 28, 2013 are members of Upstate Drone Action, a grassroots group which since 2010 has been seeking to call base personnel and the public’s attention to the killing and terrorizing of Afghan civilians by the 174th Attack Wing of the NY National Guard stationed at Hancock.

Upstate Drone Action believes such killing and terrorizing is immoral and illegal, violating the UN Charter and international law – which under Article Six of the U.S. Constitution trumps both local and federal U.S. law.

Since 2010 there have been over 160 arrests and numerous incarcerations of Upstate Drone Action members for our scrupulously nonviolent protests at Hancock.

In July Judge Gideon sentenced Mary Anne Grady-Flores, a grandmother of three from Ithaca, New York, to a one-year prison sentence for allegedly violating an Order of Protection protecting Hancock’s commander from these nonviolent demonstrators outside the base’s perimeter. About a dozen more such trials are scheduled between now and next spring. ###

Eve Tetaz, (202) 332-0599
Ed Kinane, (315) 478-4571


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