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Mary Anne began her sentencing statement with, “Your honor, a series of judicial perversions brings me here before you tonight.” She concluded that the “final perversion is the reversal of who is the real victim here: the commander of a military base whose drones kill innocent people halfway around the world, or those innocent people themselves who are the real ones in need of protection from the terror of US drone attacks?”
Even though the pre-sentencing report recommended no jail time, Judge Gideon sentenced Mary Anne to the maximum of a year in prison. As he imposed his sentence, the judge referred to his previous Hancock decision. He had stated then and insinuated now, “This has got to stop.”
originally posted by: theantediluvian
A year in jail for violating a BS "protection order" issued to stop citizens from conducting nonviolent protests against the drone program? I find this to be deeply disturbing and completely unacceptable. How long did it take for laws to be passed so that similar orders could be issued to protect real victims of domestic abuse and stalking and now it's being used to silence peaceful demonstrations?
originally posted by: loam
Maybe if it had just stopped with the signs, the arrests might not have happened.
Blocking the gates to a military installation doesn't seem very smart to me.
These most recent incidents were not the only times Grady-Flores was involved in anti-drone protests in central New York. In 2011, she was part of the "Hancock 38," a group which was apprehended for protests at the air force base. According to Democracy Now (hearing transcript), those protests concerned the MQ-9 Reaper drones being flown remotely over Afghanistan from Syracuse since late 2009. The video below shows Grady-Flores making reference to that experience while testifying in DeWitt earlier this year in regards to the October 2012 incident.
Grandma repeatedly protested drones at base, now faces a year in jail
These Orders of Protection, typically used in domestic violence situations or to protect a victim or witness to a crime, have been issued to people participating in nonviolent resistance actions at Hancock Air Base since late 2012. The base, near Syracuse NY, pilots unmanned Reaper drones over Afghanistan, and trains drone pilots, sensor operators and maintenance technicians. The orders had been issued to “protect” Colonel Earl Evans, Hancock’s mission support commander, who wanted to keep protesters “out of his driveway.”The orders had been issued to “protect” Colonel Earl Evans, Hancock’s mission support commander, who wanted to keep protesters “out of his driveway.””
Nonviolent Drone Resister Sentenced To One Year in Prison
well it seems this was the third time she was arrested.
she was also arrested in 2011 according to this article.
List of names of the arrested adapted by Ed Kinane from the april 23, 2011
Syracuse Post-Standard, p. A-7 and according to the Onondaga County Sheriff's office:
Jerry Berrigan, 91
Paul Wittjung, 67
Ed Kinane, 66
Ann Tiffany, 75
Rae Kramer, 50
Julienne Oldfield, 73
Kathleen Rumpf, 59
Rich Vallejo, 24
Ellen Grady, 48
Marion “Susie” Kyssack, 68
Richard Saddler, 46
Mary Anne Grady-Flores, 54
Dannie Burns, 50
and apparently they have been going to the Commanders house and protesting that's why the order was given.
A pre-sentence investigation report conducted by the Onondaga County Probation Department suggested Grady-Flores' sentence be a conditional discharge, a suggestion that Gideon stated to be "devoid of any appropriate substance which to intelligently base its conclusion," noting that Grady-Flores has twice refused to pay fines and surcharges imposed by the court. Noting that he saw incarceration as the only option to send a message, Gideon said a conditional discharge or probation would only allow Grady-Flores to "thumb her nose at the law once again."
Hancock Air Base drone protester sentenced to 1 year in jail