My Dear Friends,
Let’s start with a couple of definitions.
Sabotage: Destruction of property or obstruction of normal operations, as by civilians or enemy agents in time of war (Free Dictionary). Destructive or obstructive action carried on by a civilian or enemy agent to hinder a nation’s war effort (Merriam – Webster).
It appears that the U.S. Attorney’s office is hard at work trying to figure out the most expeditious way to get the Transform Now Plowshares to cop a plea and get them behind bars with a minimum of public attention. Hmmm… wonder why???
The most recent murmurings have it (from good sources) that the government is considering modifying the charges against the Transform Now Plowshares defendants to add “sabotage” (US Code – Chapter 105). Sounds exotic, doesn’t it??? Or perhaps, in this case, a bit Orwellian.
According to Frank Munger’s Atomic City Underground blog, “Jeff Theodore, an assistant U.S. attorney who specializes in national security cases, wasn’t specific about the potential charges, but they reportedly could include: interference with war activities of the U.S. government, which carries a maximum punishment of 30 years in prison; and/or destruction of national security premises, which carries a penalty up to 20 years.”
Whoa!!! “Interference with war activities”!?!?!?!?!?!
In this time of endless war why wouldn’t the government bring such charges against those who engage in such direct (nonviolent) confrontation of the government’s illegal nuclear weapons activities. After all – we must pretend that all is well, and that the government has the best interests of its citizens at heart (whatever heart it may have). We must quickly and expeditiously get these “saboteurs” behind bars for the safety of the Military-Nuclear-Industrial Complex.
But I digress. The point is that any charges brought against the Transform Now Plowshares (or any other previous Plowshares activists) have no basis as the government that brings those charges is itself acting in contravention of the U.S. Constitution, established treaties and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, among other things. Therefore the government has no standing in such a situation.
The purpose of the Transform Now Plowshares is to put the U.S. Government’s nuclear weapons policies on trial. Based on past Plowshares trials and the current machinations of the U.S. Attorney’s office, it is clear that we are looking at yet another Kangaroo court!!!
Please sign the petition at Change.org addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder asking him to not allow any additional charges to be brought against the Transform Now Plowshares – Greg, Michael and Megan.
Then share the petition with others. Let’s flood the Attorney General with support for Transform Now Plowshares. Let’s put the real culprit(s) on trial here U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policies!!!
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