Drones that deliver death unjustly receive special protection

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Finally the PG editorial board has discovered that the mere possibility of drones filling our own U.S. skies is cause for concern (“Drones Are Coming: PNC Park’s Aerial Visitor Is a Warning for the Future,” July 6). But what about the weaponized ones that regularly rain death on those below, killing hundreds of civilians and children as they supposedly target terrorists in Afghanistan, Yemen and elsewhere?

It is this, in fact, indiscriminate war-making by Reaper drones such as those flown from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse, N.Y., that has led, first, to five years of nonviolent protest by hundreds of us who have received minor convictions and, now, to the conviction and July 10 sentencing of Ithaca, N.Y., grandmother Mary Ann Grady Flores, a longtime friend of mine and those of us who, on religious grounds, sponsor the website www.franzjagerstatter.com.

The judge has promised a stiff sentence for Mary Ann.

She was convicted of breaking an order of protection. OOP is the new tactic of the Syracuse district attorney’s office to prevent people of peace from participating in a demonstration at the base. The intent of an OOP is to protect a spouse from abuse, but in this case, Hancock’s base commander feels threatened by these nonviolent protesters.

As long as weaponized drones have such a privileged place in the U.S. arsenal, the nonweaponized ones are going to be very hard to regulate over PNC Park.


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