Drones on trial in mid-Missouri; next demonstration on tap
by Jane Stoever
Three civil resisters to drone warfare come to trial at 1:30 pm Sept. 10 at the federal courthouse, 80 Lafayette St., Jefferson City, Mo. The three crossed the mid-Missouri Whiteman Air Force Base property line April 15 during the Midwest Trifecta Resista along with about 30 supporters. The three resisters asked to deliver an indictment against all involved in drone warfare, from President Obama to the base commander to the teams operating the drones. When asked to leave the property, the three refused, were arrested, and soon were released.
The two coming to trial Sept. 10 will plead not guilty. They are Ron Faust, a retired Disciples of Christ minister from Kansas City, Mo., and Brian Terrell, a Catholic Worker from Maloy, Iowa, and a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Their expert witnesses include Col. Ann Wright, former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, constitutional law expert Bill Quigley, and Kathy Kelly, a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
The third person arrested, Mark Kenney of Omaha, pleaded guilty June 6 at the arraignment in Jefferson City, Mo., and has begun serving his four-month sentence in federal prison in Duluth, Minn.
Trifecta Resista participants are planning two other Sept. 10 events: a rally at 12:30 pm on the steps of the federal courthouse in Jefferson City, and a demonstration at the entry to Whiteman AFB in Knob Noster, Mo., after the trial, perhaps at 6 or 7 pm.
In addition, the expert witnesses coming to the Sept. 10 trial will give a free presentation on drone warfare Sept. 9 in Kansas City, Mo., from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main in KC, Mo.
“We’re trying to create a no-drone zone!” says Tamara Severns, coordinator of the Trifecta Resista drone events. “We encourage people to come to the trial and demonstration, to help us ground the drones that are killing so many innocent people.”