Drone attacks kill innocent people

June 12, 2014


I wish to thank the Times Union and Dennis Yusko for the recent coverage of my trial and acquittal, “Protester acquitted of charges,” May 1.

People may wonder why we are protesting drones. The answer is simple: More than 2,400 men, women and children, more than 270 of them civilians, have died in drone attacks, according to an analysis by the Bureau of Investigate Journalism.

Our government officials consistently deny these facts and lie to the American people. Honest journalists often suffer heavy penalties for reporting factual and truthful information about the many massacres committed by our government. The results are the American people, for the most part, do not know the truth as they neither see nor hear the horror of our foreign policy or the callous disregard of the civilian populations in other countries. Those of us who are aware and care about our fellow human beings cannot abide the continuing murder of children, men and women and insist these drone attacks stop.

Folks from across the region — from Albany to Buffalo, from Binghamton to Syracuse and many towns between — have been protesting these attacks and killings from Hancock Field Air National Guard Base in Syracuse. Jury trials for the Hancock 31 are now scheduled to run into June 2015 in DeWitt Town Court. Hopefully, by then, our government will stop murdering people under the deception of national security.

John Amidon


Veterans For Peace