US Military Aerial Refuelling Tankers at Shannon

                A KC-135R refuels an F-15 Eagle (from Wikipedia)

For those of you interested in the two US Air Force aircraft photographed at Shannon on August 5th, here is some more information. They were Boeing KC135R Stratotankers, registrations 62-3500 and 63-7992. The aircraft are operated by the Wisconsin and Ohio Air National Guard respectively.

The KC135R’s are 50-year old aircraft, used to refuel fighter jets in mid-air. As such they not only show the close links Shannon airport has to actual combat fighting; they also highlight the type of safety risks that are being taken at a civilian airport which is not designed for military traffic.

Another Busy Morning on US Airbase Shannon

This photo was taken just after 7am on Sunday 5th August at Shannon. It shows two US Air Force planes parked near the terminal building, with what looks like a Garda or Airport Police vehicle in close attendance beside one of them.

While US troop numbers going through Shannon are down, the US Air Force and Navy continue to take their aircraft through the airport with little regard for the safety of the local population. Equally they show little regard for the neutrality and the years of peacekeeping effort that Ireland was once renowned for.

US Drone Attacks - Illegal and Unacceptable

A US Predator drone (unmanned aeriel vehicle), firing a missile (from Drone Wars UK website)

A missile launched from a US drone aircraft killed eight people - or 'suspected militants' as the western media refers to them - in North Waziristan today. A week ago five other people were extrajudicially executed in the region by another of the thousands of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) operated by the US. Its the way the CIA operates these days in places like Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, under the command of Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

Today June 26th is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. On this day we remember all the people throughout the world who have been tortured, abused and cruelly treated by governments, opposition groups and agents acting on their behalf. We offer our solidarity and support to these victims, and we remember their families and loved ones who have suffered too. As an Irish based organisation we are particularly aware of the shameful involvement of our own government in torture. By giving CIA rendition crews and the US military unimpeded access to Shannon Airport they too have undermined human dignity and violated international law.

Not Speaking Out

Given the abject failures by the international community, including the UN, to create international peace, perhaps it’s time to update the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller before the peoples of Syria, Iran and others are added to the litany of eminently avoidable catastrophes ...

Ireland and Obama's Assassination Policy

The man of peace, Barack Obama, who oversees a global assassination programme

A report in the Irish Times of 19th June highlights a UN call on the Obama administration to justify its policy of assassinating rather than capturing al-Qaeda or Taliban suspects. The policy which is being implemented using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drone, is also responsible for a lot of innocent civilian lives in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere.