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U.S. Army at Shannon Airport - Unjustifiable On Any Level

Speech given at Public Meeting 'US Army Out of Shannon; Troops Out of Afghanistan', Wynn's Hotel Dublin 27 May 2010. Organised by the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA) and the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)

John Lannon, Shannonwatch

“We’d all prefer if there were no wars …”

This is a quote from a Clare Fianna Fail TD, speaking on a local radio show in early May 2010. It was a few days after Omni Air International, the main airline company transporting U.S. troops through Shannon, stopped using the airport. They did so because of the volcanic ash from Iceland which was drifting in and out of Irish airspace. As a result of the pull-out, 30 workers were laid of at the airport and this prompted local media interest and discussion.

Shannonwatch Member Granted Visa to Attend US Conference

Shannonwatch member Edward Horgan will speak at a conference on rendition and torture in Duke University in North Carolina this week. In January of this year the U.S. revoked the ten year visa which he had been granted in 2009, but at the last minute he was granted a 3 month visa and will be attending the conference.

Black Hearts for Valentine's Day at Shannon

Valentine's Day was marked at Shannon Airport by a vigil calling for Love not War. Around 25 people gathered in the sunshine outside the airport entrance, displaying black hearts and calling for an end to the U.S. military use of Shannon. Demonstrators ended the hour long vigil by giving their black heart 'Valentine Cards' to the Gardai who stood behind the metal barriers which they had erected to block access to the airport.

Announcement of Women's Peace Camp 2010

There will be a Gathering of Women At Shannon Airport For the sixth year of the Women’s peace camp.

This year the camp will be part of the international women's day celebrations and will be held from 2 pm on SAturday MARCH 6th, ending with an action-rally at 2pm Sunday March 7th.

(Children & Men are Welcome. Sorry, No Dogs.)

The camp will be set up adjacent to the small roundabout just before the airport entrance (gantry).

  • Drumming, Knitting, Storytelling, Patchwork-quilting.
  • A Spring Cleanout to use up all our Bits & Pieces, Shreds & Patches.

End Ireland’s complicity in the oppression of Afghan Women.

Global Injustices and Violations of Civil Liberties Go Hand in Hand at Shannon

Every day the war machines roll through Shannon, as the innocent populations of Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere suffer the brutal consequences of neo-liberal occupation. The Gardai react by mounting public displays of strength against half a dozen innocent protestors, while claiming to have no opinions or authority over the cargos and personnel passing through the airport.

Typical State response to a peaceful vigil at Shannon

Convicted Criminals Assisted by the Irish Authorities

On 4 November an Italian judge convicted 23 CIA agents and two Italian agents for their role in the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric. Milan judge Oscar Magi sentenced former Milan CIA station chief Bob Seldon Lady  to 8 years in prison, and 22 other agents to 5 years for their role in the abduction of Egyptian cleric Abu Omar. Italian Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano , who was responsible for the CIA kidnapping team’s flight to Egypt from a U.S. air base in Italy was also convicted.

The Wall Street Journal of Nov 5th called the decision "a landmark ruling on the controversial [illegal] U.S. practice of abducting [kidnapping] suspected terrorists and flying them to other countries for interrogation [torture]".