Drone resisters acquitted
Four drone resisters from the 2015 Big Books action are found innocent on all charges.
On March 19, 2015, the 12th anniversary of the United States' invasion of Iraq, seven members of the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars shut the main gate of the Hancock Drone Base near Syracuse with a giant copy of the UN Charter and three other giant books – Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill, Living Under Drones by NYU and Stanford Law Schools, and You Never Die Twice by Reprieve. They brought the books to Hancock to remind everyone at the base of the signed treaties that prohibit the killing of civilians and assassinations of human beings.
James Ricks of Ithaca, Daniel Burns of Ithaca, Brian Hynes of the Bronx, and Ed Kinane of Syracuse were charged with obstruction of government administration, disorderly conduct, and trespass, and faced a year in jail. All four were found innocent at the Dewitt Town Court on Thursday.