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‘Kangaroo Court’ ‘Railroading’ Noted Peace Activists | The Intercept with Jeremy Scahill

Trump now controls all U.S. nukes and seven activists who protested this threat are now facing decades in prison.

This week on Intercepted: Legendary peace activist Liz McAlister has spent her entire life resisting U.S. war. The 79-year-old grandmother of six, who is on trial with her Kings Bay Plowshares co-defendants, explains why she and her friends snuck onto a U.S. nuclear base to deliver an indictment of the U.S. government. Rudy Giuliani has emerged as Donald Trump’s dollar store Roy Cohn and he has put himself right in the center of the impeachment inquiry.

Journalist Johnny Dwyer, author of “The Districts,” chronicles Giuliani’s time as a prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, Giuliani’s connections to shady characters from a host of countries and why he may never face indictment.

Journalist Emily Guendelsberger went undercover working at Amazon, McDonald’s and Convergys. She discusses her experience in the dystopic world of low wage work and her new book “On the Clock, What Low-Wage Work Did to Me and How It Drives America Insane.”

Source: Omnicidal Tendencies: The Nuclear Presidency of Donald Trump

From the Institute for Public Accuracy

“Kangaroo Court” “Railroading” Noted Peace Activists

The trial of the Kings Bay Plowshares 7 enters its third day today in Brunswick, Georgia.

These activists have have spent varying amount of time in jail for having entered a major nuclear facility to nonviolently “symbolically disarm” the massive nuclear arsenal stationed there.

Prosecution witnesses on Tuesday refused to “either confirm or deny” the existence of nuclear weapons on the base.

The defendants face decades in prison if convicted. The judge has indicated she wants to finish the trial Wednesday or Thursday.

See Wednesday morning report from the Intercepted podcast: “Omnicidal Tendencies. Also see report by “Democracy Now”: “Kings Bay Plowshares 7: Trial Begins for Liz McAlister & Others for Breaking Into Nuke Sub Base.”

See reporting from the court room from the Ithaca Voice and by Linda Pentz Gunter in the British Morning Star.
Howard Zinn testified in a similar Plowshares case in 1985 and related the action to a tradition in the U.S. of civil resistance. See video.

But in this case, the judge has restricted expert testimony and prevented a defense based on religious freedom.

See Sam Husseini’s report “Catholic Activists Stand Trial for Protesting Nuclear Weapons” in The Nation: Daniel Ellsberg “has filed an affidavit with the court arguing that the defendants were justified in their actions because they are attempting to prevent ‘omnicide, the collateral murder of nearly every human on earth in a war in which the nuclear missiles aboard Trident submarines were launched.’

“But decisions of the judge have largely shut the door to the jury hearing anything about such defenses of ‘justification’ or ‘necessity.’ On Friday, Judge Lisa Godbey Wood of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia prohibited a whole series of defenses — including the testimony of international lawyer Francis Boyle of the University of Illinois, on the illegality of U.S. nuclear policy — writing that while the defendants’ ‘subjective beliefs about the illegality of nuclear weapons may be relevant background information, whether nuclear weapons are actually illegal under international or domestic law…is not relevant or an appropriate issue to litigate in this case.”

The prosecution in excruciating detail showed pictures of the actions of the protesters. Husseini posted pictures of the actions, which include spray painting statements on a monument to nuclear missiles on the base and spilling their own blood on the emblem of the facility.

The defendants left a copy of Ellsberg’s latest book — The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner — at the base. It was not among the items the prosecution offered for evidence, although they did discuss Kind bar wrappings the defendants had apparently brought onto the base.

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