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Support the Decommissioners on trial from the 17th of May 2010

Posted by anti militarist on March 24, 2010

The EDO Decommissioners always intended to go to trial – now set for May 17th – Not as the accused but as the accusers making the case that their action was lawful because they were disarming an arms factory which is complicit in war crimes.

Postponed from last autumn, the trial of the six people charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage at the ITT/EDO MBM offices in Brighton in January 2009 now begins on May 17th.

On 17th January 2009, as the bombs rained down on Gaza, the six defendants entered the EDO factory. They threw computers and filing cabinets out of the first floor window and took hammers to machinery used for weapons production. Their aim was to disable the war machine and to take action against those who profit from the aerial bombardment of Gaza. The offices were out of action for a month.

During the January 2009 attack on Gaza more than 1400 people were killed including over 300 children. Schools and hospitals were targeted.

It is widely accepted that Israel committed war crimes against the people of Gaza. The arms companies, like EDO, who knowingly supplied the weapons to enable the invasion to happen and are complicit in those crimes.

ITT/EDO MBM supply components to the Israeli army, including release mechanisms and bomb racks for use in fighter aircraft. They have also been involved in the design and manufacture of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), which were used extensively in reconnaisance and bombing missions against civilians in Gaza.

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Raytheon Leave Derry but legal battles go on – Support The Raytheon 14

Posted by anti militarist on March 21, 2010

“Raytheon leave Derry! A massive victory for all the people who campaigned to drag Raytheon out of the shadows for 10 war-filled years. If you fight, you can sometimes win” Colm Bryce of The Raytheon 9

But the legal battles continue with, the  Raytheon 9 women and 5 men facing criminal damage charges after they used Non Violent Direct Action to access the Raytheon Software plant in Derry, in an attempt to disarm the mainframe computer.

The action on Monday 12 January 2009, over which the 14 are now facing charges, had originally been planned by 9 women in direct response to the Israeli bombing of Gaza. The 9 women went in on the Monday morning after the Israeli bombardment continued unabated after it had dashed hopes for a cease-fire over the previous week-end.

“Our intention was to bring down the mainframe as the “Raytheon 9” had done.” Goretti Horgan, one of the 9 women, “We knew from that trial that when the Derry mainframe went down, all of Raytheon’s UK plants were knocked-out. In other words it was a really effective way of stopping the war machine, and we were determined to do the same.” But they didn’t reach the main-frame, and then barricaded themselves in until the Police gave them an undertaking that they would investigate Raytheon for complicity in war crimes.

Raytheon are the world’s largest manufacturer of missiles and the world’s fifth largest weapons manufacturer.

Until they left in February 2010 (thanks to all the action taken against them), Raytheon’s Derry software plant developed the firmware for transponders, targeting software and other crucial guidance system-related work for weapons.

Their factories globally manufacture Tomahawk Cruise missiles, Sidewinder missiles, Hellfire missiles, the “Bunker Buster” bombs, the delivery systems for Cluster bombs, White Phosphate and Napalm.

They supply human rights abusing and militarist regimes such as Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Oman, Singapore, Greece, Taiwan and South Korea. Their senior staff enjoy a cosy relationship through revolving doors and lobby groups throughout the U.S. Military Industrial Complex, with all areas of state power, including the defense, foreign policy and state departments. They also unsurprisingly have extensive contracts with EDO MBM/ITT. Find out more at Indymedia Ireland or Support them on Facebook.

And if you still don’t know about the landmark Rayheon 9 case find out more at

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New Zealand Waihopai Activists – Not Guilty

Posted by anti militarist on March 19, 2010

crap2.jpgNew Zealand activists may hold the key to a successful defence in UK courts. Anti-spying activists have been cleared of all charges using an argument that they were preventing harm to others! This can only provide what’s called a ‘persuasive precedent’ in UK cases because it’s in New Zealand, but the more examples there are in the world of this defence succeeding, the more likely it is to succeed in UK courts. Activists who broke into a Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) facility and damaged a satellite dish have escaped prosecution using a defence of protecting the public. Read the rest of this entry »

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Court of Appeal Update + New Prisoner Number For Elijah Smith

Posted by anti militarist on March 17, 2010

The crown prosecution admitted defeat, and chose not to take the arguement to the court of appeal. The Decommissioners will be able to argue infront of a jury, that edo/itt were implicit in war crimes, and that by bringing the factory to a standstill we were preventing a greater crime. Please help by Signing Our Petition, and supporting Elijah Smith who is still behind bars over year later without trial. Please take note of new prisoner number

Elijah Smith, A3186AM , HMP Lewes , 1 Brighton Rd, Lewes, Sussex, BN7 1EA ENGLAND

For those who can visit, times are 2pm-4pm. If not write a letter!

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Hammers @ Dawn, London Saturday 20th March

Posted by anti militarist on March 15, 2010

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Good News In Decommissioners Preliminary Hearing 01/03/2010

Posted by anti militarist on March 3, 2010

The prosecution led the days argument they claimed by causing over a quarter of a million pounds worth of damage to EDO/ITT we in no way could have saved lives in the occupied territories.  This therefore meant we had no right to a jury trial. The judge then asked the prosecution to provide evidence to substantiate such a claim, the prosecution had nothing to show.

The defence then came back to say there were two linked issues that required consideration.
i) The circumstances in which a judge may withdraw a defendant’s defence;
ii) Whether the facts relied on by the defendants’ amounts to a defence in law.

The points of law up for scrutiny were from the:

Criminal Damage Act 1971,
Criminal Law Act 1967,
The Common Law Defence of Necessity.

Judge Kemp returned in the afternoon with the court’s finding and took a favourable decision for the decommissioners. The issues raised by the defence, on all three points of Law, should be decided by a jury and not a judge.  The prosecution then asked the judge if they were allowed to appeal, the judge refused although this confusingly still leaves the door open to the court of appeal.

It is anticipated that the prosecution will go to the court appeal to challenge at-least one if not all three of the decommissioners defences. They have a week in which to do this if they so wish.

Elijah Smith Was Moved Back To Lewes Prison

Elijah Smith, A3186AM , HMP Lewes , 1 Brighton Rd, Lewes, Sussex, BN7 1EA ENGLAND

NB New prisoner number from March 2010

For those who can visit, times are 2pm-4pm daily

Please start sending letters of support or visiting to keep his spirits up and please Sign Our Petition

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