This is an update to an earlier post: 19,000 protest at the School of Americas with 40 crossing the line to face almost certain federal prison terms
Four of those who crossed the line to carry the protest against the SOA onto the military base remain incarcerated in the Muscogee County Jail in Columbus, Georgia. Father Jerry Zawada, 68 of Indiana and Father Louis Vitale, 73, of San Francisco and Priscilla Treska, 66, of Cleveland Ohio refused $1,000 bond and remain in jail. One person, Christine Gaunt, 49, of Grinnell Iowa, pled guilty and has already been sentenced to six months in prison and a $2,000 fine. Another, Don Nelson, of Summertown TN, received a sentence of 90 days in prison.
Others are scheduled to go to trial on January 30th, 2006, while the real criminals and those responsible for the SOA torture manuals have never even been charged.
“Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience… therefore [individuals] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.” – NÃ¼rnberg International Military Tribunal
SOAW.org: 4 sets of slideshows from this year’s protests (the pictures of those crossing the line, or in this case crawling under the fence to be arrested by the MP’s on the other side, are particularly stirring — I’m so encouraged to see folks willing to take this stand for peace in light of the almost certain federal prison terms they will be getting. With folks like this alive today, there still is hope.)