BERNing down the NSA.
profrv at nex.net.au
Thu Apr 22 17:49:17 PDT 1999
The Baltimore Emergency Response Network (BERN), a group that seeks to halt
U.S. military intervention in other sovereign nations and promotes peaceful
solutions to conflict, will gather this Fourth of July, as it done since
1996, for its annual In[ter]dependence Day demonstration at the
38,000-employee National Security Agency. At 10 a.m. at 9800 Savage Road in
Fort Meade, BERN members will demonstrate for an end to the NSA's secret
and overt operations that they charge lead to killing, destruction and
domination. They plan to deploy "Star Wars" balloons as examples of what
they believe would be a more cost-effective form of missile defense than
the "star wars" National Missile Defense program now underway.
"Justice is the only means of security," said BERN member Max Obuszewski in
a prepared statement to the press. "It is an ethical imperative that money
wasted on spying and warmaking be diverted to satisfy the basic needs of
all people of the world. We are interdependent as one human family."
Four BERN members--Ellen Barfield, Max Obuszewski, Sister Carol Gilbert,
O.P. and Sister Ardeth Platte, O.P--were arrested in October 2001 at the
time of another BERN protest at the NSA. They were charged with trespass,
destruction of government property and conspiracy. These charges were
dropped in April 2002, but they were warned by a prosecutor at Fort Meade
that new charges would be filed. "The defendants welcome an opportunity to
challenge the National Security Agency in court," said Obuszewski. The four
intend to take part in the July 4 protest.
BERN activists have been seeking to meet with the NSA's director to discuss
the agency's involvement with Star Wars, Echelon (which intercepts
communications worldwide), and the Space Command Vision for 2020, which
calls for domination of the heavens.
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