4 months for Recruiting Station Protest

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Anti-war activist Daniel Burns received a six month prison sentence on Monday (Jan 23) for his involvement in a 2003 protest at an upstate New York recruiting station.  Burns is one of four non-violent peace activists known as the St. Patrick’s Four, convicted of pouring their own blood on posters, the flag, and the walls of an Ithaca recruiting station in March 2003.  The action was a protest against the looming war on Iraq.

According to the website stpatricksfour.org, "Burns was the first of the St. Patrick’s Four to appear for sentencing in Binghamton, NY. Peter DeMott, Clare Grady and Teresa Grady will also be sentenced individually this week."

According to Newsday, Burns said "My conduct was honorable" at the sentencing hearing. 

Burns said the federal government was being hypocritical for prosecuting him while carrying out an illegal war in Iraq and conducting illegal wiretaps on American citizens.

"It is the U.S. government that is guilty of much larger crimes," said Burns.

Newsday went on:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office decided to prosecute the four after a county court jury deadlocked over whether they should be convicted of trespassing and criminal mischief, misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail.

The four anti-war protesters, however, were acquitted of the most serious charge against them _ conspiracy to impede an officer of the United States, which carried a maximum sentence of up to six years in federal prison.

Newsday also reported that Burns is being investigated by the State Department for "illegally" travelling to Cuba to protest outside the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. 

3 Responses to “4 months for Recruiting Station Protest”

  1. Depression Says:

    Depression

    Depression

  2. ren Says:

    “It is the U.S. government that is guilty of much larger crimes,” said Burns.

    Is he admitting guilt here? The U.S. Gov is guilty of crimes much larger than, um, HIS!? Also, I love his liberal and easy use of “illegal” in reference to the war and wiretapping while he’s doing something so, um, ILLEGAL? Good work Burns, you fool, and thanks Kat Aaron of CR for posting it for us to see!

  3. REN Says:

    There I go again, posting with a knee-jerk reaction. I think Burns has a point to make and a right to make it. I just don’t like his way of doing it. The NSA wiretapping issue really was a knee-jerk reaction in Washington that was as politically motivated as it was by Civil Liberties. I listen to NPR and read the NY Times just to keep a perspective on what other people are thinking; well, hearing and reading, at least. I could listen to Conservative Talk Radio but WHY? I already agree with a lot of their core values but I don’t need to POLARIZE myself with the constant bombardment and daily musings. We are just making things worse by reacting like this, all of us, on both sides!

    Please CR, don’t try to SMASH down the US Military and its recruiting efforts as a way of fighting Politics. Their are soldiers, like me, out there who do DILIGENTLY try to be fair, honest, open and caring in all that we do in these conflicts, despite the politics. Destroying the US Military won’t bring WORLD PEACE any faster and I’d argue that it’d take a LOT LONGER without it.

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