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category international | crime and justice | news report author Sunday November 14, 2010 23:19author by Edward Horgan - Shannonwatch Report this post to the editors

War criminals allowed pass through Shannon?

Garda Sergeant in Charge at Shannon airport asked Edward Horgan to produce evidence that the US Hercules warplane at Shannon was carrying dangerous munitions or war-criminals. When Edward Horgan attempted to go towards the airport to get such evidence he was prevented from doing so by Gardai.

About 1000 US troops and an unknown quantity of munitiions passed through Shannon today

In Afghanistan, some people died because of the US-led war of occupation assisted by some Irish Army soldiers
Protest At Shannon Terminator Building
Protest At Shannon Terminator Building

November Vigil at Shannon Airport
The monthly peace vigil at Shannon airport began a little early this remembrance Sunday 14 November 2010. Some early-dove peace activists observed an OMNI Air planeload of US troops at the airport and one Hercules C 130 warplane. With some time to spare we drove up to the airport, and were waved through the combined Garda/Airport Police not-so-high-security checkpoint. We took some photos of the warplanes, and since we had the vigil banners in the car, we decided to do an impromptu vigil at the terminal building, including walking through the arrivals and departures areas with our US TROOPS OUT OF SHANNON banner. The response from Gardai and Airport security was rather subdued. We retired to the Park Inn hotel for a cup of coffee, and had the comfort of a Garda escort throughout.
We had a total of eleven peace activists at our vigil at the roundabout, from Galway, Dublin, Clare and Limerick, and as usual we were outnumbered by Gardai. Towards the end of the vigil, we approached the Garda security barriers, hastily erected after we had earlier came back out from the airport. I asked Garda Sergeant Noel McMahon, the Garda in charge, to search the US military Hercules aircraft that was present at the airport, in case it was carrying unauthorised munitions such as depleted uranium, or US soldiers who were guilty of war crimes. He informed me that he could not do so unless I produced evidence to justify such a search. He said that if I produced such evidence he would consider the matter. I informed him that it was the job of the Gardai to investigate potential crimes and collect evidence and again asked him to search the US warplane to collect such evidence. He said the Gardai would not do so. I then informed him that I would then go and get some evidence, and attempted to walk towards the airport but was prevented from doing so by Gardai. I told Sgt McMahon that he was contradicting himself, by asking me first to get evidence and then preventing me from getting it. I informed him that I would try and get such evidence in the future. I also reminded him that on 24 June 2004, when I had requested the Gardai at Shannon to arrest war criminal George W Bush when he visited Shannon airport, they had refused to do so, and this individual had subsequently admitted that he authorised the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo and elsewhere. Garda Sergeant McMahon refused to comment further and asked me to make a written request to have the aircraft searched if I wished to do so, and this would be passed up to his superiors. I subsequently went to Shannon Garda station at about 15.30 pm, and made a verbal request to Garda Clear to have the Hercules aircraft searched. She then discussed the matter with her superior the Station Sergeant and returned to say that my request to have the aircraft searched had been refused.
At least four OMNI Air plane loads of US troops have passed through Shannon in the past 24 yours. Their registration numbers were N603AX, N378AX, N720AX, N270AX. Thatís probably over 1000 US troops in one day.
Over the past 48 hours three Hercules C 130 warplanes have also been at Shannon, registration numbers 72-1289, 16-5161, 82-0056. That probably represents a very substantial amount of military cargo and possibly US special forces. We donít know who these soldiers were or what military cargo or munitions were on those warplanes.
Does anyone care any more? It is clear that the Gardai at Shannon do not care now, and have not cared much for the past nine years.

Related Link: http://www.shannonwatch.org

Hercules Warplane Shannon 14 Nov 2010
Hercules Warplane Shannon 14 Nov 2010

US Troop Carrier Shannon 14 Nov 2010
US Troop Carrier Shannon 14 Nov 2010

Peace Vigil shannon 14 Nov 2010
Peace Vigil shannon 14 Nov 2010

At the Shannon barricades 14 Nov 2010
At the Shannon barricades 14 Nov 2010

 #   Title   Author   Date 
   Irish Army armed guard on US Warplane at Shannon     Shannonwatcher    Sun Nov 14, 2010 23:51 
   The Greens     Jimmy joe    Mon Nov 15, 2010 10:33 
   not in my name please ,shannonwatch     joe mcivor    Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:38 
   But it's NOT necessarily that     Mike Novack    Mon Nov 15, 2010 14:11 
   Thanks, keep it up!     A Meagher    Mon Nov 15, 2010 15:27 
   Mike Novack     joe mcivor    Mon Nov 15, 2010 22:36 
   Not so Joe     Mike Novack    Mon Nov 15, 2010 23:21 
   250,000 Children killed in Iraq-Afghan War     the Truth always adds up    Tue Nov 16, 2010 00:50 
   real world democracy     joe mcivor    Tue Nov 16, 2010 00:58 
 10   A Freeman and Mike Novak ..     opus diablos    Tue Nov 16, 2010 15:10 
 11   I said no such thing     Mike Novack    Tue Nov 16, 2010 21:34 
 12   being silly...     opus diablos    Wed Nov 17, 2010 15:41 
 13   You give us hope     Justin Morahan    Wed Nov 17, 2010 17:47 
 14   rhetoric     USA #1    Wed Dec 15, 2010 20:12 
 15   Dont worry Ireland     Earl Turner    Wed Dec 15, 2010 21:41 
 16   ta, USA and ET     opus diablos    Thu Dec 16, 2010 13:11 

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