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Drone Protestors At Hernando County Airport
Photo taken by Brian Moore

Attached is photo of group of Drone protestors at the Hernando County Aviation Corporate Park in Brooksville, Florida, on Saturday, March 23, 2013.

Attending were members of the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice, St. Pete for Peace, Libertarian Party, Green Party and concerned citizens.

Town hall meetings opposed to drones were held last week at the local Hernando County libraries, drone opposition letters have been sent to elected county, state and federal representatives, and articles in the local press

have appeared on citizen opposition.   Protestors are demonstrating against the Hernando County Aviation Authority's support of the Brooksville Airport's  application to the Federal Aviation Administration to apply for participation 
In an experimental testing of drones in six locations in the United States.

There has also been television coverage of the Hernando County events by CBS and ABC TV in Tampa on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week.

The Tampa Tribune's Hernando Today edition today, March 24, 2013, had front page and back page photos and a long article on the "No Drone" demonstration in 
Brooksville, at the Brooksville County Courthouse earlier in the day (9 AM to 3 PM).  The event was organized by Shirley and Pat Miketinac, active in Libertarian and civic circles.


Turnout small, but concerns big over drone testing in Hernand
By Barbara Behrendt, Friday, March 22, 2013 as published in the Tampa Bay Times, Hernando Edition ©2013 Tampa Bay Times

Town Hall Meeting
OCTAVIO JONES | Times
At a town hall meeting Thursday, Shirley Miketinac
explains her reservations on drone testing in Hernando
County to David Lemon, left, her husband, Pat, and
Brian Moore.

SPRING HILL — While turnout may have lagged at Brian Moore's public meeting Thursday to discuss drone testing in Hernando County, those who did participate expressed big fears about the potential project.
Chief among them was David Lemon, a pilot at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport. Lemon voiced concerns about the testing when the Hernando County Aviation Authority agreed last week to move forward in the application process, seeking to make the airport a test site.

The Federal Aviation Administration is seeking six such sites across the country, and Hernando officials are working with a drone support company, TaSM LLC, to put the county on that list.

At Thursday's meeting at the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, Lemon, a former member of the Aviation Authority, expounded on his concerns over how drone testing might affect the local community of pilots. The test sites would be used to find out how unmanned drones would fit in with general aviation activities like those conducted at the airport south of Brooksville.

Lemon wondered what would happen if it's determined that drones do not mesh with general aviation activities.

"What happens is I run into a drone and I kill myself,'' he said.

Lemon said he was worried that the authority was trying to push through a project without the public having a full discussion about its merits and potential consequences.

Moore, of the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice, said he and his group have had concerns about the use of drones overseas for some time, but the deployment of drones domestically poses questions about invasion of privacy, safety of citizens and the potential for "a financial boondoggle with the airport and the county.''

Shirley Miketinac cited information from a recent National Geographic article, which noted that drones can have issues with the signal that guides them and that some have crashed.
"Things can fail,'' Miketinac said. "We can't control it. We would be the experimental laboratory to see how to control this.''

Lemon said he feels resentment because the County Commission tends to rubber-stamp whatever the Aviation Authority recommends. While he pays for airport operations through his hangar rental, "I don't get to vote, and it just irritates me," he said.

He also said that, if drone testing is needed, it should be done in restricted airspace where there is more control, such as along the east coast of Florida — home to the Kennedy Space Center.

Moore said he was concerned about what the drones could be used for domestically, and he pointed out that, as a regular protester of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there was a time when sheriff's deputies would covertly observe his protests and take down license plate numbers to see who was participating.

"God knows what they're going to do with a drone,'' Moore said.

Miketinac said she plans to continue telling county commissioners of her concerns during Tuesday meetings, and she encouraged the other half-dozen people at the meeting to do the same. The group also decided to attend the April meeting of the Aviation Authority.

Moore plans another public meeting on drones from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library on Spring Hill Drive. An ad hoc group, including Miketinac and her husband, will sponsor an anti-drone demonstration at the old Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Moore's group will be picketing after that, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport office, off Spring Hill Drive.

Local Peace Group to Hold Two Public Meetings, March 21st & 22nd, on Brooksville Airport's Drone Test Application to FAA Asking To Be One of Six Drone Test Stations in US

Public is Invited to Discuss Pros & Cons

1)  When:  Thursday, March 21st, 12 Noon PM to 2 PM

Where:  West Hernando Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34613

[next to Withlacoochee Electric Offices; across from Race Track Gas Station, on State Road 50, Cortez Blvd.]

2)  When:   Friday, March 22nd, 2013, 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Where:  Spring Hill Branch Library,  9229 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Florida 34608  

[several miles east of Mariner Blvd. and half a mile west of Waterfall Rd, on Spring Hill Drive]


Local Peace Group to Hold 2nd Protest Against Brooksville Airport's FAA Application for Drone Test Station

Demonstration Will Be in Front of Hernando County Aviation Authority Offices at Hernando Airport Industrial Park---a quarter mile west of Brooksville airport on Spring Hill Drive, across street from Spring Hill Bible Church landmark)

When:  Saturday, March 23rd, 3 PM to 4 PM

Where:  Hernando County Aviation Authority Airport Offices, 15,800 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville, Florida 34604

(west of State Road 41, about a quarter of a mile, on Spring Hill Drive, within Hernando County Airport Industrial Park)

Spring Hill, Florida:    
The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will demonstrate next Saturday afternoon (March 23rd) against the Brooksville Airport's Application to the Federal Aviation Administration to be one of six (6) experimental drone test stations within the United States.  The demonstrations will take place one-quarter west of the airport, in front of the Hernando County Airport's Aviation Authority offices located in the Airport's Industrial Park, right off of Spring Hill Drive, about 300 feet back from the highway.  The exact address is 15,800 Flight Path Drive, Brooksville, Fl., 34604.  The location is also five miles east of Mariner Blvd. and approximately one mile east of Veterans Expressway's Spring Hill Drive exit.

Several participants in the 2011 Occupy demonstrations, Debby Heckman and her daughter and granddaughter, Dana and Marisa, joined NatureCoast Coalition members at the airport entrance last Saturday.  Two American Aviation employees asked the protestors to remove their cars from the company's private parking lot in front of the airport.  They also advised the group that the Aviation Authority's offices were located a quarter mile away at the Aviation Industrial Park.

Other Group Protest:

A collaborative anti-drone demonstration will also be held on Saturday, March 23rd, from 9 AM to 3 PM, in front of the Hernando County Courthouse, on Main Street in Brooksville.  The sign demonstration and flyer distribution is being sponsored by an ad hoc group of individuals who belong to a Hernando County Liberty group; plus, individual 9/12 members, and Libertarian Party members as well.  Shirley Miketinac is the coordinator of that event, and she and some of her colleagues plan to attend the Nature Coast Coalition's protest from 3 to 4 PM as wel; to surely make it a non-partisan protest.  Shirley's e-mail address is travelinvolks@aol.com.

Both groups also plan to attend one of the two town hall meetings at the two Spring Hill libraries this coming Thursday (noon to 2 PM, west branch) and Friday (5 to 6:30 PM, Spring Hill drive branch) that is open to the public for discussions on the presence of drones in Hernando County.  Plus, both group members plan to testify for three minutes each against the drone test station application by the Brooksville airport.  The location will be at the Hernando County Commission meeting next Tuesday, March 26th, at 9 AM, at the County Commission chambers in downtown Brooksville's County government building.


Excerpt published in Tampa Bay TimesHernando Times edition, Monday, March 18, 2013, Dan DeWitt's Column, ©2013 Tampa Bay Times

Let's toast ...

Brian Moore, Spring Hill's most persistent peace activist. He's wrong on drones, which we'll talk more about some other time. He's indulged in several vanity campaigns for office, including president. And if the United States tried to fend off space aliens trying to destroy Earth, he'd probably organize a protest against it.

But reading about the 10th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq in Sunday's Times, it reminded me of how many days that Moore and the other members of his organization, the Naturecoast Coalition for Peace & Justice, were willing to spend demonstrating against this tragic waste of money and lives.

So give him credit. He was sure right about that.


Group plans to protest potential drone testing at Brooksville airport

Written by Barbara Behrendt, Times Staff Writer
as published in the Tampa Bay Times, Hernando Times edition, Saturday, March 16, 2013, ©2013 Tampa Bay Times

BROOKSVILLE — As the Hernando County Aviation Authority members discussed bringing drone testing to the airport on Thursday, they were warned by a member of Sen. Bill Nelson's staff that there might be opposition.

Some concern was voiced at the meeting but this grew on Friday when news of the authority's action appeared in the Hernando Times.

Brian Moore and his Naturecoast Coalition for Peace and Justice announced Friday that the group would hold an anti-testing protest at the Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport today and next Saturday from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. The coalition sent a letter to Nelson urging him to drop his support of the authority's efforts.

Moore and his group started protesting American military involvement in the Middle East about a decade ago and recently began anti-drone protesting. Just last month, they held two protests over the Federal Aviation Administration's efforts to look for six test sites nationwide for drone testing.

In his news release on those protests, Moore wrote that people are growing "increasingly apprehensive" of attacks and killings by drones overseas, as well as "the ominous threat on our own soil and against our own civil liberties, privacy and physical well-being by planned actions of US civilian and military government agencies.''

That request for proposals by the FAA is what the aviation authority has responded to by issuing a letter of intent with help from Nelson's office. That is the first in a series of actions the county must take leading up to making a formal application to be a test site.

The point of the testing is to find out whether domestic drones can operate within unrestricted air space.

The application process is complex but the county reached out to a company that provides drone support internationally — TaSM. TaSM is seeking test sites in two other locations as well, officials said.

Moore contacted county Commissioner Diane Rowden early Friday to ask her why she supported the county's effort. He said in his news release that he was disturbed by her "support of such an effort and for her carefree attitude of seeing no potential problem with the drone application.''

Moore was also disappointed that Rowden thought it was a chance for the county to be involved in "cutting edge'' technology that could create jobs and for suggesting that "portions of the public who oppose such efforts are paranoid.''

Rowden said that is exactly what she told Moore.

"This is just the next step in aviation,'' she said. "It's not about invading privacy.''

She also took issue with Moore's criticism of Nelson for helping with the process. Nelson merely accepted the letter of intent and is providing the support that senators offer constituents who are navigating through complex federal project rules, Rowden said.

Gary Schraut, who chairs the aviation authority, said the group has not committed to applying. It has just put itself into position so it can apply after further research. He also wasn't surprised by the opposition.

"I would expect that there would be people who would be afraid of the unknown," Schraut said. "They might have thought that the world was flat or no one could fly or no one would ever walk on the moon.''

Moore plans two public meetings. The first is Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. at the West Hernando Branch Library; the second is Friday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Spring Hill Library.

The plan is to discuss drones and whether Hernando County should seek a test site. Additional demonstrations at the County Commission or at congressional offices will be planned after the meeting, according to Moore.


Peace Group to Protest Multiple Issues:  Iran Saber-Rattling, Patriot Act Extension Vote, US Support for Syrian Rebels and of French in Mali; and Continuing US Drone Attacks Overseas 

When:  Saturday, March 9th & 16th, 3 PM to 4 PM

Where:  Weeki Wachee Spring Park Intersection, US Highway 19 & State Road 50

Spring Hill, Florida:    
The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will demonstrate the next two Saturday afternoons against the US Senate's one-year renewal vote of the Patriot Act, continued US Gov.'t Support of Syrian rebels, Iran saber-rattling and support of French military activity in Mali.  The coalition will also include its continuing opposition to the Middle East wars and the ongoing US drone attacks overseas.

The local protests will be held the next two Saturdays, March 9th and 16th, at the Weeki Wachee Park intersection, US Highway 19 & State Road 50.  The two protests are scheduled from 3 PM to 4 PM each day.


HUGO CHAVEZ REMEMBERED FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE POOR, CHALLENGING THE ESTABLISHMENT AND FOR CONFRONTING A CORRUPT TWO-PARTY POLITICAL SYSTEM

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Spring Hill, Florida:

Former Socialist President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, who died today at the age of 58, was remembered by local socialist activist Brian Moore as "an exemplary president in Latin America who reduced the poverty level in his country from 50% down to 32% over a 12 year period."  Chavez brought improved education, housing, food and income to the lowest class of people in his country, Moore said.  He added that President Chavez even helped the poor in the United States by sending free heating oil to poor people in the inner cities and rural areas of America.

The Spring Hill, Florida resident also complimented the "Caudillo leader" for his "courage and strength of will" in confronting the established order and monied interests in the country of Venezuela.  Moore added that he "admired Hugo Chavez for his willingness to take on a long-standing corrupted two-party political system by forming his own third party" and ultimately being elected democratically to win three elections in a row over a thirteen year period.

Moore acknowledged that President Chavez had many limitations, and that in some instances ran roughshod over democratic procedures and rules, and was anti-American.  However, "Chavez had his priorities in order, by redistributing the wealth in his country's society so that the poor and even the middle class could be treated more equally and with dignity and respect than what the corrupted Venezuelan economic and social system had imposed on its citizens for decades and decades before.

Moore said Mr. Chavez was not only a role model for other Latin American leaders and its citizens, but "his democratic and just attributes should be recognized and followed by our political leaders in the United States."

Moore concluded that Chavez, while committed to the socialist economic system, was also a practicing Catholic, and demonstrated that "socialists can be true Christians, not atheists, nor hardcore communists."


"ADVOCATING A GOVERNMENT RUN NATIONAL HEALTH SYSTEM FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA"

By Jennifer Conway, in collaboration with Brian P. Moore

February, 25, 2013

The Financial Incentives for a Single Payer Healthcare System
Healthcare is one of the most pervasive political issues of the time – nearly every person will require healthcare at some point, and will certainly know or be affected by someone who does. America's healthcare system currently requires massive changes, firstly so that the citizens without coverage can access the help which they need, secondly so that American people can get much more for their dollar (both their tax dollar and their personal dollar) from a system which is currently extremely inefficient.

Why Does the USA Spend So Much?

The USA spent a national total $2.8 on healthcare in 2009, which is nearly 17% of the gross domestic product. This is the highest spending per citizen of all nations, while the USA can offer fewer beds, fewer physicians and a lower life expectancy than the OEDC average (a group of wealthy industrialised nations, such as Japan, France and the UK).
Moreover, the US system didn't cover 50 million Americans in 2009, where the British National Health Service guarantees care for everyone. Clearly people are not getting their money's worth within the current system. America spends many times what other developed nations spend on healthcare, with results that don't justify the difference.

There is a great deal of speculation over the true cause of the price difference; the answer will be complex, in that there are so many aspects to the different health care systems. Some speculate that the fact that insurance companies act as an intermediary between the customer and the healthcare provider is part of the cause. For private healthcare users in America, if healthcare costs go up because of inefficiency, the insurance company is more likely to charge their customer higher premiums than to put pressure on the healthcare company to lower their costs.

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Healthcare Insurance

Healthcare insurance is also a major outlay for businesses in America, many companies see it as their responsibility to provide health insurance for their employees, others understand the advantages which can be gained through keeping a workforce in good health and being able to compete with other companies by offering health insurance as an incentive. The balance sheets of many American businesses are under stress due to the economic problems which the nation currently faces. In the same way as companies across the country will be seeking to lower the cost of public liability insurance and auto insurance for them, so will they be looking to get the best deal on their health insurance, or even for a better system. As a result, many suggest that it would be advantageous to change the system of healthcare provision to one more similar to those used by countries of Europe, for example, where citizens pay less and where, in most cases, all people are covered.

The Alternative

The financial burden of the current healthcare system means that Single-Payer Healthcare is a promising means of ensuring that all Americans can access good healthcare without the astronomic prices which are associated with the current system. Single-Payer Healthcare would mean that care (rather than being funded privately and delivered through insurance) would be funded by taxation and charges, and would be available to all citizens.

A simplification and a move to a system more like that used by Canada or the UK (where the government pays most costs) should mean that no citizens will be unable to access good healthcare, while people and businesses will be left with more money in their pocket. It should be possible to fund such a system through charges on individuals and employers, using the money to contract medical care from non-profit companies – allowing patients to choose their healthcare provider while saving funds.
In addition, there are huge potential savings in administrative costs within the US system. For example, France spends $300 per person each year on administration, where the American figure is $900 – clearly the comparison isn't exact, but it shouldn't cost three times as much to administer the American system than the French one. There are numerous innovations which healthcare providers can use to cut down on this waste, such as the prescription system in Sweden, in which, rather than giving the patients a paper prescriptions, the prescription will be sent directly to the pharmacy electronically.

Overall, the American healthcare system can potentially provide a superb level of care to all its citizens. The US is a great medical innovator, having pioneered brand new cancer treatments, for example. Citizens deserve a system which can realize the potential of US healthcare professionals and scientists, allowing this care and innovation to reach more people for a smaller price. People are right always to want the best possible deal for their cash, so should the government in creating the very best system. 


NATURECOAST COALITION FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE (WestCentral Florida)

INCREASING US MILITARY ACTIONS IN AFRICA; CONTINUING WARS IN IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN & PAKISTAN; AND CALLS TO LIMIT WAR PRESIDENCY AND OBAMA'S SECRET DRONE ATTACKS

Demonstration to Include Advocating for Limiting US Civilian Guns and Ammunition    

When:  Saturday, January 26th, 3 PM to 4 PM

Where:  Weeki Wachee Spring Park Intersection, U.S. Highway 19 & State Road 50

Spring Hill, Florida
The United States has been increasing its military involvement in Africa under the Obama Administration and now has a United States General in charge of its "Africom" region as it sends troops, ammunition and secret drones this week into Mali, Algeria and Yemen.  The other African nations that include increased American involvement are:  Ethiopia, Liberia, Somalia, Djibouti, Burundi, Uganda, South Sudan, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo, among others. 

The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will be conducting antiwar demonstrations this coming Saturday, January 26th, at the Weeki Wachee Park intersection, U.S. Highway 19 & State Road 50.  The protests will be scheduled at a new time:  from 3 PM to 4 PM.

In addition to its protests of the newly inaugurated war presidency, Barack Obama, and his increase in hidden drone attacks, the peace group will also continue its demonstrations against the ongoing middle east wars, with no end in sight, despite the president's declarations and cantations that "America is ending its wars and pulling out of the middle east (sic)."

The coalition will also include this week a new element of protest by its inclusion of advocating for stricter gun controls and on limiting the quantity of ammunition allowed citizens as well.  They hope to hold President Obama  to his words about gun reform.


LA Progressives

Mr. Obama, You’re No Socialist

By 

brian patrick moore“One of the strangest—and for me, most annoying—perversions of politics in the Obama era is the meme pursued by so many on the right suggesting that this president is a raging socialist who seeks to install a permanent welfare state in America—despite all evidence to the contrary,” Rick Ungar recently wrote on the Forbes Internet website,.

He added, “If Barack Obama is indeed a socialist, he must be the absolute worst socialist in recorded history.”

Brian Patrick Moore agrees. Rather, he insists the president is not a socialist at all.

Said Moore : “Obama’s policies and actions during the entire four years of his presidency are based on his total embrace of capitalism and protecting America ‘s capitalistic economic system.”

If it really does “take one to know one,” Moore is “one.” He is a socialist and proud of it. The 69-year-old Floridian was the Socialist Party USA’s nominee for president in 2008.

Moore chose not to toss his hat in the ring for the White House in 2012, but not because the president won him over. Moore endorsed comedian Roseanne Barr, who ran as the candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party, a socialist party based in California , according to Moore who said he helped get her name on the ballot in Florida .

“Obama was Bush III during his first administration’s presidency, and will now start and implement his second administration along the lines of Bush IV,” Moore said.

“President Obama acts and speaks like a Republican, empowering the capitalist system, the business sector and the free enterprise system.”

Unger is one of the few newshounds who has taken time to dispute the common claim of Republicans, especially those who tilt toward the tea party, that Obama is a socialist.

Moore said he is happy to help set the record straight, too. He has a website left over from his presidential bid. It includes a phone number (352) 686-9936 and email address, campaign@votebrianmoore.com.

Anyway, Moore got his 15 minutes of fame in ’08 after the GOP started pinning the “socialist” tag on Obama. A few journalists and TV talking heads sought Moore out for the Real McCoy socialist perspective.

Moore went on CNN, C-SPAN and Colbert Nation. He was even a guest on Republican-friendly Neil Cavuto’s Fox News show several times.

On the ballot in just eight states, though eligible for write-in votes in 23 other states, he collected 6,528 votes, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Moore did better at the ballot box in 2010, when he ran for governor of the Sunshine State in the Democratic primary. He lost to Alex Sink, who lost to Republican Rick Scott. But Moore managed 201,705 votes, or a tad more than 23 percent of the total, say records in the Florida secretary of state’s office.

Moore, who lives in Spring Hill , Flordia, is still happy to talk to reporters and he doesn’t pull punches.

For example, he said the Affordable Health Care Act, which conservatives claim is uber-socialism, is just more capitalism.

“The president’s health care law will add 36 million new American customers to the health insurance industry, nationwide hospitals and HMO’s and will lead to a huge increase in new business for the large pharmaceutical companies as well.

“This is empowering the private capitalistic sector, with little if any government controls. If anything, Mr. Obama has reinforced the broken health care system, and economically empowered the private capitalist health sector for years to come. This is being a blatant capitalist, not a socialist.”

There’s more from Moore: “Obama’s support for the Bush tax exemptions, plus his bailout of the banking and automobile industries in 2008, and the fact that he, as a presidential candidate, took in over $1 billion in 2012 campaign contributions from large American corporations, interest groups and labor unions, along with millions of dollars from Wall Street banks and financial institutions proves he is still enslaved by the capitalist system, and dependent on its money for his political victory and survival.”

He added, “Most importantly, President Obama also continued his extension of the Patriot Act, the Military Tribunal Law, the National Defense Authorization Act and other legislative laws that have effectively endorsed war without end, deprived American citizens of their constitutional rights and freedoms and makes indefinite military detention of American citizens, without charge or trial, a permanent feature of the American legal system. President Obama is embracing practices contrary to the basic tenets of any constitutional democracy.”

Moore also lambasted Obama’s “foreign policies of ongoing wars and unmanned drone bombings in the Middle East, his ongoing support of Israel and his threats and saber-rattling toward Iran , Afghanistan , Pakistan and Syria .” All, according to Moore , “are graphic examples of his ongoing war-mongering, support and perpetuation of the American arms industry and of empowering the United States ‘ Defense Department, thus assuring his ongoing support of the capitalistic, war-making economic system.”

Berry CraigDoubtless, the president and his supporters would hotly deny Moore ’s charges if they knew about them.

And while conservatives will likely continue to brand Obama a “socialist,” Moore will keep on dropping “f” bombs on the president — okay, not that “f” bomb.

“Obama’s actions are not only not socialistic, they are also undemocratic, bordering on blatant fascism,” maintained Moore.

Berry Craig

Friday, 11 January 2013

 


LOCAL PROTESTS CONTINUE OVER AMERICAN DRONE KILLINGS OF CIVILIANS; SYRIAN CIVIL WAR DEATHS TOP 60,000; OBAMA'S WARS AND HIS CONTINUED SUPPORT FOR INDEFINITE DETENTION, ANYWHERE---WITHOUT CHARGE OR TRIAL

Demonstrations Motivated by Obama's Nomination of John Brennan for CIA Director; Congressional Opposition to Sen. Hagel for Defense Secretary; and Sec. Panetta's Threat of Sending American Military into Syria

When:  Saturday, January 12th, 10 AM to 11:00

Where:  Weeki Wachee Spring Park Intersection, U.S. Highway 19 & State Road 50

Spring Hill, Florida:

The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will be conducting antiwar demonstrations for the next two Saturdays, January 5th and 12th, at the Weeki Wachee Park intersection, U.S. Highway 19 & State Road 50, in opposition to four principal activities involving the United States government and the Obama Administration:  

One, the ongoing killing of civilians (and even American citizens) by American drone bombers (unmanned) in the Middle East (Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan) and also in multiple African nations (Yemen, Ethiopia, Liberia, Somalia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti).   Yemen and other African countries are hiding the fact that civilians are being killed by US drones.

Two, the 60,000 Syrian civilian deaths so far in an unending civil war where neither side has the quality of leadership nor ethical commitment to enhance the lives of the majority of the Syrian citizens.  The United States is involved indirectly in funding weapons; however, it is selective in its help to some insurgents, for self-interest economic and corporate reasons, and not for the benefit of the majority of the country's citizens.

Three, the local peace group will also continue its' opposition to the ongoing Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wars; especially since the US is expected to maintain a large clandestine presence there long after the planned departure of conventional US troops occurs in 2014.  

A fourth area of criticism by the peace group is of the Obama Administration's ongoing support for "indefinite detention," at home and abroad, of so-called "suspects,"---both American citizens and foreigners, without legally charging such individuals, or providing them due process or even access to a fair judicial procedure or trial.   The protests will be from 10 AM to 11 AM on successive Saturday mornings. Some protest signs carried at recent protests by the St.Pete For Peace and NatureCoast groups, were as follows:

Drones:  The Weapon of Today's Terrorists
Hands off Iran and Syria
Obama's Drones Kill Americans, too!
Drones Create Enemies
Indefinite Detention Infringes Freedom of Speech
When Drones Fly, Innocent People Die
Real Heroes Resist War
Obama's Drones Kill, kill---Even More than Bush Did!
Indefinite detention at Home and Abroad is Un-Democratic

Drones Cannot Hear the Groans of Families
Drones are for Weenies
American Military's Gutless Use of Drones
Drones are Now Over the USA
Drones Spy in the USA!
Biggest manufacturers of drones in order of production:  Israel, China, USA


OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S CONTINUED USE OF AMERICAN SURVEILLANCE DRONES OVER IRAN AIRSPACE FOCUS OF NEW PROTEST

Local Hernando County Airport Symbolic Site of Peace Demonstration Because of Military Reconnaissance History; Plus, National Guard, Civil Patrol, Sheriff Dept. Aerial Activity

When:  Saturday, Nov. 17th, 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Spring Hill, Florida:

A joint civil-military airfield in Hernando County will be the site of a peace group's anti-U.S. drone demonstration next week, on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 AM to 11:300 AM.

The group's planned drone protest will be in response to the Obama Administration's recent flyover of Iran's airspace by unmanned US drones, which became targets of Iran's air force attacks to counter the airspace invasion.  American officials claim the drone was over international waters, 16 miles from shore.

The peace group, called NatureCoast Coalition for Peace & Justice, chose the local Brooksville/Spring Hill airport because of its symbolic value of being a civil and military airfield, with a long history of military training since World War II.  Brian Moore, coordinator of the peace group, indicated that a Wikipedia and US Army Corps histories of the airfield said the field was also used in WWII for reconnaissance aircraft, which is now being used in a more sophisticated way with highly technical drones.  Following is a statement on such activities by one of the two histories: 

"The Brooksville airfield developed tactics and techniques of aerial warfare… to establish technical and tactical proficiency requirements for combat units to effectively engage and defeat enemy air forces. This was done with a wide variety of aircraft, including heavy strategic bombers, tactical fighters, medium and light bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and dive bombers, based at different airfields of the school."  

Moore said that the local airfield's use of reconnaissance aircraft historically has great significance because of our government's increasing use of the new highly technical instrument called "Drones."  Peace groups contend that the drones have caused a backlash in the middle east, increasing anger of muslims toward America; and was even responsible for the recent killings of the American ambassador and three other Americans at the embassy grounds in Benghazi, Libya.

These drones are unmanned, and can be used for surveillance and for firing highly sophisticated missiles at small objects on the ground many miles away.  Last December, a US RQ-170 Sentinel drone equipped with stealth technology was captured in eastern Iran.  US officials initially would say that such a drone "was lost near the Afghan-Iran border."  The American officials eventually confirmed or admitted that the plane was monitoring Iran inside the country.

The Obama Administration has authorized over 375 deadly drone bombings (of both suspected terrorists, including American citizen assassinations, resulting many times in killing innocent civilians) in a growing list of Middle East and African countries.   The 375 bombings, compared to a total of 50 drone attacks conducted by former president George W. Bush's Administration. Moore stated that "Such bellicose activity indicates a total lack of moral responsibility exhibited by this president."

Some protest signs carried at the recent Medea Benjamin talk (of Code Pink) in St. Petersburg, made by St. Pete for Peace sponsors, and Code Pink members, as well as recent drone protests in September by the NatureCoast group, were as follows:

Drones:  The Weapon of Today's Terrorists
Obama's Drones Kill Americans, too!
Drones Create Enemies
When Drones Fly, Innocent People Die
Real Heroes Resist War
Obama's Drones Kill, kill---Even More than Bush Did!
Drones Cannot Hear the Groans of Families
Drones are for Weenies

Drones are Gutless
Drones are Now Over the USA Drones are Here Surveying US!

History of Hernando County Airfield:

The Brooksville Army Airfield
Hernando County Airport, like many general aviation airports of its genre,' is a former WWII military airfield. The War Department constructed a complete operational training facility at the site at the start of WWII. The project consisted of runways, taxiways, aprons, roads, utility systems, and about 150 buildings and structures. The Brooksville Army Air Field was used as an auxiliary airfield of MacDill Field and Drew Field for training pilots and ground crews during the war. Operations at this field began in November 1942 with the arrival of the 1st Bomb Squadron. The 9th Bombardment Group used the airport for training on B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberators. The bomber crews from Brooksville regularly made practice runs to Avon Park and Osprey Bombing Ranges.

Army National Guard

Since 2000, the Hernando County Airport has been a joint civil-military airfield, home to the Florida Army National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility #2 and the 171st Aviation Battalion (171 AVN BN), which relocated from their previous facility at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport, occupying newly constructed facilities adjacent to an existing Florida Army National Guard Armory housing the 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces. The 171 AVN BN flies UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and C-23 Sherpa fixed-wing cargo aircraft.[7]
The site is still owned by Hernando County except for two small parcels sold to private interests. The remaining acreage is currently used by the county for an airport, industrial park, prison, land rentals and tree farming. (source: US Army Corps of Engineers)

From Wikipedia History:

ernando County Airport was opened in November 1942 by the United States Army Air Forces. Known as Brooksville Army Airfield, it was used as part of the Air University's Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics (AAFSAT) tactical combat simulation school in Central and Northern Florida.

Headquartered at Orlando Army Air Base, AAFSAT's mission was to develop tactics and techniques of aerial warfare and to establish technical and tactical proficiency requirements for combat units to effectively engage and defeat enemy air forces. This was done with a wide variety of aircraft, including heavy strategic bombers, tactical fighters, medium and light bombers, reconnaissance aircraft and dive bombers, based at different airfields of the school.

AAFSAT used Brooksville as a heavy and medium bomber training base, assigning the following squadrons to the airfield:



Aerial view of Brooksville Army Airfield in 1944.

In March 1944, Brooksville was reassigned to Third Air Force and it became an auxiliary airfield of MacDill Army Airfield (now MacDill AFB) and Drew Army Airfield (now Tampa International Airport). The airfield came under the jurisdiction of the 377th Army Air Forces Base Unit, Squadron "A" becoming the operational unit. Under Third Air Force, Brooksville became a B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber replacement training base. Bomber crews assigned to the main base used the airfield as an overflow training base, and as an emergency landing airfield if necessary.

With the imminent end of the war in Europe, on 1 April 1945, Brooksville was notified of it's pending inactivation on 30 June. With B-17s being used almost exclusively in Europe, the need for replacement personnel by Eighth and Fifteenth Air Force was ended.


Uncovered Politics

‘It’s Still the Economy, Stupid’ — Ex-Socialist Candidate Endorses Roseanne Barr’s White House Bid

By Darcy G. Richardson on October 25, 2012

Former presidential candidate and longtime political activist Brian P. Moore has endorsed comedienne Roseanne Barr for President. Moore, who is serving as one of Barr’s 29 presidential electors in Florida, was the Socialist Party USA’s presidential candidate in 2008.

The 69-year-old Moore, who once studied in a Franciscan seminary before joining the Peace Corps in 1969 and spending three years working among the indigent inhabitants of Latin America, announced his support for the former sitcom star and her vice-presidential running mate, Cindy Sheehan, on Wednesday.

In declaring his support for the Peace & Freedom Party’s national ticket, the outspoken political gadfly urged his fellow Floridians “to send a strong message to the two Wall Street-dominated, warmongering parties that have destroyed the global economy while allowing the affluent and their corporations to turn the United States into a nation of wage and debt slaves.”

Barr and Sheehan, an antiwar activist whose son Casey was tragically killed in Iraq in 2004, are on the ballot in California, Colorado and Florida — the latter two of which are hotly-contested “battleground” states — and are waging a write-in campaign in more than two dozen other states.

A fixture in Florida politics for the past decade, Moore predicted an unexpectedly large showing for the Barr-Sheehan ticket in the Sunshine State on November 6th and said that he wasn’t worried that the Peace & Freedom Party’s ticket could potentially play the role of spoiler, a la consumer advocate Ralph Nader a dozen years ago.

Though it’s not his way of saying things — he’s far too polite to phrase things that way — Moore would undoubtedly agree with James Carville’s famous line during the 1992 campaign: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

Moore, like Barr, worries about folks living from paycheck to paycheck.  He worries even more for those without any paycheck at all.

He worries far less about what others may say about him, especially Democrats concerned about keeping the White House at all costs.  He could care less about partisan politics and meaningless cries of “hope and change.”  Given a choice between two Wall Street scarlets — a pump-and-dump takeover financier pitted against an astoundingly inexperienced yet ambitiously popular politician who greedily took $37.6 million from the financial sector in his furious climb to the White House —  there’s really nothing to spoil.

Even when refrigerated, cabbage spoils in about four or five months — and both Romney and Obama have been at this for much longer than that, jokes Moore.

Like Roseanne Barr and Cindy Sheehan, he knows the reins of powers are slowly, sadly, slipping away from the citizenry.  The 2010 Citizens United decision, allowing corporations and wealthy individuals to dominate the country’s political dialogue, will make sure of that.

Moore, nevertheless, is willing to be a spoiler.  In fact, he believes this might be the perfect time to throw a monkey-wrench into the thoroughly corrupt electoral process.

He’s calling for a citizen revolt at the ballot box.

“Ms. Barr certainly has the potential to be a spoiler and to disrupt the outcome of the 2012 presidential election,” said Moore, adding that such an outcome wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

“Over the past five years, the two major parties and their deep-pocketed sponsors on Wall Street have disrupted the lives of millions of ordinary Americans,” he said.  The Democratic and Republican campaigns, he contends, are being largely underwritten by Corporate America.

“There’s a lot of anger and discontent out there,” he says.  “President Obama has done little for struggling working-class and middle-income Americans.  This economy isn’t working for them.”

He thinks that Roseanne — one of the first nationally-recognized figures to personally address the Occupy movement in the autumn of 2011— can harness that anger, even if it means that voters in most states will have to take a pen or pencil with them when they enter the voting booth.

“If fifty-six men, risking their lives against the British monarchy, used a quill pen to sign the Declaration of Independence over a five-month period in 1776, there’s no reason why 56 million Americans can’t take a BIC pen or a #2 pencil with them to the polls on November 6th to preserve those ideals,” said Moore.  “It could be a bloodless Revolution.  Short and sweet.”

Citing the Federal Reserve’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances, published this past June, the Spring Hill activist said that American households have lost a median 39% of their total wealth between 2007 and 2010 — a period in which the assets and profits of the nation’s twenty largest banks returned to their pre-crash 2007 levels.

The current financial crisis and its “make believe, fairy tale recovery,” Moore continued, has wiped out nearly two decades of gains for the median U.S. household, dropping total family assets from $126,400 in 2007 to barely $77,300 in 2010.

“As much as President Obama wants to believe otherwise, there’s no Hans Christian Andersen writing this script,” quipped the scrappy Florida socialist.

“While the values of their homes, savings and retirement accounts have plunged, household debt as a share of middle-income assets rose from 14.8% to 16.4% during that same three-year period,” said Moore.

Barr is on the ballot in California, Colorado and Florida and is a write-in candidate in more than two dozen other states.

“The American people are hurting, and they’re hurting badly,” asserted Moore, who polled more than 200,000 votes in an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida two years ago.

“Roseanne Barr has the ability to shake things up.  There’s no other candidate for the presidency with the courage to say the kinds of things she does,” Moore told Uncovered Politics.  “People remember what she says.  They truly identify with her.”

In a display of her uniquely acerbic wit, Barr once joked about bringing back the guillotine for the “worst of the worse of the guilty” on Wall Street — those responsible for plunging the country into the worst recession since the Great Depression.

It was Roseanne at her best.

Maintaining that the 2012 presidential election will be decided on pocketbook issues, the former Socialist candidate for President pointed to Florida’s 8.7 percent unemployment rate — well above the national 7.8 percent jobless rate — as evidence of President Obama’s failure to usher in a real recovery.   The state gained a meager 800 jobs in September while more than 808,000 Floridians remain officially out of work.

Gov. Rick Scott’s bluster notwithstanding, several rural and sparsely-populated counties in the state continue to experience double-digit unemployment numbers, rates not seen since the Hoover administration in the late 1920s and early 1930s.

Moreover, the Bureau of Labor’s U-6 figures, a more accurate picture of joblessness which includes part-time workers unable to find full-time employment, places the number of unemployed and under-employed workers in Florida at a considerably higher number.

There is no economic recovery.

“Chronic unemployment, coupled with widespread underemployment and abject hopelessness isn’t the kind of future America voted for four years ago,” says Moore.  “Sadly, as much as we all hoped he would succeed, President Obama doesn’t have the slightest inkling of what it takes to turn our economy around.”  Obama, he said, should have studied FDR’s New Deal before assuming the presidency.

“It would have helped if he and his advisers had understood Franklin Roosevelt’s administration” said Moore.

He’s right.  History is important.

“While doing great damage to the country’s middle-class, Wall Street’s recklessness has utterly devastated working-class and poor Floridians, the most vulnerable of our citizens,” said Moore, adding that President Obama has done little to turn things around for ordinary citizens.

“Aided by the Fed’s generous monetary policies aimed exclusively at benefiting the world’s financial markets, President Obama wittingly propped up the Zombie banks here and in Europe during his first term while planning a penurious future of austerity for already suffering working-class and low-income Americans in his second term,” said the one-time presidential aspirant.

“If there was ever a time for a powerful and poignant protest vote, it is now,” Moore concluded.

Like John Hancock — the most flamboyant signatory of America’s founding document — the former Socialist candidate is hoping that voters outside of California, Colorado and Florida will carry a pen or pencil with them as they enter the voting booth.

“Roseanne is the Revolution,” says Moore, the catalyst for change in our deeply flawed, corporate-dominated political system that promises to become even more selfish and soul-less with every passing election cycle as a result of the misguided 2010 Citizens United ruling taking the country back to the “Gilded Age” when the super-wealthy and corporations reigned supreme in American politics.  J.P. Morgan would be proud.

It’s time to take a stand for America’s better self.  It might be our last chance.

 


Former Socialist Candidate Endorses Roseanne Barr for President!

 
SPRING HILL, FL - Former presidential candidate and longtime political activist Brian P. Moore has endorsed comedienne Roseanne Barr for President.  Moore, who is serving as one of Barr’s 29 presidential electors in Florida, was the Socialist Party USA’s presidential candidate in 2008.

The 69-year-old Moore announced his support for the former sitcom star and her vice-presidential running mate, Cindy Sheehan, on Wednesday.

In declaring his support for the Peace & Freedom Party’s national ticket, the outspoken political gadfly urged his fellow Floridians “to send a strong message to the two Wall Street-dominated, warmongering parties that have destroyed the global economy while allowing the affluent to turn the United States into a nation of wage and debt slaves.”

Barr and Sheehan, an antiwar activist whose son Casey was tragically killed in Iraq in 2004, are on the ballot in California, Colorado and Florida — the latter two of which are hotly-contested “battleground” states — and are waging a write-in campaign in more than two dozen other states.

A fixture in Florida politics for the past decade, Moore predicted an unexpectedly large vote for the Barr-Sheehan ticket in the Sunshine State and said that he wasn’t worried that the Peace & Freedom Party’s ticket could potentially play the role of spoiler, a la consumer advocate Ralph Nader a dozen years ago.

“Ms. Barr certainly has the potential to be a spoiler and to disrupt the outcome of the 2012 presidential election,” said Moore, adding that such an outcome wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing. “Over the past five years, the two major parties and their sponsors on Wall Street have disrupted the lives of millions of ordinary Americans,” he said. “Turnabout is fair play. President Obama has done little for struggling working-class Americans.”

Citing the Federal Reserve’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances, published this past June, the Spring Hill activist said that American households have lost a median 39% of their total wealth between 2007 and 2010 — a period in which the assets and profits of the nation’s twenty largest banks returned to their pre-crash 2007 levels.

The current financial crisis, Moore continued, has wiped out nearly two decades of gains for the median U.S. household, dropping total family assets from $126,400 in 2007 to barely $77,300 in 2010.

“While the values of their homes, savings and retirement accounts have plunged, household debt as a share of middle-income assets rose from 14.8% to 16.4% during that same three-year period,” said Moore.

“The American people are hurting, and they’re hurting badly,” asserted Moore, who polled more than 200,000 votes in an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination for governor of Florida two years ago.

“While doing great damage to the country’s middle-class, Wall Street’s recklessness has devastated working-class and poor Floridians, the most vulnerable of our citizens,” said Moore. “If there was ever a time for a powerful and poignant protest vote it is now.”

 


Protest at Obama fundraiser in Tampa, Sept. 20
Brian Moore Protesting

A handful of people showed up to protest the President Obama fundraiser ($20,000 per person) in Tampa on Sept. 20.  Although we only had a couple hours to get the word out, and Obama's appearance was moved up, it was still successful.  Brian Moore from NatureCoast Coalition of Peace and Justice deserves recognition for making the trek all the way from Spring Hill for the protest. You can visit http://stpeteforpeace.org for a couple photos.

Local Protest of Obama and Democrats Turns Ugly at Mall Offices
From NATURECOAST COALITION FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE
Spring Hill, Florida, Wednesday, September 19, 2012
A "Cash for Gold" goon told anti-Obama/anti-drone demonstrator, Brian Moore, that even though he agreed with the demonstrator's anti-Obama and anti-drone signs, if he did not leave from the Mariner Blvd. sidewalk in front of the small business mall where his "Cash for Gold" store was located "I will Knock your block off and kick your ass!."   Moore told the six foot, 200 pound individual that "He was not intimidated by the physical threats!"

The confrontation escalated with the Mall Manager indicating she had already called the sheriff's office who, she said, they said, the protestors had to leave.  When Moore refused, claiming he had a right to be there legally, the mall owner, who identified himself as John Pastore, a local construction company builder, and owner of the mall, appeared and said that even though he was a Republican and agreed with Moore's anti-Obama signs, the  demonstration was being held on private  property and "They had to leave."   Moore again held his ground, and just then a Hernando County Sheriff Deputy, officer L. Dean, arrived in his patrol car to intervene in the confrontation.  Officer Dean indicated that the demonstrator had to remove his blue sedan car from the parking lot, but had every right to demonstrate on the public sidewalk and to retain the 15 or 20  anti-Obama, anti-drone, anti-war signs in the public easement part of the grassy knoll between the sidewalk and the parking lot.  The managers left the scene, and the demonstration continued for an additional hour as several hundred more cars passed by the public protest.

None of the Democratic Party workers, in either the Deltona Blvd. county headquarters, nor the Obama campaign workers, whose office is located in the rear of the small Mariner Blvd. mall, showed themselves at the two hour-long demonstrations, other than to wave as they drove in and out of the two separate headquarters.

The local Spring Hill demonstrations were organized in response to the Obama Administration's recent emergency response to the U.S. Embassy killings in Libya, by the ordering of drones to fly over the country and the president's sending US Marines, Special Forces and American warships, with Tomahawk missiles, to the Libyan coast.  VIDEO: Anti-War Group Protesting US Drones as Main Cause of Anti-American Fury in Middle East, Africa, & Asia.


Upcoming University of Florida "Great Debate" On Capitalism vs. Socialism Reflects 2012 Presidential Campaign's False Dichotomy of Labels 

Spring Hill, Florida, Wednesday, October 10, 2012:  

A spirited debate on "Capitalism vs. Socialism:  Which is the Moral System?" will be held at the University of Florida's Reitz Union (Room 286) in Gainesville, Florida, on Friday, October 12th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.    

Internationally known Thomas Palmer of the CATO Institute and 2008 Socialist Party USA Presidential candidate Brian P. Moore, will be the two invited participants representing the dichotomy of thought in the debate.    

The event is being sponsored by the John Locke Initiative, representing seven or eight University of Florida academic departments, which have invited a variety of student organizations (i.e., Law School Republicans, the College Democrats, New Students for a Democratic Society, College Libertarians, and the Civic Media Center).

The two speakers will concentrate their comments and challenges of each other on the two opposing economic systems, and to their respective political and social merits.   Socialist Moore contends that "the comparison will not be lost on the audience" since they will also be able to compare the technical applications of capitalism and socialism to the two major party candidates presently running for president.   The audience will "easily determine" whether the major party presidential candidates' philosophies and respective platforms "will either mirror or be exposed as fake" to the real applications of the two systems, the former presidential candidate stated.

Moore, who resides in west-central Florida, near Tampa Bay, hopes to convince CATO Institute's Tom Palmer that the criticisms of Obama as a socialist by Mitt Romney and his fellow conservatives and Republicans, "will be demonstrated as laughable, if not ludicrous," by Moore's explanation of socialism   In turn, the socialist states that both Republican Mitt Romney and Democratic President Barack Obama will be clearly seen as pure capitalists, "participating in a morally bankrupt system that has brought devastation and economic collapse to the United States and to the world."  

Moore concludes, therefore, that there is "no moral choice" in the 2012 campaign when only selecting from the two major party candidates.


PROTESTING US DRONES AS MAIN CAUSE OF ANTI-AMERICAN FURY IN MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA & ASIA

Local Demonstrations Planned In Front of Hernando Democratic Party and Obama Re-election Headquarters in Spring Hill
When:  Wednesday, Sept. 19th, Democratic Party Offices and Obama HQ's, Spring Hill, 12 Noon & 1:15 PM Respectively
Thursday, Sept. 20, Obama Three Million-Dollar Fundraiser, Tampa, Lisa DeBartolo/Don Miggs Home

NEWS RELEASE

Effective Immediately, Friday, September 14, 2012
Contact: Brian Moore

Spring Hill, Florida, Friday, September 14, 2012:

In response to the Obama Administration's ordering of drones to fly over the country of Libya and his ordering of US Marines and Special forces and warships with Tomahawk missiles to the Libyan coast, the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will increase its ongoing anti-war and anti-drone demonstrations next week in front of the local Hernando County Democratic Headquarters and the Obama Re-election offices, both in Spring Hill, on Wednesday, September 19th, from 12 noon to 12:45 PM and from 1:15 PM to 2:00 PM, respectively.

In addition, the Coalition plans to join other anti-war groups in Tampa on the following day, Thursday, September 20th, at or near the residence of a planned Obama three million dollar fundraising event.  This Tampa event will occur if the group is able to determine the event's time and the address of Lisa DeBartolo and Don Miggs, two prominent Democrats who have invited 50 select people, to donate $75,000 per person, to meet and take pictures with President Obama.

President Obama is adding fuel to the fire in Libya in response to the mainstream media's putting the blame of Islamic rioting on an anti-Islamic film made in America, when we all know that the real reasons involve our country's use of deadly drones and the killing of innocent Middle East civilians, our nation's invasions and military occupations of sovereign countries without congressional or constitutional approval and our ongoing support of repressive regimes and outright dictators such as Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, King Abdullah I of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Saddam Hussein of Iraq, The Shah of Iran, and on and on.  

Even the United States government's support of violent extremists and insurgents in Libya and in Syria, along with the US being on the same side as Al Qaeda who is calling on all Muslims to back the rebels in Syria to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.  

These actions above are now one of the chief causes of "blowback" and "fury" on the part of innocent Muslims. The Obama Administration has authorized over 300 deadly drone bombings (of both suspected terrorists, including American citizens, resulting many times in killing innocent civilians) in a growing list of Middle East and African countries.   The 300 bombings, compared to a total of 50 drone attacks conducted by the George W. Bush Administration, indicate the total lack of moral responsibility exhibited by this president.

The Democratic headquarters in Spring Hill is located at 3430 Deltona Blvd., one block from the main US Post office; and the Obama HQ's is located at 5170 Mariner Blvd., also in Spring Hill, several blocks north of St. Francis Catholic Church.  Both 45-minute demonstrations will begin successively at 12 noon and 1:15 PM respectively in each location.  Only 4 miles separate the two local offices.

Some of the protest signs carried at the recent Medea Benjamin talk in St. Petersburg, made by St. Pete for Peace sponsors, and Code Pink members, were as follows:

Drones:  The Weapon of Today's Terrorists
Obama's Drones Kill Americans, too!
Drones Create Enemies
When Drones Fly, Innocent People Die
Real Heroes Resist War
Obama's Drones Kill, kill---Even More than Bush Did!
Drones Cannot Hear the Groans of Families
Drones are for Weenies


To: Electronic Frontier Foundation:

Medea Benjamin gave a talk on drones several weeks ago in St. Petersburg, Florida, prior to the start of the Republican National Convention in nearby Tampa.  The talk by Ms. Benjamin was sponsored by the St. Pete for Peace group and we in the audience were encouraged by Ms. Benjamin to contact our local police and sheriff's office to inquire of its local department's interest in the use of drones; and to pass on any response to your offices.  

Below is our new Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis's immediate responses on his blackberry to our questions on drones, which we hope you will be pleased to read. 

Our antiwar peace group was the object of the same local Hernando County Sheriff's department's covert surveillance in 2003 (under then Sheriff Ric Nugent, who is presently our US Congressman).  Under the Freedom of Information Act, and with the encouragement of the local Florida ACLU,  we discovered over 400 photos, videos and type-written reports on us anti-Iraq war demonstrators during the height of America's  invasion of Iraq under Republican President George W. Bush and the Democratic majority held US Congress.

Keep up the good work on protecting our civil liberties,

Brian P. Moore
NatureCoast Coalition of Peace and Justice
Hernando/Pasco/Citrus Counties in WestCentral Florida
Spring Hill, Florida 34606
Tel: 352-686-9936

 

To:  Sheriff Nienhuis:

That was quick.  

Thank you for your clear responses.  I am with the NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice, and we regularly demonstrate [against wars] on many Saturday mornings on the corner of US Highway 19 and State Road 50 (Cortez Blvd.) in front of the CVS drug store [across the street from the Weeki Wachee Springs Park].

We appreciate your department's respecting our rights to  free speech that have been demonstrated over the past ten years (2002 to 2012).  

You are welcome to join us, should you personally be tired of the endless Middle East wars.

Respectfully,

Brian Moore

From: Sheriff Al Nienhuis <anienhuis@hernandosheriff.org>
Date: Friday, September 14, 2012 12:17 PM
To: Brian Moore <brianmor@tampabay.rr.com>
Subject: Re: Hernando County's Involvement With Drones?

The answers to your first three questions are:

1) no,

2) no specifixc plans and

3) no.

Thank you for voicing your opinion.




-------------------------- 
Sent using BlackBerry 


From: Brian P. Moore <brianmor@tampabay.rr.com
To: Nienhuis, Al 
Cc: brian p. moore <brianmor@tampabay.rr.com
Sent: Fri Sep 14 12:05:57 2012
Subject: Hernando County's Involvement With Drones? 

 

Dear Sheriff Nienhuis:

Does the department currently have or have access to an unmanned aerial vehicle (a "drone")?

Does the department have specific plans to obtain a drone?

Has the Hernando County Sheriff's  Department  sought external funding (like from Homeland Security) for the purchase of a drone?

I wish to register my opposition to Hernando County Sheriff's office obtaining and using drones.

Thank you,

Brian P. Moore
Spring Hill, Fl. 34606

Tel: 352-686-9936


Ballot Access News

Wednesday, August 29, 2012
San Francisco, CA

August 29th, 2012

On August 29, the three Iowa officials charged with adjudicating the challenge to the Libertarian Party’s ballot placement voted 3-0 to keep the Libertarian Party presidential ticket on the ballot. The three officials were the Secretary of State, the Auditor, and the Attorney General.
Defying conventional expectation, Matt Schultz, the Republican Secretary of State, spoke out most forcefully in defense of the Gary Johnson ballot position. And the Democratic Attorney General, Tom Miller, at first was most in favor of removing Johnson from the ballot. However, in the end, Miller agreed with Schultz. The Iowa election code does not describe or even define “convention” in the section relating to unqualified party ballot access. Schultz also pointed out that Iowa permitted Brian Moore, the 2008 Socialist Party presidential nominee, to get on the ballot using an open-air convention at which passers-by were permitted to sign the roster.
Here is a brief news story. UPDATE: here is the formal decision. Thanks to Alicia Dearn for the link to the decision.

Second source of same article:

http://thirdpartypolitics.us/blog/2012/08/29/gary-johnson-remains-on-iowa-ballot/

Brian's reply to the Libertarian lawyer:

The Libertarian Party beat back the Romney Campaign challenge and their presidential candidate, Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, will be on the state of Iowa ballot.  Their lawyer used our socialist party presidential qualification experience in 2008 as justification.  See my affidavit they used in the attachment.

Just found this other news release in the Des Moines Register.  Basically same as in Ballot Access News.

 http://www.desmoinesregister.com/viewart/20120830/NEWS09/308300057/Libertarian-candidate-put-Iowa-ballot,  a minute ago.  

Brian


NATURECOAST COALITION FOR PEACE AND JUSTICE (WestCentral Florida)

PROTESTING SURVEILLANCE DRONES OF REPUB. CONVENTION & BOMBER DRONES FOR PAKISTAN

Demonstrations:  Week of Monday, August 27th thru Friday, 31st
Location:  Tampa, Republican Convention  [sites to be selected]

Spring Hill, Florida  Friday, August 24, 2012:    

NEW DEMONSTRATION: The NatureCoast Coalition for Peace and Justice will conduct more anti-war and anti-drone demonstrations during the week of August 27th thru the 31st, at the Republican convention in Tampa.  The specific times and logistics will be forthcoming as we join St. Pete for Peace and other similar protest groups at the Republican Convention in Tampa.

The impetus will focus on the use of surveillance drones in Tampa by anonymous United States government agencies; plus, the continuing and ongoing use of bomber drones by the Obama Administration in Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq and other known and unknown countries.  

Some NatureCoast Coalition members attended the speech by nationally known peace activist Medea Benjamin, which was held in St. Petersburg this past Wednesday evening, August 22nd.   Ms. Benjamin indicated that thousands of drones are being produced around the world, lead by the United States, China and Israel.  The Obama Administration has authorized over 300 deadly drone bombings (of both suspected terrorists, including American citizens, resulting some times in killing innocent civilians) in a growing list of Middle East and African countries.   The 300 bombings, compared to a total of 50 drone attacks conducted by the George W. Bush Administration, indicate the total lack of moral responsibility exhibited by this president, and that this winner of the Nobel Peace prize was just a sham.

Some of the signs at the Benjamin talk, made by St. Pete for Peace sponsors, and Code Pink members, were as follows:

Drones:  The Weapon of Today's Terrorists
Obama's Drones Kill Americans, too!
Drones Create Enemies
When Drones Fly, Innocent People Die
Real Heroes Resist War
Obama's Drones Kill, kill---Even More than Bush Did!
Drones Cannot Hear the Groans of Families
Drones are for Weenies

Ms. Benjamin put the blame on both war parties, the Democrats and Republicans, and said that neither of them have included a plank in their 2012 convention platforms opposing the "endless wars" in the middle east, nor opposing the use of drones.  She also said that the FAA has limited the use of CIA drones in the United States, but it was reported in today's papers that the FAA has granted waivers for the use of drones at the Republican Convention in Tampa for surveillance and "other activities."  It did not mention if they would be carrying lethal weapons.

Benjamin also reported that when the CIA controls the use of drones, which is a non-military agency of our government, Americans have no access to information on their activities because they are a spy agency.  If the use of drones was solely in the hands of the army or the military, Americans would have total and complete access.

Efforts were made by Coalition members to attend the drone demonstration in Largo the next day (4 to 6 PM), lead by Ms. Benjamin and St. Pete for Peace, in front of the Raytheon complex, who manufacturers some of the thousands made in the US, but to our knowledge, could not make it.

Further information of our protest efforts in Tampa will be forthcoming.




 

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Location: Tampa, Republican Convention
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