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9/11, Burning Qurans and Burning People
WASHINGTON - September 10 -
Available for a limited number of interviews, Kelly lost her brother, William, and Rockefeller lost her sister, Laura, in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. They are members of September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.
On Sept. 11, the group will launch the web page "911 Stories: Our Voices, Our Choices."
Kelly is co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, which today with other human rights and religious groups begins a series of vigils outside the Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, where members of the U.S. Air Force control drones used to kill people in the escalating "drone war" in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Kelly just wrote the piece "The Indefensible Drones: A Ground Zero Reflection."
After a week of demonstrations and vigils in April of 2009, 14 activists entered Creech Air Force Base to highlight the military's use of drones in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A trial is set for next week on trespassing charges. Witnesses include former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, former Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. embassy in Afghanistan Colonel Ann Wright and Legal Director for the Center for Constitutional Rights William Quigley. Haber is coordinator for the Nevada Desert Experience and can provide interviews with activists and witnesses. See: "Drones on Trial in Las Vegas, Sept 14th 2010"
For more background on drones, see Drone Wars
Cappiello is with Muslims for Peace, Justice, and Progress. He said today: "Gen. Petreaus and President Obama have both said that burning of the Quran could cause resentment and lead to violence against U.S. troops. But doesn't killing Muslims and occupying Muslim countries do that? We must simultaneously counter mullah-sponsored terrorism and state-sponsored terrorism."