Irish anti-war activist Damien Moran, acquitted in
Dublin Circuit court 18 months ago by jury trial of doing 2
million disarmament to a U.S. military plane at Shannon airport as a
protest against the Iraq war, was deported from the U.S.A. on Sunday by
Homeland Security agents at Chicago's O'Hare airport.
Moran had been invited to attend and speak at a conference against the U.S.
Government's missile defence plans. The 27 year old County Offaly native is a
former seminarian with the Holy Ghost Fathers in Kimmage and is currently
living and teaching in Poland. Prior to leaving for Poland he worked with the De Paul Trust at a homeless shelter in
Dublin's city centre.
Regarding the deportation Moran stated: I was immediately detained and
questioned by Homeland Security officers about our nonviolent and legal action
at Shannon in February 2003. The information the border authorities claimed to
have was that I was arrested for damaging a U.S. fighter jet at Shannon. I let
them know that their database was out of date and that it should also read
acquitted as an Irish jury had decided unanimously we had a lawful excuse to
help save life and property in Iraq.
He continued: My mobile phone was seized and I was interrogated about the
purpose of my trip and why I had damaged U.S. military property. I had been
invited to speak at a university in Colorado Springs and at a conference in
Omaha on U.S. militarism in Poland and
Ireland. I also had tickets to visit my brother and his family in
Virginia. Homeland Security's unjustified refusal to allow me enter the U.S. and
meet family, speak with U.S. citizens is just another example of how
quasi-fascist the U.S. State apparatus has become.
Furthermore, Moran claims that modern-day America is summed up by "his
deportation from to the U.S. to advocate for social investment and military
divestment on the same weekend as the U.S. officially celebrates the life of
Martin Luther King Jr. I was barred from entering due to my act of
dissent at Shannon 5 years ago against their disastrous militaristic policies
at home and abroad. Evidently there is no room for dissenters' and foreign
peace activists in America today
Furthermore the deportee claims It is high time the omnipotent military
-industrial complex in the U.S. is crushed by concerned citizens.When I
informed them about our action and acquittal they were none too pleased.
Unfortunately I've lost $350 dollars in flight expenses while the Global
Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space organisation that invited
me have been setback over $1,000. Albeit, it's not much money compared to the
$2 trillion plus bill that U.S. taxpayers have paid to help their government
wage the Iraq war.
More on the conference that Moran was due to attend can be found
As regards the Shannon Ploughshares action he was acquitted for with 4
colleagues more info. can be sourced at
Moran's current activities include resistance to the controversial U.S.
missile defence plans for Poland. See
www.m29.bzzz.net for more details.
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