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3 Johnston Activists Found Guilty of Trespassing

Posted May 10, 2007

— A judge found five of eight anti-torture activists not guilty of trespassing at the Johnston County Airport.

The activists, ranging in age from 16 to 80, were arrested during an April protest at the airport. The group, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, was trying to deliver citizens' arrests to Aero Contractors.

The ACLU believes the company works for the CIA, hauling terrorism suspects to secret locations without due process.

The judge said Thursday there was not enough evidence against five of the activists, so he found them not guilty. However, the other three  activists testified against the judge's advice. The judge said their own testimony incriminated them.

All sentences are suspended provided they do not go back onto the property, but all three have appealed the judge's decision.


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  • jabo0403 May 11, 2007

    Aero is the one saving AMERICAN lives.

  • wynnwilson May 11, 2007

    If the aggressive tactics save ONE American life ; Do it again guys !

  • jabo0403 May 10, 2007

    correction-when their story WAS NOT at the top of the news cast, they began cursing at the TV. Real Winners.

  • jabo0403 May 10, 2007

    Personally saw these people curse at the TV when their story was the top of the news at a restaurant close to the courthouse. Rude to the staff and other patrons. Don't come back to Johnston County.

  • Professor Studley May 10, 2007

    Tresspassing is a crime... Let's assume the activists are right, even if such is the case, two wrongs don't make a right. They were convicted of the crime they committed, not more no less. I think the judge made a fair decision.

  • Ripcord May 10, 2007

    Alias... These protestors are nothing more than agitators. They aren't interested in anyone's civil rights and never have been. There is no torture going on at Gitmo and they know it. Their goal is to destroy the CIA and turn this country into a Socialist, Pacifist cesspool of a welfare state. This was just one way of working towards that goal.

  • -info- May 10, 2007

    The ACLU has more governmental ties than any other business outside of the DOD.......and have for years........they are very selective in who has the right to speak and when..........if ever..........

  • alias May 10, 2007

    Here's a link to just one story that outlines some of the activities of Aero Contractors. http://www.newsobserver.com/110/story/544844.html
    The people charged with trespassing in this story are against our government's involvement in torture, plain and simple, and they are taking a stand. In addition, they seem to believe that our government should not subject people to punishment before they are convicted of a crime. Please ask yourself whether you, too, appreciate the protections of our constitution. Just as many of you, I'm sure, support and applaud the men and women of our military for protecting our freedoms abroad, I wholeheartedly support and admire these people who are fighting to protect our freedoms within.

  • refiman May 10, 2007

    I know where to find 3 total losers

  • BIG YAWN May 10, 2007

    How can 8 out of millions of activist be wrong? There must be some torture going on there.