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Below, a press release from Shannonwatch following on from the Department of Foreign Affairs’s refusal to release information on US military flights through Shannon. So much for freedom of information…
Foreign Affairs Refuse to Reveal Extent of US Military Use of Shannon
Shannonwatch are gravely concerned by the ongoing refusal of the Department of Foreign Affairs to provide access to information about US military flights through Shannon. Citing the creation and maintenance of trust and confidence between governments the department have said they will not provide records requested under freedom of information (FOI) because it would hamper the international relations of the State.
By Edward Horgan
A US war plane a Hercules C130 landed at Shannon on Friday and was still there at noon on Saturday. This is a description of this particular version of the C130 from the internet:
“C-130J-30 Super Hercules, the C-130J-30 is a stretch version of the C-130J. The C-130J-30 adds 15 feet to the fuselage, increasing usable space (two more pallets of equipment) in the cargo compartment. Maximum Allowable Payload 44,000 pounds (19,958 kilograms)”
It was still at Shannon at noon on Saturday 3 Sept. I thought it looked a bit longer than usual when I saw it at Shannon today. The question we must ask is: What is a US military aircraft capable of carrying almost 20,000 Kilograms of military material doing at Shannon airport, if it is not on military operations, not on military exercises, not carry weapons or munitions, as we are continuously told by the Irish and US Governments. Perhaps it is carrying Apples for Apple Computers???
We are being lied to by our Government almost on a daily basis on this issue.
Please attend our Shannonwatch monthly peace vigils to protest at Irish complicity in US war crimes in the Middle East, that have caused up to two million deaths, and created the greatest global refugee crisis since World War 2.
On the weekend of 8/9 October especially, there will be a weekend of protests at Shannon airport organised by Shannonwatch, supported by other peace groups including Galway Alliance Against War, PANA Peace and Neutrality Alliance, IAWM Irish Anti war Movement and AFRI. More on this later. We must stop this complicity with War Crimes