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Home About Us Prisoners of Conscience Court Statements Ken Hayes: 1-25-10 Trial Statement
Ken Hayes: 1-25-10 Trial Statement PDF Print E-mail
"From the first I attended the vigils always inspired me. As a Christian who was drawn to the example of Philip Berrigan and Martin Luther King, Fr Roy's vigils at Ft Benning were emotionally uplifting experiences. I crossed the line for the first time in 1998 and each year after until 2001. Finally this year I ran out of excuses and hopefully I will be able to clear my conscience. I believe the school has not changed in any significant way. Indeed, since the renaming in 2001, the army has hired a PR company to polish their image. We know that thanks to Aaron Shuman who was given a copy of the PR plan by WHINSEC's Rials. Simultaneously the army is concealing the names of their students to make it more difficult to determine how effective their vetting process is and how their graduates perform when they return to their home countries. The army has also attempted to conceal their record by censoring the Wikipedia entry on the SOA/WHINSEC to omit all references to human rights abuses connected to the school and deleted all mention of SOA Watch from entry about Ft Benning. We know that thanks to WikiScanner, developed by CalTech graduate student Virgil Griffith, that traced the editorial changes made to the online encyclopedia to Fort Benning computers. The army's aversion to meaningful oversight and their long record of refusing to make meaningful changes to any of their systems (other than weapons systems and tactics) makes it critical that citizens insist on these changes to protect the public and soldiers themselves. For example consider the conditions that our wounded soldiers had to endure before the media finally exposed their plight. Also remember the army has been warned repeatedly that they have failed to vet recruits for affiliation to racist and anti-government extremist groups. If you think that doesn't put the public at risk consider that Timothy Mc Veigh, Michael Fortier and Terry Nichols met at Ft Benning. "

Ken Hayes
January 25, 2010

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