ADVISORY: November 9, 2006
CONTACT: Dan Nalven (914) 941-6488 or email@example.com
PRESS CONFERENCE CALL: Monday November 13th at 2:00PM EDT
CONFERENCE CALL DIAL-IN NUMBER: By Request
911COURAGE.ORG LEAFLETTER to
PLEAD GUILTY to TRESSPASS CHARGE
9/11 Activist to Request Maximum Sentence
WHO: David Slesinger, (240) 221-3293, (410) 499-5403,
WHAT: Trespass charge trial
WHEN: Interviews from 8:00AM Monday November 13, 2006
Court session begins at 8:30AM
WHERE: Interviews at Montgomery County Court House,
50 Maryland Ave, Rockville, Md
Trial across street at 27 Court House Square Room 304
(within walking distance of Rockville Metro station)
ATTACHED: Mr. Slesinger's proposed plea to the court.
I-270 toward Frederick - go 4.5 mi
Exit #5/MD-189/Falls Rd onto Maryland Ave[MD-189] - go 2.1 mi
Arrive at 50 MARYLAND AVE, ROCKVILLE
Rockville, MD - On Wednesday August 9th, nationwide group 911Courage.org carried out leafletting in 14 states, some legal some not, at the opening of Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center". Two people risked arrest. Mia Hamel of Tampa was arrested but no one ever told group founder David Slesinger to stop leafletting at his Rockville, Maryland location, the Regal Rockville Stadium 13.
Montgomery County's finest obliged him with an arrest at about 9:30PM August 11th during his second day of leafletting. He received a ticket for trespass with a maximum fine of $500 and a maximum sentence of 6 months and is banned from the property for 3 years. At a recent hearing he was notified that the maximum sentence would be 90 days.
In Slesinger's proposed plea to the court (below) he gives the Gandhian plea,"If you believe in what you are doing give me your stiffest sentence. If you don't, resign."
He continues that he wants "to do penance on behalf of our misguided brothers George W. Bush and Dick Cheney" and " for every American who is afraid to ask all of the hard questions about 911."
He adds, "I am not afraid of the other guests of the county. There is more goodness in any cell block in this county than there is in the Oval office." Slesinger served 4 months in jail in 1982 for a nonviolent civil disobedience action.
More info on the continuing leafletting may be found at www.911courage.org or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Mr. Slesinger's proposed plea for civil disobedience trespass arrest at Rockville Stadium Cinemas to be presented to the court during the session of Monday November 13, which begins at 8:30AM.
Thank you for the opportunity to address this Court. My plea is guilty. I leafletted on private property against the wishes of those responsible for the Rockville Stadium Cinemas, a short walk from here. The movie, "World Trade Center", had opened 2 days earlier. I leafletted there that day, August 9th, but no one ordered me to stop.
In Tampa on August 9th Mia Hamel was arrested for a similar trespass. We are part of an activist group, 911Courage.org.
We bring attention to the hardest questions surrounding the event that has become known world-wide as 9/11, and our administration's war on terror.
If I am correct, and 9/11 was an inside job, our nation imminently faces transformation into outright fascism.
In a democracy, most people consider the police to be their friends. This is as it should be. However, under fascism, the government is the primary source of terror. It intimidates, tortures and kills its adversaries with impunity. Under fascism, relatives of those in the justice system will be ashamed to admit their relationship.
I want to embellish my guilty plea to make it stronger, but allow me to first prepare you.
I'm obviously worried about our brothers and sisters who control the federal government. They have embraced evil so deeply. With the grace of Jesus Christ I will be able to forgive them.
I'm worried about the lack of courage shown by the leaders of all the major institutions of our society. I'm more worried about the American public. Too many people are unwilling to look closely enough at the situation to determine what the hardest questions are.
Please allow me to suggest 3:
Why did the Kean Commission, the official government investigation, not even mention that a third skyscraper collapsed that day at 5:20PM without being hit by a plane? Please note the Washington Post also did not mention this omission.
A good place to start looking at the issue is the web site patriotsquestion911.com. There, 51 former government officials ask for a real investigation. This even includes former FBI director Louis Freeh. Some of these former officials actually agree with me that 9/11 was an inside job.
Why did the Commission omit Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta's testimony, given to the Commission itself, that Vice-President Cheney and others in the under-ground shelter were aware by 9:26 that morning that an aircraft was approaching the Pentagon?
Why did the commission ignore the existence of extensive war games on 9/11/01 which served as at least a defacto stand down?
I now delight in thanking God that I should have lived long enough to make a plea to you that I have wanted to make to a judge for 25 years. This plea was originally given by a hero of mine, Mohandas K. Gandhi. "If you believe in what you are doing, give me your stiffest sentence. If you don't, then resign."
Let me further suggest that if you should resign upon this plea, you secure yourself an important place in the history of lovers of freedom. This government has already thrown out the inviolate status of the right to habeas corpus, a right which has stood for almost 800 years. It is a direct attack on the most basic of rights in the history of our jurisprudence. It would also stand well for our system of jurisprudence that the judiciary took the moral lead in standing against fascism.
I'm sure you try to uphold the law every day. Now is your chance to stand with the Constitution in this, its hour of greatest need.
I'm advised by those I respect that no judge in this very liberal county will give me a jail sentence at all for this very politely performed trespass. This could be seen as a form of praise for Montgomery County judicial compassion. I'm asking you to remember that besides being a judge, you are a free human being, free to choose what is best.
I ask to serve time in jail. A full 90 days is my preference. I am not afraid of the other guests of the county. There is more goodness in any cell block in this county than there is in the Oval office.
I want to serve time to show the depth of my concern. I want to do penance on behalf of our misguided brothers George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. I currently pray for both of them every day. I want to do penance for every American who is afraid to ask all of the hard questions about 9/11.
I have an admission to make. I'm not anywhere near as advanced as my hero Gandhi. I still get angry. He didn't. I mutter to myself how lacking in courage my countrymen are.
Then I remember all the times I've lacked courage.
But not today.