Scott Horton Interviews Kathy Kelly

Scott Horton, March 08, 2011

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Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, discusses the NATO attack (no, not this one) that killed nine Afghan children; why the sole survivor’s eyewitness account could explain Gen. Petraeus’s quick and uncharacteristic apology; how US bribes – paid to ensure the safety of supply convoys from Pakistan – directly fund Afghan warlords and insurgents; and why it’s well past time to end the wars and bring all the troops home.

MP3 here. (19:01)

Kathy Kelly currently helps coordinate the Voices for Creative Nonviolence campaign. She helped initiate Voices in the Wilderness, a campaign to end the UN/US sanctions against Iraq. For bringing medicine to Iraq in open violation of the UN/US sanctions, she and other campaign members were notified of a proposed $163,000 penalty for the organization, threatened with 12 years in prison, and eventually fined $20,000, a sum which they’ve refused to pay.

Kelly helped organize and participated in nonviolent direct action teams in Haiti (summer of 1994), Bosnia (August, 1993, December, 1992) and Iraq (Gulf Peace Team, 1991). In April of 2002, she was among the first internationals to visit the Jenin camp, where conventional military forces of the Israeli Defense Force had destroyed over 100 civilian homes, in the Occupied West Bank.

In 1988, she was sentenced to one year in prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites. Kelly served nine months of the sentence in Lexington KY maximum security prison. In the spring of 2004, she served three months at Pekin federal prison for crossing the line as part of an ongoing “School of the Americas Watch” effort to close an army military combat training school at Fort Benning, GA.

Kelly is active with the Catholic Worker movement and, as a pacifist and war tax refuser, has refused payment of all Federal income tax since 1980.

7 Responses to “Kathy Kelly”

  1. [...] writing the blog entry for Kathy Kelly’s recent Antiwar Radio interview, I did a Google search for the New York Times piece on the nine firewood-gathering Afghan boys [...]

  2. Unfortunately, it can get even worse. Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability and wrote First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War and Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare). Bob Aldridge wrote on the missiles to be deployed on ships in the Black Sea and on land in Romania and Poland by 2015: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike". Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 can hit within 30 meters or less of the target-and according to Professor Paul Rogers the warheads on both are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against missile silos. This leads to Launch On Warning and suicide by mistake because of the bloody fools in the Pentagon.

  3. Don't forget about the mineral wealth of Afghanistan. It's not just a pipeline that's going to be collateralized.

  4. Always look to the bright side : the fall of the fascist amerikan empire is near. All the suffering that still goes on has pushed the empire close to the abyss !

  5. Don´t forget that the Taliban were guests of honor in Texas but they couldn´t agree on The Trans-Afghan Pipeline (now they have built some 400 kms of it). Moreover, they threatened to give the contract to an Argentinian firm ! The pipeline is to bring oil and gas from 5 countries north of Afghanistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan to Karachi and by ship to United Bluff. Yes, let´s hope the US will soon go completely broke.

  6. [...] your average Afghan resident has no direct interest in these issues. Many of these people have never even heard of the 9/11 attacks. They are doing well to feed [...]

  7. I wish Petraeus and other US commanders a long, retirement with the maintenance of their mental facultiues, so they'll have an opportunity toreflect on their life's work. I also have an abiding faith that should they find contrition, the good Lord won't confirm their self-damnation.

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