As Margaretta D'Arcy continues to serve the sentence imposed on her by the Irish State for opposing the U.S. military use of Shannon Airport, the war machines continue to land at the airport. The State's heavy handed treatment of Margaretta was an attempt to silence opposition to the routine presence of these war machines; instead it has made Irish people more aware of their complicity in the human suffering that comes with war. Shannonwatch continues to demand explanations from the Irish government, not only for this ongoing involvement in illegal, unjustified and never-ending war, but also for the many years of cover-up of rendition flights through Shannon.
Between Jan 1st and Jan 22nd, we recorded 4 KC-10's and 5 C-130's at Shannon. The KC-10 is a military version of the DC-10 airplane which is operated by the U.S. Air Force. Its primary roles are transport and aerial refuelling of other military aircraft.