Bureau of Investigative Journalism report is Deeply Worrying

A recent report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism entitled CIA tactics in Pakistan include targeting rescuers and funerals is deeply worrying. Not only are civilians being killed in the initial so-called "targeted attacks" but it now appears to be US Government/CIA policy under the President Obama administration to send in secondary drone bombing attacks on the rescuer's who go in to drag survivors from the burning buildings. Even worse, there have been several incidents whereby the subsequent funerals of the victims of earlier drone attacks have been attacked by CIA drone bombings causing huge casualties among the mourners.

Mother's Day at Shannon Airport

Edward Horgan

So its happy Mother's Day isn't it. Lets hope some of the thousands, and more likely tens of thousands, of mothers, will have a happy Mother's Day, as they flee from the conflicts in the Middle East with their little children , as they huddle at the razor wire fences, in the snow and rain, on the borders with Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, and Slovakia, being refused refugee protection.

At Shannon Airport this morning it was cold, wet and windy, but I was dressed in warm clothing and was able to go the Park Inn hotel and warm up with tea and a scone after taking the photos below.

There were three US warplanes at Shannon airport this morning. One was a large C17 US Air Force, Air Mobility Command, Charleston Air Force base, and its registration number was 77180. It was on its way to Abu Dhabi in the Persian Gulf, and most likely delivering armed US troops and munitions into one or more of the war zones, in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq or Syria. This aircraft is quite capable of transport several deadly Drones that are killing dozens of people each week in the Middle East.

Shannon Airport, Drones and Jordan

At Shannon Airport this morning a US Navy, C40 Clipper aircraft number 6694 was being protected by an Irish army patrol. The aircraft is part of a Fleet Logistics Squadron based in Virginia, and its not its first time at Shannon.

We don't know what this aircraft was transporting, but we can be sure it was being operated by US Navy personnel as crew members, and it was either going to or from a military operation or military exercise of some sort, in clear contravention of US and Irish Government assurances that all such US military aircraft are not engaged in military operations, or military exercises, and not carrying any weapons or munitions of any sort.

Election Candidates Take a Stand on Irish Foreign Policy

A total of 116 candidates have committed to restoring Ireland's neutrality in response to a Peace Pledge drafted by the main peace and anti-war groups in Ireland. These candidates have said they will only support or join a Government that is prepared to end the US military use of Shannon Airport.

"This is a very important commitment in terms of Ireland's foreign policy" said John Lannon of Shannonwatch, one of the organisations behind the Peace Pledge. "It is also in line with the wishes of the Irish people. Polls consistently show that over two thirds of the population want a neutral Ireland that is not involved in wars of aggression or occupation. But by allowing Shannon Airport to be used as a US military base we are contributing to war and human rights abuse. The next government must end this practice and restore Irish neutrality."

All 50 Sinn Fein candidates are committed to supporting the Peace Pledge as are the Anti Austerity Alliance / People before Profit and the Workers Party. A number of candidates from the Green Party, Social Democrats and other parties, as well as Independents, have also signed up.

Many Reasons to be Worried about National Air Cargo Presence at Shannon

On February 14th Shannonwatch recorded a Boeing 747-428BCF ("Boeing Converted Freighter") operated by National Air Cargo Group parked at Stand 42 at Shannon Airport. On Monday it left for the US Air Force Force Base at Dover. This is located in Delaware and is home to part of the US Air Force Air Mobility Command and Air Force Reserve Command.

We know that National operates flights on behalf of the US military. Under information obtained from the Department of Transport through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests we know they took troops and weapons through Shannon 13 times in 2014, and were given a permit to take an aircraft with cartridges and small arms through Irish airspace in January of that year.

Has Shannon Airport been Handed Over Fully to the US Military?

At noon today, Saturday 6th February, there were no scheduled civilian aircraft delivering or collecting passengers at Shannon Airport. It is starting to look like a deserted World War II airfield; there was one chartered executive jet being refuelled, and one US warplane. The latter was a US Navy C40, and it was being protected by Irish army and Garda patrol cars.

Shannonwatch member Edward Horgan went to Shannon Garda Station at 12.25 pm and handed in the following written statement: