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<p class=MsoNormal><b><font size=2 face=Tahoma><span lang=EN-US
style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Tahoma;font-weight:bold'>From:</span></font></b><font
size=2 face=Tahoma><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Tahoma'>
Shannon Watch [mailto:shannonwatch@gmail.com] <br>
<b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Sent:</span></b> 05 February 2010 15:06<br>
<b><span style='font-weight:bold'>To:</span></b> shannonwatch@gmail.com<br>
<b><span style='font-weight:bold'>Subject:</span></b> Press Conference Wed 10th
Feb: <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Shannon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName
 w:st="on">Airport</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>&#8217;s Ongoing Involvement in War
Needs to be Challenged</span></font><span lang=EN-US><o:p></o:p></span></p>

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<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><em><b><i><font size=3 face=Arial><span
lang=EN-US style='font-size:12.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold;
font-style:normal'>Shannon Airport&#8217;s Ongoing Involvement in War Needs to be
Challenged</span></font></i></b></em><o:p></o:p></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><em><i><font size=2 face=Arial><span
lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Press Release: 04
February&nbsp;2010</span></font></i></em><o:p></o:p></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><em><b><i><font size=2 face=Arial><span
lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:bold'>Shannonwatch
</span></font></i></b></em><o:p></o:p></p>

<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><strong><b><font size=2 color=black
face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;
color:black'>Seven years after</span></font></b></strong><strong><b><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial;color:black;font-weight:normal'> </span></font></b></strong><b><font
size=2 color=black face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:Arial;color:black;font-weight:bold'>the <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region>
military <strong><b><font face=Arial><span style='font-family:Arial'>were given
the use of </span></font></b></strong><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Shannon</st1:PlaceName>
<st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Airport</st1:PlaceName> for the invasion of <st1:country-region
w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Iraq</st1:place></st1:country-region>, in breach
of international laws on neutrality, the airport continues to provide vital
logistical support for two wars. Around 5000 troops plus their weapons transit
through the airport every week, as do contracted cargo planes and other
military aircraft on their way to and from <st1:country-region w:st="on">Iraq</st1:country-region>
and <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:place></st1:country-region>.
The airport is also known to have been used by the CIA as part of their
worldwide networks of kidnapping and torture. </span></font></b><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:
11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>On Wednesday February 10<sup>th</sup> at 11am,
Shannonwatch will hold a press conference with PANA, the Peace and Neutrality
Alliance, in Buswells Hotel Dublin. There they will announce details of a vigil
that marks seven years of peaceful protest at the airport. The vigil will be
held on Valentines Day (Feb 14<sup>th</sup>), and will use the symbol of a
black heart to show that it is war, and not love, that is being promoted at <st1:place
w:st="on">Shannon</st1:place>.</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:
11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Details of 2009 war-related traffic through <st1:place
w:st="on">Shannon</st1:place> will also be announced at the press conference.
These figures show an alarmingly high scale of war activity at a supposedly
civilian airport. &#8220;With the withdrawal of Aer Lingus, Delta and Ryan Air from
Shannon it is now a de-facto <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">US</st1:place></st1:country-region>
air base&#8221; said a spokesperson for the group. &#8220;Irish people need to be made
aware of the extent to which the airport has been militarized and the dangers
that presents. We need to question why the government has supported the
occupations of <st1:country-region w:st="on">Iraq</st1:country-region> and <st1:place
w:st="on"><st1:country-region w:st="on">Afghanistan</st1:country-region></st1:place>
for so long, and why they hide the real extent of our support. These wars have
caused hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of displaced people, and
have no positive outcomes in sight.&#8221; </span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p class=MsoNormal><font size=2 face=Arial><span lang=EN-US style='font-size:
11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Shannonwatch is a group of peace &amp; human rights
activists based in the mid-West of <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place
 w:st="on">Ireland</st1:place></st1:country-region>. It campaigns to end the <st1:country-region
w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region> military use of <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName
 w:st="on">Shannon</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Airport</st1:PlaceName></st1:place>
and to stop rendition flights through the airport. It also seeks to obtain
accountability from the Irish government for complicity in human rights abuse
and for the decisions to support wars that are both illegal and immoral.
It&nbsp;records military and suspected CIA traffic through the airport and
publishes summaries on its website <a href="http://www.shannonwatch.org/"
title="blocked::http://www.shannonwatch.org/"><font color=purple><span
style='color:purple'>www.shannonwatch.org</span></font></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font><o:p></o:p></p>

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<p style='mso-margin-top-alt:6.0pt;margin-right:0cm;margin-bottom:0cm;
margin-left:0cm;margin-bottom:.0001pt'><i><font size=2 face=Arial><span
lang=EN-US style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-style:italic'>For
further information contact Shannonwatch on 087 8225087 or email <a
href="mailto:shannonwatch@gmail.com"
title="blocked::mailto:shannonwatch@gmail.com">shannonwatch@gmail.com</a>.</span></font></i><o:p></o:p></p>

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