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February 1, 2010
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Fort Huachuca Demonstrator in Federal Court Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010
Photo: Joshua Harris being carried away by soldiers after peacefully crossing onto Fort Huachuca Army Intelligence Center base in southern Arizona. Photo Brenda Norrell
Joshua Harris, a California graduate student, is set to appear for arraignment at the U.S. District Court, 405 W. Congress Street, Tucson on Wednesday, February 3, to answer criminal charges following his arrest last November 15 during a protest of military involvement in torture and robotic warfare. He is on the docket for an 8:30 a.m. arraignment, along with other unrelated arraignments scheduled that day.
Harris, 33, is charged under Arizona law with trespass onto the U.S. Army's Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista, Arizona, and with refusing to provide a truthful name. His prosecution is proceeding in federal court in Tucson under the Assimilative Crimes Act (18 USC 13).
Harris is the only one among five people arrested during the November demonstration to be prosecuted. Four others were released within the hour after identifying themselves to military police and receiving a formal letter barring them from entering the base for one year. Harris was released later that day, having identified himself after being cited for the offenses. He initially said he was there representing a victim of torture, and had only given that man's name.
Following is the statement explaining why the five were among 150 people protesting at Ft. Huachuca. More information about the November demonstration can be found at http://tortureontrial.org/media.html
STATEMENT CARRIED INTO FORT HUACHUCA, November 15, 2009
We return to Fort Huachuca to call for an end to torture.
We are here because we desire dialogue with soldiers and commanders engaged in interrogation training.
We are here because we still question whether soldiers are provided with adequate training about international human rights law so they would know to refuse illegal orders and other pressure to torture captives (including a guarantee that speaking out would not lead to retaliation or punishment).
We are here in the hope that healing can take place - healing for the victims of torture, as well as the men and women who have been involved in carrying out torture.
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