January 5, 2012 Day 2
Slept well in our space. Well, sorta’ despite Brian Terrell being right next to me and snoring. It’s warmer than the church we were in last year. The showers are also nicer so I took one. We began this day with a procession to the Superior Court House where Brian Hynes (Shaker Aamer), Michael Levinson, Josie Setzler, Carmen Trotta, and Judith Levinson face charges of disorderly conduct.
A little back story for you, on June 23rd a group of Witness Against Torture activists went to the House of Representatives to express grievances towards Guantanamo Bay and the NDAA bill, which at that point had not been voted on yet. After exhausting other routes of communication such as calling representatives and writing letters, going to Congress was another means of petitioning. For this, five people face charges of disorderly conduct for simply speaking at a loud volume.
After lunch, Brian Hynes took the stand while Carmen Trotta questioned him. Carmen asked him why he is also known as Shaker Aamer. Brian had previously been arrested during a demonstration where he represented Shaker Aamer, a detainee who has been held in Guantanamo Bay since 2002. He didn’t have identification with him so he gave them the name Shaker Aamer as a symbolic gesture to give Shaker the writ to due process to which he deserves. Brian is now known in the Washington D.C. system as Shaker Aamer.
The prosecution asked Brian, “You weren’t interested in the patent law the house was voting on were you? It’s not important.” Brian responded with a lengthy explanation on the history of patent laws.
I’m feeling well today. I’m not hungry at all. I slept well too.