Last Friday, a pro-Hamas mob demanding a cease-fire in the Israeli campaign to root Hamas terrorists out of Gaza blocked a U.S. military supply ship leaving the Port of Oakland by locking themselves to the vessel.
The rioters also blocked the entrance to Berth 20 where the container carrier Cape Orlando was moored. The pro-Hamas groups say the ship is bound for Israel after being loaded with weapons and military equipment in Tacoma, Washington.
The blatantly illegal action was organized by the San Francisco-based Arab Resource Organizing Center. Police were at the scene of the protest which appeared to number about 200 people, many holding Palestinian flags and signs demanding an end to U.S. military aid to Israel.
In response to this outrage, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) yesterday sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, urging him to direct the Department of Justice to investigate members of pro-Hamas mobs that attempted to obstruct U.S. military ships from delivering aid to Israel. Senator Cotton noted that trespassing on or damaging military property breaks several federal laws, and those who do so should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
In part, Senator Cotton wrote:
“The Department of Justice must take immediate action against these criminals; otherwise, it will send a dangerous message that radical activists can undermine our Armed Forces with impunity.”
For easier reading the full text of the letter may also be found below.
November 7, 2023
The Honorable Merrick Garland
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Garland,
I write to urge immediate action against radical, pro-Hamas mobs who are committing crimes to impede the delivery of U.S. security aid to Israel.
Yesterday, hundreds of pro-Hamas extremists shut down the Port of Tacoma to obstruct what they believed to be a military ship transporting military aid to Israel. A few days earlier, many of these same saboteurs reportedly blocked the entrance to a port in Oakland, tampered with a military ship’s mooring lines, and attempted to scale the ship with a rope ladder. Any attempt to impede and interfere with U.S. military movements, like attempting to trespass on or damage military property, breaks several federal laws. Each person involved in these schemes should be arrested promptly and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Further, two left-wing extremist groups, the Bay Area Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) and the Tacoma Democratic Socialists of America, coordinated and organized these criminal mobs, for instance, by operating shuttle services to transport the saboteurs. The members and leaders of those groups should also be investigated and prosecuted, including for criminal conspiracy.
The Department of Justice must take immediate action against these criminals; otherwise, it will send a dangerous message that radical activists can undermine our Armed Forces with impunity.
Thank you for your attention to this vital matter of national security.
The Capitol Switchboard is (202-224-3121), call today and tell your Representative and Senators you want them to support Senator Cotton by contacting Attorney General Garland and demanding an investigation and prosecution of any person or any organization attempting to impede and interfere with U.S. military movements.
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