Base expansion in Okinawa is continuing, as Okinawa is still being sacrificed and used by the Japanese Government to carry the burden of base expansion by holding out the golden carrot of money to the local government officials. Most recently, a 5400 page environmental report was released by the ministry of defense, and presented to the community in Henoko. No mention of the endangered dugong was mentioned in the report. Questions were raised by the local residents, but fell on deaf ears. In Takae, north of Ogimi village, they are also facing a new challenge…threat. They have been protesting the expansion of a heliport to accomadate the osprey aircraft. Now, they have been presented with a lawsuit by the Japanese Government for obstruction, due to the American military complaints of “loud riotous protests that obstruct and cause concern for safety”. The Takae sit ins have only been peaceful, with only a few residents rotating shifts at the designated gates. This bogus lawsuit went to trial yesterday, in an historic act, as the first time the government has sued local residents for trying to protect what is rightfully theirs. 24 attorneys have stepped up to back the Takae locals in this case. It is interesting that America so tousts its democracy to the world, when it doesn’t practice it itself. There is news of decrease of troops and closing of Futenma, but the expansion of Henoko and Takase just doesn’t make sense. How mush more must Okinawa suffer?