'Five Arrested for Breaking into Navy Base (by Ed Friedrich)
Posted November 3, 2009 at 10:55 p.m'
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From: Subversive Peacemaking
Date: Thu, Dec 31, 2009
News Release 12/31/2009
For immediate release
Jackie Hudson or Sue Ablao: 360-930-8697,
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action
16159 Clear Creek Road NW Poulsbo, WA 98370
Arraignment for Disarm Now Plowshares Activists
The arraignment of the Disarm Now Plowshares Five is scheduled for
Wednesday, January 6, 2010 in U.S. District Court, Western District of
Washington, Tacoma, at 8:30am.
Bill “Bix” Bischel, S.J., 81, of Tacoma, Washington; Susan Crane, 65,
of Baltimore MD; Lynne Greenwald, 60, of Bremerton Washington; Steve
Kelly, S.J., 60, of Oakland, CA.; Anne Montgomery RSCJ, 83, of New
York, New York, were arrested on Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. They
entered the Base in the early morning hours of November 2, 2009, All
Souls Day, with the intention of calling attention to the illegality
and immorality of the existence of the Trident weapons system. During
the action they held a banner saying…“Disarm Now Plowshares : Trident:
Illegal + Immoral”, left a trail of blood, hammered on the roadway
and fences around Strategic Weapons Facility – Pacific (SWFPAC) and
scattered sunflower seeds throughout the base. They gained entry to
SWFPAC where they were detained, and after extensive questioning by
base security, FBI and Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS),
were cited for trespass and destruction of government property, given
ban and bar letters and released.
In a joint statement, the group stated that “The manufacture and
deployment of Trident II missiles, weapons of mass destruction, is
immoral and criminal under International Law and, therefore, under
United States law. As U.S. citizens we are responsible under the
Nuremberg Principles for this threat of first-strike terrorism hanging
over the community of nations, rich and poor. Moreover, such
planning, preparation, and deployment are a blasphemy against the
Creator of life, imaged in each human being. “
Organizational endorsers of a Statement of Support for the Disarm Now
Plowshares include Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Pax
Christi USA, a number of Catholic Worker communities and Witness for
Peace. Individual endorsers include Nobel Peace Laureate Maireed
Maguire, Jim Douglass, Frida Berrigan and Martin Sheen. The support
letter and endorsers can be viewed at
There have been approximately 100 Plowshares Nuclear Resistance
Actions worldwide since 1980. Plowshares actions are taken from Isaiah
2:4 in Old Testament (Hebrew) scripture of the Christian Bible, “God
will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many
people. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their
spears into pruning hooks. And nations will not take up swords against
nations, nor will they train for war anymore.”
The Trident submarine base at Bangor, just 20 miles west of Seattle,
is home to the largest single stockpile of nuclear warheads in the
U.S. arsenal, housing more than 2000 nuclear warheads. In November
2006, the Natural Resources Defense Council declared that the 2,364
nuclear warheads at Bangor are approximately 24 percent of the entire
U.S. arsenal. The Bangor base houses more nuclear warheads than
China, France, Israel, India, North Korea and Pakistan combined.
The base has been rebuilt for the deployment of the larger and more
accurate Trident D-5 missile system. Each of the 24 D-5 missiles on a
Trident submarine is capable of carrying eight of the larger 455
kiloton W-88 warheads (each warhead is about 30 times the explosive
force as the Hiroshima bomb) and costs approximately $60 million. The
D-5 missile can also be armed with the 100 kiloton W-76 warhead. The
Trident fleet at Bangor deploys both the 455 kiloton W-88 warhead and
the 100 kiloton W-76 warhead.
Visit http://disarmnowplowshares.wordpress.com for complete
information, including biographical statements and links to the work
of the Disarm Now Plowshares.
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