The perpetrators are members of the Plowshares Movement, a Christian Pacifist group that has staged similar protests before.
Last month I reported that a Travis Air Force Base had been stormed by a man driving a flaming pick-up.
The man was identified as 51-year-old Hafiz Kazi. A review of current news items show that no additional information has been posted on Kazi’s motive.
Now another base has been the target of a break in, and this time the perpetrators are Catholic.
Seven Catholic peace activists were detained early Thursday at the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base in Georgia after entering the installation to protest nuclear weapons.
The protesters were “carrying hammers and baby bottles of their own blood” when they entered the base, according to a statement from fellow activists. “They also brought an indictment charging the U.S. government for crimes against peace,” it said.
A Kings Bay spokesman said the anti-nuke group entered without authorization and smeared what appeared to be red paint on buildings and signs around the base.
The base is the home port of several submarines capable of launching nuclear-tipped Trident missiles. The activists detained for this raid are Elizabeth McAlister, Mark Colville, Clare Grady, Martha Hennessy, Jesuit Fr. Stephen Kelly, Patrick O’Neill, and Carmen Trotta.
Several members have a long history of anti-war stunts prior to this incident.
…Kelly has spent over 10 years of his life detained for similar protests, and Hennessey is the granddaughter of Catholic Worker Movement co-founder Dorothy Day. Patrick O’Neill is the founder the Fr. Charles Mulholland Catholic Worker House in North Carolina, and a longtime NCR contributor.
McAlister is also a longtime proponent of antiviolence and civil disobedience cases and a co-founder of the Jonah House in Baltimore. According to a book written by her daughter, Frida Berrigan, McAlister and her husband, the late Philip Berrigan, spent 11 years apart in detention during their marriage.
The Plowshares Movement is a Christian Pacifist movement that has staged similar protests in the past.
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this story is how readily this protesters entered the base.
It’s possible the seven activists were there for hours before they were caught, and [Kings Bay public affairs office spokesman Scott] Bassett confirmed security measures at the base are being reviewed.
“I believe they walked on,” Plowshares supporter Jessica Stewart said. “They went through a fence and walked on. Surprisingly, considering it’s a nuclear installation, I don’t think it was difficult for them to gain access.”
How bad is it when a group of aging, Catholic hippies break into a supposedly secure military installation? Let’s hope the Department of Defense is crafting more robust security measures in the event this incident inspires others to try something similar, but with an entirely different set of goals in mind.DONATE
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