Three Sisters from Sacred Earth & Space Plowshares arrested at Missile Silo
near Greeley, Colorado
16 October 2002
Contact: Jonah House, 410-233-6238
Three Dominican sisters involved in the Sacred Earth & Space Plowshares action at Peterson AFB two years ago -- Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert, and Jackie Hudson -- were arrested October 6 after entering the N-8 missile silo in northern Colorado. They are expected to be charged with federal felony charges. Sr. Ardeth Platte said that the group took documents with them, detailing the merger of Space Command and Strategic Command. In the new Air Force, she said, the intercontinental weapons of death have direct connections to the pre-emptive warfare plans enacted at Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain, Buckley, and Offut Air Force Bases.
Two of the sisters -- Carol Gilbert and Ardeth Platte -- are part of the Jonah House Community in Baltimore, Maryland; Jackie Hudson, is a member of Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action in Poulsbo, WA. All three were on the site for several hours, and, in an act of disarmament, hammered on the tracks that carry the lid of the silo to its firing position. They then poured their own blood on the tracks and the silo, and took down a section of the fence surrounding the site.
Upon completing the action, they began their liturgy. They were able to complete the liturgy and sing many songs and hymns before they saw air force personnel in the distance. They were ringed with humvees and machine guns pointed at them by military personnel.
The three were dressed in white mop up suits - as used by crews doing toxic clean up. On the back of their suits they had stenciled: CWIT (Citizen Weapons Inspection Team); on the front they had stenciled: Disarmament Specialists
The three nuns stated in a prepared letter that, "For some of you this news may be difficult. We can respond only by telling you that we are breaking through our own fears and intimidation, that we refuse to be immodbilized by the intense call to patriotism that masks the lies, theft and killing of permanent war-making."
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Sisters Jackie Hudson, Carol Gilbert, and Ardeth Platte were arraigned today in front of Magistrate Slaughter in the Federal Courthouse in Denver. They are charged with a 2 count Grand Jury indictment:
Count One Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2155 Injury/Interference/Obstruction of the National Defense of the United States.
Maximum Penalty 20 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine
Count two: Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1361 Injury of Property of the United States.
Maximum Penalty 10 years imprisonment, $250,000 fine
The trial is set for December 16 in federal court with Judge Robert Blackburn presiding. The case number is 02-CR-05. The pre trial conference is set for December 13.
A rally is being planned outside the jail in Georgetown, CO for Sunday November 10 at 2:00 PM
The severity of the maximum sentences for these charges is staggering. No one places as much stock in its weapons of mass destruction as does the United States of America.
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