Poulsbo nun convicted as result of prote

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 11:10am
http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/116766_nuns10.html

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER STAFF AND NEWS SERVICES

POULSBO -- A Roman Catholic nun from Poulsbo has been convicted along with two other nuns in federal court in Denver of defacing a missile silo by swinging hammers and painting crosses on it with their blood.

Sisters Jackie Hudson, 68, of Poulsbo and Ardeth Platte, 66, and Carol Gilbert, 55, of Baltimore were arrested Oct. 6 after breaking into a Minuteman III missile silo site in Colorado. They were charged with interfering with the nation's defense and causing property damage of more than $1,000.

They were convicted Monday, and sentencing was set for July 25. They each could get up to 30 years in prison, although the lead prosecutor said that was unlikely.


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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 12:21pm
"Nuns of the anti-American jihad"

And what a harmless prank, whacking a nuclear-armed missile!! They SHOULD get 30 years in prison, if not life w/o parole, and all the Prozac or Zoloft that their deeply mentally disturbed selves need!

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 3:36pm
Maybe prayer wasn't working so a back-up plan was needed. Good for them!

 


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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 7:17pm
1) Three NUNS were able to break into a MISSILE SILO - hmmm...what does that say about security? The military should be grateful that these nuns showed them how vunerable the silos are.

2) Nothing they did harmed anything or anyone.

3) They, as EVERY American, are entitled to express their opinion.


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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 7:18pm
True...and what really cracked me up, was that three NUNS were able to break into a missile silo! Sure makes ME feel safe... ;-)

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 7:20pm
I agree that they can express their opinion.But,I thought enetering a restricted area was like a breaking and entering. Now if they had done it in their cloister or whatever.

Annie
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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 7:38pm
But think about it, three NUNS were able to circumvent security at a missile silo??? If they could get in that easily, how safe from a terrorist threat are those silos? I'm not saying that what they did was right, but they couldn't have hurt anyone (nor did they attempt to). Nor, IMHO, do they deserve 30 years prison time either. I'm sure that the court will figure out an appropriate punishment.

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Fri, 04-11-2003 - 12:23am
oh-I didn't know they were supposed to get 30 years.
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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 1:01pm
Personally, I'd also like to see the person asleep at the switch be punished!

One of these days, my public access television show will become a reality! I want to call it "What Were You Thinking?"

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Sun, 04-13-2003 - 6:41pm
Exactly!

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Mon, 05-26-2003 - 8:27am
Update:

http://www.cnn.com/2003/US/Central/05/25/nuns.missile.silo.ap/index.html

Nuns facing likely 8-year prison terms spend days with supporters.


Three Roman Catholic nuns facing possible eight-year prison terms for pounding on a missile silo with hammers and smearing it with their own blood are spending their final days of freedom thanking supporters before a court decides their sentences.

Released from jail for the first time in six months, the peace activist nuns are on a whirlwind tour of potluck suppers, doctors' appointments and visits to family and friends.

"Eight years would be a long time to wait to give that gratitude," said Sister Jackie Hudson.

Hudson, 68, Ardeth Platte, 66, and Carol Gilbert, 55, were charged in federal court with a felony for defacing a Minuteman III silo on Oct. 6 and are scheduled to be sentenced July 25.

The three, dressed in white chemical weapons suits, trespassed on federal land in northeast Colorado, swinging hammers and painting a cross on the silo with their own blood. They argued it was a symbolic disarmament that did not jeopardize national security.

The nuns said they were compelled to act as war with Iraq moved closer and because the United States has never promised not to use nuclear weapons.

They still say they have no regrets.

As they talked about their approaching sentencing, they expressed frustration over being charged with a felony rather than misdemeanor trespassing, as they have been in previous protests.

Prosecutors said the nuns, all closely aligned with the late peace activist Philip Berrigan, showed a blatant disregard for the law and that previous arrests had not deterred them. A federal jury convicted them of interfering with the nation's defense and causing property damage of more than $1,000.

The maximum term is 30 years, but prosecutors have recommended five- to eight-year terms. They nuns are not sure if they will appeal because they are concerned an unfavorable ruling might hurt other activists.

Some peace activists believe the felony conviction was harsh.

In 2001, a priest who broke into a Colorado missile silo dressed as a clown and leaving bread, wine and a hammer, was sentenced to 83 days on a federal trespassing conviction.

A dozen years earlier, Berrigan was convicted of criminal trespassing and sentenced to six months in prison for hammering and pouring blood on a naval battleship in Virginia. He was arrested at least 100 times for his protests and served a total of 11 years in prison. He died last year, but his brother, Dan, continues protest activity.

"It's clearly an attempt to have a chilling effect on other activists," said Betty Bell, who trains peace activists at the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in Boulder. "But it's time that we took these risks to call attention to these injustices."

The nuns served nearly seven months in jail as they awaited trial in the silo case, saying they couldn't promise to remain out of trouble if freed on bond. After their conviction, they were released until sentencing.

Platte and Gilbert returned to Baltimore's Jonah House, an activist community founded by Berrigan. Hudson went to a similar community in Polusbo, Wash. She planned to distribute leaflets against the nuclear submarines at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton.

All three planned to meet at their mother house, the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Dominicans, before they return to Denver for sentencing.

Before leaving Colorado, the nuns returned to the jail where they had been housed to encourage their former fellow inmates, who they taught to knit blankets for babies in foster care. They also stopped by the U.S. Post Office in Georgetown to thank workers for taking care of the dozens of letters they received from supporters around the world.

"It's given us a new energy. It's a spiritual strengthening to know we're not alone," Platte said.


 


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