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North Dakota: Clowns (One from St. Louis) Sabotage Nuclear Warhead

WMD Found in North Dakota: Disarmament Begins
Tuesday June 20, 2006

A Roman Catholic Priest and two Veterans went to a Minuteman III silo this morning and began to disarm the nuclear weapon using hammers.

More Info: Jonah House | "Democracy Now" coverage 6-21 | MP3 Interview with Kabat
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Reverend Carl Kabat, OMI, Gregory Boertje-Obed, and Michael Walli entered the E-9 missile silo on the Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara Nation in North Dakota about 75 miles southwest of Minot. Using a sledgehammer and household hammers, they disabled the lock on the personnel entry hatch that provides access to the warhead and they hammered on the silo lid that covers the 300 kiloton nuclear warhead that is targeted and ready to launch. The activists painted DISARM on the face of the 110-ton hardened silo cover and the peace activists poured their blood on the missile lid.

They were detained and arrested by McLean County Sheriffs and are being held in the McLean County jail. The three have been charged with County Criminal Trespass and Criminal Mischief.

Speaking from jail, Greg Boertje-Obed, from Duluth , Minnesota , explained, “I believe Jesus led us to do this witness based on his teachings of intervening for the sake of the poor. These weapons are killing us and the poor today. I believe this plowshares action is a natural extension of our Catholic Worker mission which is hospitality, providing for the needs of the poor, and defending the poor.”

Carl Kabat, OMI from St. Louis , Missouri added, “We now prepare for the nuclear bombing of Iran with the reasoning that only weapons of mass destruction can stop weapons of mass destruction. We bombed and strafed in Iraq based on lies that the Iraqi's possessed nuclear weapons. We have the weapons here.”

The Minuteman III missile is targeted and on alert for launch. The missile is armed with a warhead that carries 27 times the heat, blast and radiation of the bomb dropped by the U.S. on Hiroshima , Japan in 1945.

The activists say that they are following the nonviolent Jesus, that they are taught by their faith to love their enemies, and that the money used for these weapons of mass destruction is a theft from the poor and should be used for food, housing, medical care and rebuilding the infrastructure of our country.

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OUR STATEMENT

WMD Here Plowshares
North Dakota
E-8 Minuteman III Missile Silo
June 20, 2006

Please pardon the fracture of the good order. When we were children we thought as children and spoke as children. But now we are adults and there comes a time when we must speak out and say that the good order is not so good, and never really was. We know that throughout history there have been innumerable war crimes. Two of the most terrible war crimes occurred on August 6th and 9th, 1945. On August 6th, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima , Japan , killing more than 100,000 people (including U.S. prisoners of war). Three days later the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb on the city of Nagasaki , Japan , killing more than 50,000 people. Use of these weapons of mass destruction on civilian populations were abominable crimes against humanity.

The U.S. has never repented of these atrocities. On the contrary, the U.S. has deepened and expanded its commitment to nuclear weapons. The U.S. built a large nuclear-industrial complex which has caused the deaths of many workers and has resulted in killing many more people by nuclear testing. Our country built thousands of nuclear weapons and has dispersed weapons-grade uranium to 43 nations. Each Minuteman III missile carries a bomb that is 27 times more powerful than those dropped on the Japanese people. The building of these weapons signifies that our hearts have assented to mass murder. Currently the U.S. is seeking to research a new class of smaller nuclear weapons – demonstrating its desire to find new uses for weapons of mass destruction.

The U.S. is rushing down the path that leads to more death and destruction, ultimately bringing this nation and other nations to ruin. Therefore we issue a call for national repentance. We make an urgent appeal to the people of the U.S. to change course – to place our security in God and not in weapons of mass destruction.

We have chosen to start the process of transformation and disarmament by hammering on and pouring our blood on components of the Minuteman III nuclear missile system. We believe that the concrete that goes into making missile silos would be better used for building homes. We know that total disarmament of our first-strike system of nuclear weapons will require national repentance with a change in the hearts and minds of the people of the U.S. The pouring of our blood is meant to make visible the bloodshed resulting from the production, testing, and use of nuclear weapons. We believe the message in the Bible that after Cain killed his brother Abel that Abel's blood “cried out from the ground.” We hear our sisters' and brothers' blood crying out from the ground. We believe that God hears these cries and grieves deeply over every person whose blood is shed.

We call ourselves the “Weapon of Mass Destruction Here Plowshares” to highlight that our nation has thousands of horrific weapons of mass destruction. U.S. leaders speak about the dangers of other nations acquiring nuclear weapons, but they fail to act in accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty which commits the U.S. to take steps to disarm its weapons of mass destruction. We act in order to bring attention to people's responsibility for disarming weapons of state terrorism. We can begin the process of exposing U.S. weapons of mass destruction, naming them as abominations that cause desolation, and transforming them to objects that promote life.

We dress as clowns to show that humor and laughter are key elements in the struggle to transform the structures of destruction and death. Saint Paul said that we are “fools for God's sake,” and we say that we are “fools for God and humanity.” Clowns as court jesters were sometimes the only ones able to survive after speaking truth to authorities in power.

Is there hope for the world? Yes – if people begin to live the truth now. We believe that Jesus reveals who God is, and that God is a God of love and nonviolence, teaching us to love all people, even our enemies. Furthermore, the prophets Isaiah and Micah prophesy that there will come a time when people will learn the ways of God and

“They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

By our plowshares/pruning hooks action we have tried to make visible God's will for disarmament and peacemaking. By living this truth we hope to shorten this murderous age – closing the gap between the future hope for universal peace and our present reality of endless violence and war-making. We begin to bring hope into the present moment.

-Carl Kabat, OMI, Greg Boertje-Obed, & Michael Walli
 
 

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6-12 Interview with Carl Kabat

Here is an interview with Carl Kabat recorded on 6-12-2006 in St. Louis, before he left for North Dakota.
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45min Interview with Carl Kabat (33MB, MP3)
In this interview, Carl explains his lifelong dedication to direct protest against nuclear armaments in the US.

Apologies for poor audio quality; the inteview was recorded on very short notice with limited equipment resources.
 

that's good stuff, but for next time -

1.It's better to work in the shroud of darkness
2.If it's possible, take down electrical poles. (This countries power comes from the workers who make it, but also - if you can't organize the workers - just topple some electrical lines, and that will leave the ruling class without power - literally)
but none the less - congrats!
 

Re: that's good stuff, but for next time -

Messing with the grid may be good for some things, but I seriously doubt a missile silo is dependent on the accessible power grid.
 

Re: that's good stuff, but for next time -

Rich people can afford generators, idiot.
 

Re: North Dakota: Clowns (One from St. Louis) Sabotage Nuclear Warhead

I say "Right On" to these folks who, though they may be committed to "non-violence", see the need for sabotage for a good cause. I guess this act was property destruction, but the military is (supposedly) public property, so the missile belongs to them as well as all of us.
 

Nice Reporting (not)

"Sabotage Nuclear Warhead" and "began to disarm the nuclear weapon using hammers" are in the title and in the article. Yet, the warhead and missile were never touched or even seen by the "clowns". Interesting.
 

Re: Nice Reporting (not)

yea but how the hell are you gonna get in easily if the door is hammered shut, sure its no big jog for the local police to get some pliers on it but it is completely symbolic, they are people, not rocket scientists, who the fuck knows how to disarm a nuclear warhead, its not as easy as making toast
 

Re: Nice Reporting (not)

What do you expect from a small group of individuals, none of whom knows anything special about the nukes, besides the fact that nukes can kill millions of innocent people? Are you expecting them to actually break into a heavily fortified missile silo with mere hand tools and permanently disable the weapon?

These guys were doing a direct action of protest against nuclear armaments, in the most spectacular way they were capable of. Just becase the gov't has (very effectively) sealed its nukes off from access doesn't mean it's pointless to do acts of protest such as this. It's more a demonstration of the degree of disgust with nukes, than an attempt at effectively disarming the gov't.

Besides, the missile silo presumably was taken out of operation in one way or another while repairs were, so these "clowns" did achieve their goal, briefly.
 

Legal Update

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June 29, 2006
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Weapon of Mass Destruction Here Plowshares
Indicted on TWO Federal Felony Charges


On June 20, 2006, a Roman Catholic priest and two veterans of military service went onto the E-9 missile silo in North Dakota .
Greg Boertje-Obed, Michael Walli and Carl Kabat, O.M.I.
- used hammers to disable the lock on the personnel entry hatch that provides access to the warhead;
- hammered on the silo lid that covers the 300 kiloton nuclear warhead that is targeted and ready to launch;
- painted "It's a sin to build a nuclear weapon" on the face of the 110-ton hardened silo cover and
- poured their blood on the missile lid.

Immediately upon arrest, the three were held on county charges. Today the Plowshares activists were charged under the following:
- 18 U.S. Code 1361 (Depredation of Government Property) and
- 18 U.S. Code 2155 (Sabotage).
Their next court date will be a bond hearing on July 5. They will appear before Federal Magistrate Judge Charles S. Miller at the Bismarck Federal Court, 220 E. Rosser Ave. , Bismarck , N.D.

If convicted on both charges, Carl, Mike and Greg face up to 30 years in prison.

“It is our faith to uphold God's laws, and our duty and responsibility to stop this government from threatening to use or using weapons of mass destruction. We call for the conversion of each and every weapon,” said Carl Kabat in a phone call from prison.

The resisters said in their statement: “We have chosen to start the process of transformation and disarmament by hammering on and pouring our blood on components of the Minuteman III nuclear missile system. We believe that the concrete that goes into making missile silos would be better used for building homes.”

The peace activists have been moved from the County Jail in Washburn to Bismarck - proximate to the Federal District Court . It is most unlikely that any of the three would be willing or able to pay bond and be released. Therefore, for the foreseeable future, they can receive mail at:

Burleigh County Jail
P.O. Box 1416
Bismarck , ND 58502
 

Re: North Dakota: Clowns (One from St. Louis) Sabotage Nuclear Warhead

great stuff. next time, why dont you hit the missile with a hammer to blow all of us to heaven (or hell respectively)
 

Re: North Dakota: Clowns (One from St. Louis) Sabotage Nuclear Warhead

How gay
 

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