Fr Louie Vitale and Sr Megan Rice of the Nevada Desert Experience were interviewed on Sunday 7th November 2010 on KPFK´s World Focus, by Blase Bonpane.
They speak about the hearing at the court date of 18th of November in the federal court in Santa Barbara, where they will have to appear to defend themselves for their stand for peace, and their protest at Vandenberg AFB. They also speak about Drone warfare at Creech AFB near Las Vegas, Guam, and the Marshall Islands where US missiles are being sent to for testing.
“There is No Appeal from Drone Strikes. Our Grief is Still Not a Cry for War”
14 People were arrested in April 2009 for crossing onto Creech Air Force Base near Las Vegas for attempting to stop or at least dialog with commanders of the Predator and Reaper remotely piloted “drones” that are either protecting US forces or are inciting outrage and endless war because they are killing civilians and being used questionably against people in violation of international and US law, depending on your perspective.
The DA (or someone) reversed themselves and belatedly decided to prosecute the activists, some of whom have served in the military or have seen first-hand the destruction in Pakistan and Afghanistan caused by drone and other US air strikes.
Tuesday, Sept. 14
Trial of Creech 14 defendants: Regional Justice Center, 200 Lewis Ave., Las Vegas, 5th Floor (Regional Court, Department 5): 7:30 am rally in at Lewis and 3rd St.; 8:30 am trial scheduled to begin.
It is unclear how long the trial will last: the morning, all day, more than a day?
Also on July 23, Richard Sauder was convicted in federal court in Minot, North Dakota, of trespassing at a nuclear missile silo last April. He was sentenced to time served, 100 days, and released. Sauder spent most of his time on federal hold at the Heart of America Correctional and Treatment Center in Rugby North Dakota.
Sauder wrote to the Nuclear Resister:
I want to thank everyone who wrote to me in jail to voice their support. It was very meaningful to me. Jail is a very isolating place and a psychopathic, harsh environment, so letters of support are and were an extremely welcome and vital tie with the outside. I also want to thank all who wrote to the jail administration to express concerns about the poor diet. The jail security chief informed me after my release that the food service company that prepares the inmates’ meals does so at a cost of 60 cents per inmate per meal. And that one factoid speaks volumes about the unpleasant conditions at the heart of America.
Interview with David Buer OFM from Tucson, AZ, recorded April 24, 2010. Fr David talks about the annual Easter Sacred Peace Walk to the Nevada Test Site, and about the discriminating law SB 1070 in Arizona
Interview with David Buer OFM from Tucson, AZ, recorded April 24, 2010. Fr David talks about the annual Easter Sacred Peace Walk to the Nevada Test Site, and about the discriminating law SB 1070 in Arizona.