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The Nuclear Resister networks the anti-nuclear and anti-war resistance movement while acting as a clearinghouse for information about contemporary nonviolent resistance to war and the nuclear threat. Our emphasis is on support for the women and men jailed for these actions.  This blog is the online companion to the quarterly Nuclear Resister newsletter, a more comprehensive chronicle.

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Two peace activists arrested at annual vigil to close Ft. Benning’s School of the Americas

roy-paulina-melo-adriana-marilufrom SOA Watch

[Preliminary news about SOA Watch’s 25th anniversary vigil and action at Ft. Benning, Georgia to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas (also known as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation/WHINSEC) and to "remember the martyrs and denounce continued SOA violence against our brothers and sisters in Latin America”.]

Sunday, November 23, 2014

8:30 am: Ain’t gonna let no rainstorms turn us around! It’s a wet morning but spirits are high at the gates. Veterans for Peace march is about to arrive.

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Redefining “Imminent” – How the U.S. Department of Justice Makes Murder Respectable, Kills the Innocent and Jails their Defenders

April 2009 action at Creech Air Force Base.  Photo by Jeff Leys.

April 2009 action at Creech Air Force Base. Photo by Jeff Leys.

from Voice for Creative Nonviolence

by Brian Terrell

Political language can be used, George Orwell said in 1946, “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.” In order to justify its global assassination program, the Obama administration has had to stretch words beyond their natural breaking points. For instance, any male 14 years or older found dead in a drone strike zone is a “combatant” unless there is explicit intelligence posthumously proving him innocent. We are also informed that the constitutional guarantee of “due process” does not imply that the government must precede an execution with a trial. I think the one word most degraded and twisted these days, to the goriest ends, is the word “imminent.”

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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Arrested While Trying to Attend David Petraeus Event in New York

McGovern leaving the police station

McGovern leaving the police station

from The Dissenter, firedoglake.com

by Kevin Gosztola
Friday, October 31, 2014, 1:04 am

(update below)

Former CIA analyst and activist Ray McGovern was arrested [on October 30] as he attempted to attend an event in New York City featuring former CIA director and retired military general, David Petraeus. He was charged with resisting arrest, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct.

At 92nd Street Y, which describes itself as a “world-class cultural and community center,” Petraeus was to appear with John Nagl, who recently wrote a book, Knife Fights about being an army tank commander in the Gulf War of 1991. Neoconservative commentator Max Boot was to join them as well.

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Father and 17-year-old daughter arrested at Beale Air Force Base drone protest

photo by Guarionex Delgado

photo by Guarionex Delgado

My Daughter and I Were Arrested Today By Military Police Guarding The World’s Most Hated Weapon

by Mauro Oliveira

10/28/2014

It was a familiar and warm exchange of greetings and spirited talk. The small group of activists I was with had called out to the military gate guards with a question concerning the spider web like substance that seemed to be everywhere around the base; on cars, vegetation telephone poles, fences, floating in the air and across the land. Men with sidearms and radios in camo fatigues approached us.

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Four anti-nuclear grandmothers found guilty of Mother’s Day trespass at Pilgrim nuclear power plant

Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkeppel

Cape Cod Times/Christine Hochkeppel

Medical expert testifies in trial of Pilgrim nuke plant activists

from the Cape Cod Times

by Christine Legere

October 23, 2014

PLYMOUTH — It’s not safe to live on Cape Cod, according to an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power.

During the final day of the trespassing trial of four anti-nuclear activists from the Cape, Dr. Helen Caldicott testified that it isn’t simply the potential for a major nuclear meltdown at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station that should have people worried. Cancer-causing chemicals are constantly escaping from the reactor into the air and water, she said.

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Nuclear weapons plant protester sentenced to 40 hours of community service

From left, Jim Hannah, Mark Bartholomew, and Henry Stoever crossing the line at NNSA plant.

From left, Jim Hannah, Mark Bartholomew, and Henry Stoever crossing the line at NNSA plant.

Nuclear resisters go to court in Kansas City

by Jane Stoever

Two folks who crossed a forbidden line, all to say they oppose nuclear weapons, came to Municipal Court in Kansas City, Mo., for a hearing Oct. 21. Mark Bartholomew, of Holy Family Catholic Worker House, pleaded “guilty” of stepping across the line, and Judge Elena Franco sentenced him to 40 hours of community service and two years of probation. Henry Stoever, peace lawyer, pleaded “not guilty,” and Franco will try him for his resistance Friday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m.

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Activist begins 12 day prison term for refusing to pay an unjust fine related to resistance to naval base construction on Jeju Island, S. Korea

Sung-Hee  (third from right) shortly before going to prison, with other members of the Gangjeong International Team

Sung-Hee (third from right) shortly before going to prison, with other members of the Gangjeong International Team

by Sung-Hee Choi

(Sorry for my hurried translation)

I, Sung-Hee Choi, enter 12 days’ prison as of today’s date, October 13, refusing to judicial oppression and enforcement of fines on me. (600,000 KRW, about $600 USD), even though I think that I am no-guilty. It is not because I agree with imprisonment but I intend to expose the coercion of the judicial oppression on the protesters against the Jeju naval base project through my unjust imprisonment.

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Three NSA drone protesters acquitted on one charge, low fines on others

16035263-standard by Ellen Barfield

A quick but comprehensive trial today in U.S. District Court in Baltimore, Maryland for three women who protested drone targeting at the National Security Agency at Ft Meade, Maryland, resulted in acquittal on one charge and conviction but low fines on the other two charges.

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Challenging Drone Warfare in a U.S. Court

Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker speaking with supporters

Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker speaking with supporters

by Kathy Kelly

On October 7, 2014, Kathy Kelly and Georgia Walker appeared before Judge Matt Whitworth in Jefferson City, MO, federal court on a charge of criminal trespass to a military facility. The charge was based on their participation , at Whiteman Air Force Base, in a June 1st 2014 rally protesting drone warfare. Kelly and Walker attempted to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter to the Base Commander, encouraging him to stop cooperating with any further usage of unmanned aerial vehicles, (drones), for surveillance and attacks.

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Australian peace activists detained and assaulted by SAS on Swan Island

Australian peace activists inside Swan Island  Military Facility.  Swan Island Peace Convergence Photo

Australian peace activists inside Swan Island Military Facility. Swan Island Peace Convergence Photo

from Swan Island Peace Convergence

Before dawn on October 2, eight peace activists entered the top secret Swan Island military base near Queenscliff, Australia. The group entered in the early hours of the morning to nonviolently disrupt preparations for the imminent war in Iraq. Four of the activists were discovered, detained and assaulted by SAS soldiers on the base. The treatment of the activists by the SAS bordered on torture.

The experiences of the four were:
- Forcibly stripped naked, handcuffed, struck on the face and choked
– Activists’ clothing were cut off with knives
– Hessian bags were placed over their heads and they were told “welcome to the bag, motherfucker” and asked “do you want to go for a swim” before being dragged naked across the ground
– SAS personnel stood on activists’ heads and backs causing injury and said “If you move we will kick you in the face”
– Dragged and dropped on the ground when they didn’t respond to questions

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