- Silo N-8

Shortly before 8 a.m. on August 6, Carol Carson drove herself to the gates leading to nuclear missile silo N-8, near New Raymer, Colorado, the same silo where Fr. Carl Kabat was arrested last April. Hiroshima Day coinciding with the Roman Catholic celebration of the Transfiguration of Jesus, Carson prayed from the liturgical readings for that day.

"I had a white handkerchief, crystal plate, crystal goblet, bread and fruit juice, a candle, the bible, and crucifix. I blessed the bread and fruit juice... After praying I placed the items in a tapestry bag... then proceeded to take the hammer, wire cutters and bag, and I cut a hole through the gate..." Carson also cut through a second gate, then walked up to the silo and hammered on the lip as she recited the words of Isaiah from the Bible: "Beat your swords into plowshares and your spears into pruning hooks."

Coming through the second gate, Carson accidentally cut her hand. With her forefinger, she took her blood and "made the sign of the cross in blood on top of the missile silo."

Air Force personnel arrived soon thereafter. Carson was arrested and jailed overnight. She was released on her own recognizance the next day, charged in state court with criminal mischief to agricultural land and second degree criminal trespass.

In Weld County Court in Greeley on October 5, Carson pled guilty to trespass and was fined $300 and ordered to pay restitution and court costs.

The Nuclear Resister
October 2004