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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

"No Clowning Around the WMDs"

A priest and two veterens face a federal jury tomorrow on felony criminal damaging charges after vandalizing a Minuteman III intercontinental nuclear missile in North Dakota.  The three men, dressed as clowns, hammered on and poured blood over the 40 ton missile in protest of the US's nuclear weapons policy. They explained the symbolism behind their clown garb--"court jesters were sometimes the only ones able to survive after speaking truth to power [figures]," they said.  If convicted, each faces up to 10 years in federal prison, and a $250,000 fine.  Of course Fr. Carl Kabat, a 72 year old Catholic priest, is no stranger to prison.  He has spent more than 15 years in prison for anti-nuclear protests (articles here and here) and has been arrested for trespassing during execution protests. Story here, pics and background here. [Michele Berry]

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