1 April 2011
CPT INTERNATIONAL: CPTer Anne Montgomery and four other Plowshares activists sentenced for trying to enforce international laws against nuclear weapons
On 28 March 2011, five Disarm Now Plowshares activists who entered U.S. Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor (Washington, USA) in November 2009 to disarm symbolically the nuclear weapons stored there, received sentences ranging from to six to fifteen months confinement and one year supervised release. Long-time CPTer Sr. Anne Montgomery, sentenced to two months in jail plus four months electronic home monitoring, said, “We join those…deprived by our wars and military budget of a human way of life.”
On All-Souls Day, 2 November 2009, Bill Bichsel, 82, Stephen Kelly, 62, Susan Crane, 67, Lynne Greenwald, 61, and Montgomery, 84, used bolt cutters to break through a chain-link fence in an area where Trident submarine nuclear warheads are stored. They walked almost four miles into the base and cut through two more fences and alarm wires, ignoring a sign warning that deadly force was authorized against intruders. After putting up banners and scattering blood and sunflower seeds, they prayed until they were arrested.
Noting their “lack of remorse” for breaking into the base, Judge Benjamin Settle told the five Disarm Now Plowshares defendants that their protest was “a form of anarchy” that could lead to a “breakdown in the social order.”
All five of the activists claimed they were not guilty because U.S. nuclear weapons violate international law, but the judge refused to allow them to use that argument during the trial.
Those who wish to write (letters only) to Montgomery and the other defendants may do so using the following address:
NAME & REGISTER NUMBER
FEDERAL DETENTION CENTER
P.O. BOX 13900
SEATTLE, WA 98198
Fr. Bill Bichsel 86275-020
Susan Crane 87783-011
Lynne Greenwald 40672-086
Fr. Stephen Kelly 00816-111
Sr. Anne Montgomery 03827-018