Friday, April 04, 2003

Attila the Nuns

The AP reports that a Colorado jury is out on the case of Roman Catholic Sisters Ardeth Platte, Jackie Hudson, and Carol Gilbert. The nuns are accused of breaking into a Minuteman III missile silo site on Colorado's northeastern plains Oct. 6, where they allegedly defaced the silo lid by swinging hammers and painting crosses on it with their own blood.

If convicted, the trio could receive a maximum punishment of 20 years imprisonment and $250,000 fine for obstruction of the national defense.

A Google search revealed that Platte and Gilbert have been in and out of jail and prisons for the last 15 years as a result of their protest actions against the US armed forces. In 1999, they were incarcerated for six months after vandalizing a B-52 bomber on display at the Andrews Air Force Base air show with a hammer and blood.

This is offensive. These crimes are serious. If convicted, offenders like Platte, Hudson, and Gilbert deserve to be punished under the full weight of the law.

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