Nuns Arrested at Colorado Missile Silo
October 7, 2002

Contact: Loring Wirbel, 719-481-3698

Greeley, Colo. - Three sisters involved in the Sacred Earth and Space Plowshares action at Peterson Air Force Base two years ago - Ardeth Platte, Carol Gilbert, and Jackie Hudson - were arrested Sunday, Oct. 6 after entering the N-8 missile silo area in northern Colorado.

The sisters, associated with Jonah House in Maryland, stayed on the site for several hours, poured blood on the silo doors, and took down a section of the fence surrounding the site. They were charged with state felonies for trespass and criminal mischief, but are expecting to face additional federal felony charges.

Sr. Ardeth Platte said that the group took documents with them, detailing the merger of Space Command and Strategic Command. In the new Air Force, she said, the intercontinental weapons of death have direct connections to the pre-emptive warfare plans enacted at Peterson, Schriever, Cheyenne Mountain, Buckley, and Offut Air Force Bases. Platte, Gilbert, and Hudson were transferred from the sheriff's office to a local jail in Greeley Sunday afternoon.

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