|On January 4, 1999 five Gods of Metal Plowshares activists
were sentenced to prison for terms ranging from four to ten months following their
conviction for willful damage to government property stemming from their disarmament
action against a B-52 bomber at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington. Federal
Judge Alexander Williams gave each defendant the lowest sentence under the sentencing
guidelines stating that "Its clear to me that youre sincere in your
" Defendant Kathy Boylan equated the B-52 to a Nazi gas chamber and
to the chains placed on slaves. Defendant Carol Gilbert said "By our actions we
intended to disarm these gods of metal. They are illegal and they must be disarmed."
Prosecutor Patrick DeConcini, a catholic and son of former senator Dennis DeConcini, when asked if it was difficult for him to be prosecuting two nuns, two priests and a grandmother, replied "I think thats fair to say."
Contact: Liz Walters, IHM, 1664 Church Street, Detroit, MI 48216.