Protester talks about Bangor nuke base break-in

Seattle Times Newspaper

January 12, 2010 at 10:22 PM

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On Nov. 2, five senior citizens, using bolt and wire cutters, broke into Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor to protest its storehouse of nuclear weapons.

Among the group was a Jesuit priest, Bill Bichsel. He and the others were quickly caught and faced charges of misdemeanor trespass and destruction of government property. They were scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 6 in U.S. District Court in Tacoma.

The government has since asked that the charges be dismissed. Prosecutors and investigators say they need more time to determine whether felony charges are more appropriate, said Emily Langlie, the spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. Once that decision is made, then it’s likely charges will be refiled, she said.

The accompanying video is a satirical conversation on the politics of nuclear protest with Seattle Times reporter Mark Rahner.

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