The Nuclear Resister came today. Its lead story follows (are you a participant in the Plowshares tradition?):
Barefoot, pacifist Turi Vaccaro scaled a fence in a Sicilian cork oak reserve and was undetected as he entered the inner security zone of a Pentagon outpost on Armistice Day, 11 November 2015. He climbed 40 meters up the girders supporting one of three large parabolic dish antennas at the base, known as MUOS. Soon enough, he was under the watch of the police but out of their reach.
Yet within Vaccaro’s reach, just around the edge, were many of the antenna’s special reflective panels. Taking action in the Plowshares tradition, his hammer blows for disarmament echoed across the landscape throughout the day.
After 34 hours, in his peace sign t-shirt reading “No NATO, No MUOS”, Vaccaro descended into the open handcuffs of the police. The activist was held overnight and brought to court the next day, charged with breaking into the base and aggravated damage to the tune of 800,000 Euros. He was also charged with violating an order of expulsion from the city of Niscemi, where the MUOS installation is located, due to previous arrests during the long popular campaign opposing it.
Who says we don’t have any heroes these days?