Nonviolence, Community, Resistance: Jonah House | WitnessPhoto | tom | swordsplsh

On August 6, 1987, Hiroshima Day and the Christian feast of the Transfiguration, Tom Lewis, along with Margaret Brodhead and Dan Ethier entered the South Weymouth Naval Air Station near Boston at dawn. They hammered and poured blood on the bomb bay doors and bomb racks of a P-3 Orion nuclear-capable anti-submarine plane which can use nuclear depth charges and homing torpedoes to attack submarines. They hammered as well on the magnetic anomaly detector of an S-H 2F LAMPS MK-l Sea Sprite helicopter. (These same types of aircraft are currently deployed by U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf and are an integral part of U.S. offensive anti-submarine warfare strategy, which allows the Navy to project force in the Middle East as well as Central America). They also hung pictures of Hiroshima victims on the aircraft as well as a "Swords Into Plowshares" banner. In a signed statement and indictment they left at the site, they said "the blinding light of that first atomic bomb turned life into death, but the blinding light of the Transfiguration revealed that death would be turned into life in Christ's Resurrection." They further charged the "Nuclear National Security State" with contravening international and divine laws. They were taken into custody by base security shortly after their action.
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