Saturday, December 10, 2005

Pine Gap, Australia - Five members of the peace group Christians Against All Terrorism are facing seven year prison sentences for breaking into a top secret joint United States/Australian military base in central Australia near Alice Springs. Donna Mulhearn, 37, of Sydney, Jim Dowling, 50, of Dayboro near Brisbane, Brian Law, 51, of Cairns, Adele Goldie, 29, of Brisbane, and Sean O'Reilly, 47, of Brisbane, are accused of cutting holes in inside and outside the facility while performing a "citizens' inspection". The group is part of the Christian anarchist Catholic Worker Movement.

A Briton is also facing prison time for an anti-war protest. Douglas Barker, 72, may be jailed for withholding income taxes in protest of the current war in Iraq. Increasingly more and more Americans are also choosing to withhold taxes from the government as an anti-war protest. The New York City based War Resisters League is one group that helps individuals to stop paying taxes that aid the military and do so without being prosecuted.