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5th. Anniversary of Pitstop Ploughshares Action at Shannon, Tactical Genius Revealed

category international | anti-war / imperialism | news report author Sunday February 03, 2008 20:15author by CW - {CEE CW Cigány HQ - doubter division} Report this post to the editors

{special hints for a very special branch listed below}

How special is the Special Branch?
Not so much...

Happy 5th. anniversary of the Pitstop Ploughshares Feb 3 03 disarmament action at Shannon Airport 5 years ago today .

The Irish Special Branch continue to have the hots for the Pitstops

The Branch can't figure out what tactical mastermind managed to compromise their security 5 days after Mary Kellly had done the same in her disarmament action, 4 days after Special Branch with uzis were deployed to Shannon to stop a recurrence and 3 days after an Irish Minister on the popular Late Late Show guaranteed the U.S. military refueling base at Shannon was now totally secure . The tactical mastermind can now be revealed download attached photo!

Since the Pitstops acted at Shannon, over 1 million Iraqis (according to the Lancet Report) have been killed and millions more have been displaced and injured. 3,900 U.S. military personel, most who would have passed through the small departure lounge at Shannon, have returned home in body bags. Over 10,000+ U.S. combat veterans have evacuated with permanent injuries...due to advances in medical backup many who would have previously died from such injuries are now kept alive in a state of severe physical trauma. Another 10,000+ have been evacuated with injuries they should recover from.

Meanwhile in Britain injured veterans are treated like shite by the government who sent them to kill and be killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. See link....,,2251682,0....html

The war esclates (100 killed in suicide bombings in Baghdad in the last few daze, 5 U.S. army killed in Iraq this past week) and expands (C.I.A. bombing of northern Pakistan this past week) as the anti-war movement largely evaporates from public view.


There are initiatiaves to redress this trend the London Catholic Worker has put out a call for all those opposed to the war to publicly vigil against the war for an hour a week

Meanwhile nonviolent resistance continues

Nonviolent direct anti-war intervetion on the U.S. presidential nomination process is being planned in San Francisco. See link....

The Raytheon 9 lads go to trial in Derry in April. See link...

Betsy Lamb, Fr. Jerry Zawada, Fr. Steve Kelly, Fr. Louie Vitale remain in U.S. prisons for their nonviolent resistance to torture traing at Fort Huachuca. See link.... http://www.tortureontrial,org

Christians Against All Terrorism Before the Courts in Darwin, Australia

Catholic Workers in England are before the courts for their nonviolent resistance at Northwood HQ. See link....

Nonviolent Resistance continues to occur in the U.S. military. See link...


Meanwhile, Shannon Airport continues to be exposed as servicing the CIA rendtion program. See link

Friends returned to protest at Shannon in the past few weeks. See link....

The Pitstops are all in good form

Deirdre remains in Ireland active in the anti-war scene

Damien is organsing against NATO bases being built in Poland.
See Link...
Damien has a blog

Ciaron is based at the London Catholic Worker with Fr. Martin Newell (Jubilee Ploughshares) and (Shannon banshee) Zelda Jeffers
See link...

Ciaron has a blog

From all reports Nuin and Karen are in fine form.


The documentary film "Route Irish" archiving the nonviolent direct action taken at Shannon is is now easily viewable on google.
and you can download it from the new page for 'Route Irish' at

If you're interested in ordering a DVD of this 90 minute doc. Email

Harry Browne's "Hammered by the Irish" dealing with the Pitstop Ploughshares action and trials should be published in the U.S. in the coming months. This is an earlier synopsis published by the Dublin Review of Books.....

Rosalie Riegles "Doing Time" featuring interviews with Deirdre, Ciaron and Harry about custodial experiences of nonviolent direct actionists should also be published this year.

Sharon Nepstead's academic analysis of the plowshares movement should also be published in the U.S. this year.

Last week Ciaron was stopped by the Irish Special Branch who are still puzzled how the Pitstops pulled off the action five years ago and anxious that it may be repeated!. Yes folks, today we can reveal the brains behind the outfit, (see attached photo!) it was Sponge Bob that hatched the cunning plan! He went thataway.............

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A Special Hint for a Special Branch
A Special Hint for a Special Branch

author by paul o toolepublication date Sun Feb 03, 2008 21:55author email pauljotoole at eircom dot netauthor address author phone Report this post to the editors

Congradulations to ye all. Did ye get Mr. Crabs recepie for his 'special' sauce or will Sponge bob keep that secret also??
Mabey his spatula could be used to disarm the next one...whenever.
Pity the people of this god forsaken country diddnt keep it up, might have prevented a few thousand kids from getting murdered with the blessings of Bertie, Harney, Mc.Doughall, the cops and the branch all hiding behind orders comming from the white house.
As Gene Kerrigan in the sindo wrote...'The aquittal of the catholic workers was the only act of sanity in these insane times.
Well done,again. Paul.

author by "Lawful Excuse"publication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 05:37author address author phone Report this post to the editors

LINK-Harry Browne's "Lawful Excuse" article on the Pitstops in Dublin Review of Books.................

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author by Martin Happysonpublication date Mon Feb 04, 2008 12:05author address author phone Report this post to the editors

After checking out the picture above "A Special Hint for a Special Branch",
I am pretty sure that the one on the far left is wanted in connection with the Love Ulster riots.
His photo fit picture was on Crimecall.
The rumour on the street is that he's hiding out in a place called Nickelodeon.
Anyone with further information should contact the police.

author by redjadepublication date Tue Feb 05, 2008 16:50author address author phone Report this post to the editors

from Agence France-Presse
February 4, 2008

When Saad Tawfiq watched Colin Powell's presentation
to the United Nations on February 5 2003 he shed
bitter tears as he realised he had risked his life and
those of his loved ones for nothing.

As one of Saddam Hussein's most gifted engineers,
Tawfiq knew that the Iraqi dictator had shut down his
nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programmes
in 1995 -- and he had told his handlers in US intelligence
just that.

And yet here was the then US secretary of state --
Tawfiq's television was able to received international
news through a link pirated from Saddam's spies next
door -- waving a vial of white powder and telling the
UN Security Council a story about Iraqi germ labs.

"When I saw Colin Powell I started crying. Immediately.
I knew I had tried and lost," Tawfiq told AFP five years
later in the Jordanian capital Amman.

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more links about this article
and commentary at

basic fact is they knew there were no nukes, they knew there was no AlQ connection to Saddam, they knew Iraq would collapse into ethnic genocide, they lied about it all, and close to a million have died since because of Bush, Blair, Powell and so on. And Ireland still plays its supporting role

...and how many of the highjackers came from Saudi Arabia?
...and how many of the highjackers came from Saudi Arabia?

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author by Eoin Dpublication date Tue Feb 05, 2008 22:12author address author phone Report this post to the editors

It's good to hear you're keeping well. The pitstop ploughshares set the bar pretty high, this time five years ago. Too high for some people's liking (the leader of one political party phoned me that morning demanding what-the-hell-and-who-the-hell-was-that!?!).

We should celebrate Mary's action which preceded it, and all the other hell raising and trouble making that's come and yet to come to demilitarise Shannon Airport for good!

Peace and best wishes to all!!

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