Hammered by the Irish: How the Pitstop Ploughshares Disabled a U.S. War Plane-With Ireland's Blessing

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On a damp night in February 2003, as the United States prepared to invade Iraq, five Catholic Worker activists scrambled across runways and broke into a hangar at Shannon Airport. Swinging hammers and a pickaxe, they did more than $2.5 million damage to a US Navy transport plane. The five were hit with the full weight of the law and were quickly condemned by the media and much of the antiwar movement. But, three-and-a-half years later, a Dublin jury decided they were innocent of...

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Overview

On a damp night in February 2003, as the United States prepared to invade Iraq, five Catholic Worker activists scrambled across runways and broke into a hangar at Shannon Airport. Swinging hammers and a pickaxe, they did more than $2.5 million damage to a US Navy transport plane. The five were hit with the full weight of the law and were quickly condemned by the media and much of the antiwar movement. But, three-and-a-half years later, a Dublin jury decided they were innocent of any crime.

Harry Browne is a journalism lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904859901
  • Publisher: AK Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Harry Browne is a journalism lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was employed at The Irish Times for twelve years and has contributed to the Evening Herald, the Sunday Tribune, Sunday Business Post, and The Dubliner. Daniel Berrigan is an activist and poet who teaches at Fordham University. He, along with his brother Phillip and six others, founded the Plowshares Movement's group committed to nonviolent direct action against militarism. He is the author of numerous books, including The Trial of the Catonville Nine, America is Hard to Find, and The Trouble with Our State.
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Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Ch. 1 An Irish Solution 9

Ch. 2 Sowing the Seeds 25

Ch. 3 The Spirit Moves 43

Ch. 4 Getting Airborne 59

Ch. 5 Inside and Out 77

Ch. 6 Watch and Wait 91

Ch. 7 The Trials Begin 109

Ch. 8 Try Try Again 133

Ch. 9 Conscience of the Community 155

Epilogue 173

Index 177

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