|A Trident Submarine|
"We got through. We were carrying banners with us that said 'Disarm now.' We carried some of our own blood to spill on the ground." Bischel and the others were arrested and charged, and late last year they were found guilty on all counts of conspiracy, trespassing and destruction of government property.
Their motivation for breaking into the base had no malicious intent, Bischel says. It was to warn of the dangers of nuclear weapons, and make people aware of the nuclear warheads near Bremerton. "It's probably the largest stockpile of nuclear weapons in the United States that are there to arm eight Trident submarines, and there's 24 missiles on each submarine, each missile carries weapons that are anywhere from six to 30 times the power of the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima," he says. "It's in our back yard. I couldn't ignore that. It's a big pile of death that is there."
The group's objective was not allowed to be entered in the federal court testimony, nor was Bischel's justification for the property crimes. "If you were going down the road and a house was burning and there's a child or a person trapped in the upper story, you don't ask if you can break down the door to get in. We certainly liken our action to that," Bischel says.
Prosecutors say the protesters went too far when they broke into a secure area, endangering themselves and military guards. Bischel and the others will be sentenced at the end of this month - March 28th - and they each face up to 10 years in prison. Bischel has no regrets and no remorse for what he did. He would do it again. "You could say I'm unrepentant," says Bischel.
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