Brian Terrell

Brian Terrell is a co-coordinator for Voices for Creative Nonviolence and lives on a Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa.

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Friday, August 26, 2016
What Makes a Hate Group?
“As a matter of fact, you have had a person attend your protests in Camp Douglas who has threatened to kill our Deputies.” This piece of startling news was revealed to me in a letter from Juneau County, Wisconsin, Undersheriff Craig Stuchlik dated July 25 . I had written to the sheriff’s department...
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Life Goes On Under the Helicopters and the Terrible Cost of Avoiding the Dangers of Kabul
When I arrived at the Kabul International Airport on November 4, I was unaware that the same day the New York Times published an article, “ Life Pulls Back in Afghan Capital, as Danger Rises and Troops Recede .” My friends Abdulhai and Ali, 17 years old, young men I have known since my first visit...
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Monday, May 25, 2015
Taking Responsibility for Drone Killings- President Obama and the Fog of War
When President Barack Obama apologized on April 23 to the families of Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, an American and an Italian, both hostages killed in a drone attack in Pakistan in January, he blamed their tragic deaths on the “fog of war.” “This operation was fully consistent with the...
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Monday, October 06, 2014
Air War Begins Over Afghanistan, October 7, 2001. Drone Protesters in Court in Missouri, October 7, 2014.
On October 7 , thirteen years to the day from the beginning of “Operation Enduring Freedom,” Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence and Georgia Walker, an activist in Kansas City, will be arraigned in US District Court in Jefferson City, Missouri. They have been summoned to answer charges...
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Saturday, May 31, 2014
'Force Protection Alpha'... Coming to a Town Near You
On April 15, 2014, when the story broke on the world that the Central Intelligence Agency’s covert program of assassination by remotely controlled drones is not distinct from the drone program of the U.S. Air Force as we had been told, I was on the “Sacred Peace Walk,” an event sponsored each...
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Drones, Sanctions and the Prison Industrial Complex
( Common Dreams editor's note: The author is nearing the end of a six month sentence at Yankton Federal Prison Camp for protesting drone warfare at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. He is scheduled for release on May 24, 2013.)
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Friday, October 12, 2012
Murder by Drone Unpunished While Drone Protester Heads to Jail
Editor's note: US District Court Judge Matt Whitworth sentenced Iowa resident Brian Terrell and retired minister Ron Faust this week after finding them guilty of trespassing following a protest by anti-drone campaigners outside Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri earlier this year.
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Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Resisting Drones in Missouri
The United States District Courthouse in Jefferson City, Missouri, is a modern and graceful structure sitting on a bluff over the Missouri River. Less than one year old, it is a virtual temple in white marble, granite and glass, its clean lines all the more immaculate in contrast to its nearest neighbor, the crumbling 19th century hulk of the derelict and empty Missouri State Penitentiary, now a tourist attraction and occasional movie set.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
Ignoring Empire: King, Gandhi, and the 99% Spring
‘99% Spring’ has been declared. ‘This spring, we will … rise up in the tradition of our forefathers and foremothers. We will not be complicit with the suffering in our families for another year.
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Tuesday, October 04, 2011
Justice Obstructed at Bagram As at Guantanamo -- Ten Years Is Too Long
Despite ten years of occupation and untold millions of dollars spent on rebuilding Afghanistan’s broken judicial and criminal justice system, the Afghan courts are “still too weak,” the Washington Post reported on August 12, for the United States to relinquish its control over the Parwan Detention Center on Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. On September 21, the same paper reported that the U.S. military is seeking contractors to significantly increase the capacity of the prison there.
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