CLAM LAKE, WISCONSIN: Wisconsin Police arrest Christian Peacemakers

January 19, 2001
By Greg Rollins

Seven members of the Christian Peacemaker Teams and one local resident were
arrested on January 14 for entering the U.S. Navy's ELF station--a first
strike communications transmitter for nuclear-armed Trident submarines--to
ask for its closure.

ELF (Extremely Low Frequency) is a Cold War facility that enables the US to
launch an attack, thus triggering a nuclear war. By sending low frequency
transmissions through the ionosphere, the Navy is able to relay a one way
message to submarines deep in the oceans world wide to attack. Those
opposing ELF maintain that with the death of the Cold War, the system is
obsolete and consumes funds from the US public that could be put to better
use in social programs such as education and health care.

Prior to the arrests, a group of about thirty vigiled outside the Navy's
property speaking on behalf of the voiceless; forests, fish, and the animals
of the world effected by ELF, and the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
When the peacemakers crossed onto Navy property, the police informed them
that they would be arrested if they did not leave. The eight chose to
continue their witness and the police placed them under arrest, issuing them
all citations for trespassing.

Chris Schweitzer, one of the eight arrested, convinced an officer to deliver
a letter to the Navy buildings on the base asking for the closure of ELF.
Then the arrestees returned to their friends and supporters outside the gate
where they had a closing circle to conclude their protest.

Those arrested were: Christine Caton, Waterford, CN; Jerry Stein, Nazareth,
TX; Jane Wright, Toronto, ON; Matt Guynn, Richmond,IN; Greg Rollins, Surrey
(Vancouver), BC; Chris Schweitzer, Silar City, NC; Keith Young, Kalamazoo
OH; Rodney Moose, Luck, WI.