Friday, August 7, 2009

Missile-protesting priest arrested in Colorado

Missile-protesting priest arrested in Weld Co.
By Kieran Nicholson
The Denver Post

Posted: 08/06/2009 03:10:59 PM MDT

Updated: 08/06/2009 03:15:47 PM MDT

Carl Kabat gestures as he talks about his arrest in Weld County in 2004. (Denver Post file photo)

A 75-year-old priest from Illinois was arrested today at a U.S. Air Force missile silo in Weld County.

The Weld County Sheriff's Office said in a media release that it received a phone call at about 8:50 a.m. from an "agent with the Air Force" about a trespasser at a silo.

The man was there to do "damage" to the silo, the agent told the sheriff's office.

Carl Kabat, who has been arrested several times before for trespassing on nuclear missile sites, was booked Thursday into the Weld County Jail and held on suspicion of criminal mischief and trespassing, both misdemeanors.

Capt. Mary Danner, chief of public affairs at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, said sensors detected a break-in at the silo.

Security was dispatched and Kabat was found behind a fence on the grounds of the silo. He was held until a sheriff's deputy arrived, Danner said.

Danner did not release details on the arrest, citing the case as ongoing.

She did say that Kabat was "peaceful during his entire detainment."

He's been arrested in Colorado and North Dakota in previous, similar protests and has been convicted, spending at least 14 years in federal prisons.

In 1994 he donned a clown suit and declared himself "a fool for Christ," using a sledgehammer to beat on a silo in North Dakota. He's placed bread, wine and a hammer on top of a silo and prayed for peace.

F.E. Warren Air Force Base is responsible for overseeing 150 missiles in southeastern Wyoming, northern Colorado and southwestern Nebraska.

Danner said responders had no choice but to arrest him.

"The men and women in uniform, we defend people's rights to protest," Danner said. "But if you break federal laws in the process, you will be arrested."

In a 2000 story in The Denver Post, Kabat laid out his cause.

"St. Paul says to do good and resist evil," Kabat said. "These weapons of mass destruction, they're insane."

Kieran Nicholson: 303-954-1822 or



Thursday, August 6, 2009
Priest arrested for breaching missile silo

A Roman Catholic priest was arrested this morning after cutting a hole in a fence in a Weld County missile silo and entering the facility.

Weld Sheriff deputies responded to a missile silo between Weld County Roads 86 and 88 along Weld County Road 113 at 8:50 this morning on report of a man trespassing.

There, they found a 75-year-old man inside the perimeter of the fence, and was arrested without incident.

The silo is one of 150 missile silos patrolled by security teams from Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne. All silos have sensors, which alert the base to someone's presence.

Warren authorities expected the breach after an article that ran in the Monday edition of the St. Louis Dispatch, stating Carl Kabat, a Roman Catholic priest, was planning the breach to cap off 25 years of nuclear protests.

For more information, read Friday's Tribune.


Statement to the Press


"The Roman Catholic Church, of which I am a priest, at the close of its Vatican Council II in 1965 condemned nuclear bombs as a crime against humanity and are to be condemned unreservedly.

The World Council of Churches has proclaimed that 'the manufacture, deployment or use of nuclear bombs is a crime against humanity.'

I support President Barack Obama's desire and have attempted to do my little bit in his effort.

The nuclear bomb that is in the ground here is more than 20 times more powerful than the atomic bombs we dropped on the Japanese. Each of those bombs killed more than 100,000 people. At lest twenty times that number totals more than 2 million people.

The Bible says in the words of Isaiah. 'They shall beat their spears into pruning hooks and their swords into plowshares.'

May the Holy One have mercy on us for not doing so."

Fr Carl Kabat


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