Punishing free speech but not murder

Brian Terrell (left) and other drone protestersBrian Terrell (on the left in the picture), a co-coordinator of WNPJ member group Voices for Creative Nonviolence, has been sentenced to six months in prison for a nonviolent protest of drone warfare that took place last April.

Brian and other protesters -- including Mark Kenney, who is serving four months, and Ron Faust, who is on probation -- took part in a peaceful action at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri because the base controls lethal predator drones that bomb communities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

In his statement during the sentencing hearing, Brian asked, "How to speak of an appropriate sentence where no crime has been committed?  No crime committed, at least, by the defendants?  Last month’s trial in this courtroom concerning a protest of killer drones flown from Whiteman Air Force Base left no doubt that this is the case."

Read his entire statement on the VCNV website, here.