On a damp night in February 2003, as the US prepared to invade Iraq, five Catholic worker activists scrambled across runways and broke into a hangar at Shannon Airport. Swinging hammers and a pickaxe, they did more than GBP2.5 million in damages to a US Navy transport plane. The five were hit with the full weight of the law, and were quickly condemned by the media and much of the anti-war movement. But three and a half years later, a Dublin jury decided they were innocent of any crime.
Harry Browne is a journalism lecturer at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He was employed at The Irish Times for twelve years and has contributed to the Evening Herald, the Sunday Tribune, Sunday Business Post, and The Dubliner. Daniel Berrigan is an activist and poet who teaches at Fordham University. He, along with his brother Phillip and six others, founded the Plowshares Movement's group committed to nonviolent direct action against militarism. He is the author of numerous books, including The Trial of the Catonville Nine, America is Hard to Find, and The Trouble with Our State.