Anti drone protestor departs for federal prison

Last April [2012], Brian Terrell and two others were arrested for trespassing while protesting the US drone program at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Brian has been sentenced to six months in federal prison.

Here is his farewell message to friends and supporters (which you may not have seen if not on VCNV or nodrones e-lists.)
I thought you might like to read it. — JR

dated Nove. 28, 2012


A last message as I prepare to ‘surrender’ to federal authorities in
Yanton, SD, for six months on Friday:

Thank you for the outpouring of support, prayers and solidarity in the
weeks since my sentencing. My own responses to these many kindnesses
have been haphazard and diffuse- if I have not replied to each one
individually, it is not for lack of gratitude.

I have tried to use this time well. At home on the farm I have planted
garlic, trimmed the goats’ hooves. done some winterization, spent time
with community and friends here. I have also traveled to Syracuse to
support another courageous and creative act of resistance against
drone warfare at Hancock Air Field and made a tour of the midwest,
speaking in Minneapolis, Madison, WI, Chicago, and Columbia, MO.

There seems to be in these last weeks a new openness to speaking about
the issue of the drones. It is as if with the dreadful distraction of
the presidential election over, people are wiping the sleep from their
eyes and are shocked to see the evil that had been festering while
they were not looking.

I have had countless media interviews, both in the ‘movement’ venues
and in the mainstream where I have experienced a more sophisticated
level of discourse than usual. One you might want to listen to is with
David Swanson at

TeleSUR, Latin American TV out of Caracas included an interview with
me in a pre-election news feature. They talked with activists in
Occupy, SOAW, etc, on the state of the US. My interview is about 18
minutes in.!es/video/sueno-aplazado
The footage by Rodger Routh that TeleSUR used is on Youtube-

My timing could not be better and I am happy to have had the
opportunity to speak to so many people and to be making a modest
contribution to this crucial discussion.

My mailing address until the end of May will be:

P.O. BOX 700
YANKTON, SD  57078

Yankton is one of the more comfortable berths that the US penal system
provides. There is access to email, even, but it is strictly
controlled through the government’s own system, expensive and with
messages sent or received only to and from approved contacts. I will
wait until I know more before I decide if and how I might use it.

Fran Fuller has agreed to pass on messages from me to this list.
Letters are welcome, but I may be limited in out-going mail. If you
write, I will be especially anxious to hear about acts of resistance
and peacemaking in your communities. If you are too busy working for
peace to write to me, I will be just as grateful!

Many have asked about mailing me books, thank you. Paperback books and
magazines may be sent with the notation “CONTENTS–AUTHORIZED
PUBLICATIONS” on the package. Hard cover books must come from a
publisher or business like Amazon. If you wonder if I might have
already been sent a book or subscription, Fran has agreed to
coordinate- please ask her, <>, and you might let
her know what you have sent. I will let Fran know what is lacking from
the prison library after I get settled there.

Betsy and the others here on the farm will see that my commissary
account is provided for. To contribute to my needs in prison and to
the ongoing work here in Maloy, please send checks to Strangers and
Guests CW Farm, 108 Hillcrest Drive, Maloy, Iowa 50836.

As I go away I am especially grateful for support of Betsy and our
grown children, Elijah and Clara, and to Veronica and Becky at the
Farm. I go in solidarity with the many friends working for peace,
those around the US, Europe, Pakistan resisting the drones  and my
colleagues in Voices for Creative Nonviolence, some who are right now
in Gaza and in Iraq and with Catholic Workers everywhere. I go in
solidarity with prisoners every place, my heart especially hurting for
friends I marched with in the streets of Bahrain last February who are
now in prison there enduring torture and abuse that I will not be
facing in my more privileged cage in Yankton.

I go without regret and with only a little anxiety. I look forward to
a time of reflection and contemplation after several busy years.
Hold me in the light, as the Quakers say. My love and prayers are with you all.

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