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Bangor 5

Bangor 5
Bangor 5
A team of unlikely "commandos" executes a shocking breach in U.S. nuclear security. Are they enemies of the State or its saviors?

Bangor 5 follows the federal case against five unlikely "commandos" who executed a bold and daring break-in at one of America's most highly sensitive military installations in 2009, the Kitsap-Bangor U.S. Navy Trident nuclear submarine base located 20 miles west of Seattle. The naval base reportedly has a stockpile of some one thousand nuclear weapons, one of the largest in the country. This was an operation reminiscent of a SEAL Team 6 undertaking as the five intruders slipped into the 7,700 acre base by cutting through three fences under cover of darkness, roamed undetected for more than 4 hours, and penetrated a "shoot to kill" zone guarded by Marines. But the Bangor 5 are far cry from a team of strapping young ninjas toting high tech automatic weapons. They are all over the age of 60 and two are in their mid 80's, and include an 85 year old New York City nun from the Society of the Sacred Heart, two Jesuit priests (one 83 years old) and two grandmothers. They had scoped out the base using a map from Google and broke in armed only the power of their moral conviction.

Why would the Bangor 5 risk getting shot to death on a nuclear base? All are longtime peace activists who, borrowing a page from Wiki Leaks, say they felt morally compelled to act as citizen weapons inspectors and expose America's "weapons of mass destruction". The Kitsap-Bangor naval base is the homeport for 8 of the nation's 14 Trident nuclear submarines."There's the capacity operating out of that base to destroy life on the planet," says former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark who appears in the film. The five activists say that level of lethality is immoral and as citizens they are compelled by the Nuremberg Principles to speak out about real or potential actions by the State that imperil humanity. The weapons, they say, also violate the Supremacy Clause of the U.S Constitution which declares international treaties the U.S. has signed are the supreme law of the land. America has signed the Geneva and Hague Conventions (treaties) which prohibit the use of weapons that cannot discriminate between civilian and military targets. The activists hoped to raise these issues as part of their defense, but were precluded from doing so in federal court.

The Bangor 5 are members of Plowshares, an international group opposed to nuclear weapons which follows the injunction of the Prophet Isaiah who urged nations to abolish war and "turn swords into plowshares". They are also embraced by a community of thousands of activists in the Pacific Northwest who have waged a campaign over the past 40 years to raise awareness on the stockpile of nuclear weapons in their backyard and on the lethality of Trident in particular. The activists have granted the filmmaker exclusive access to a treasure trove of "never before seen" archival footage that documents that campaign and is also woven into this film.

The Bangor 5 were all convicted on conspiracy, trespassing and destruction of government property charges and sentenced to prison in March 2011. Now, for the first time they tell their dramatic story exclusively in this feature length documentary. The film follows the Bangor 5's story beginning with the break-in at the naval base, proceeding to their federal trial, and culminating in their conviction and sentencing. Besides telling the personal stories of the five main characters, the film also raises questions about the vulnerability of America's nuclear security and explores the legality surrounding the nation's production, threat of use, and potential use of its nuclear arms.

The documentary is directed by Helen Young www.helenyoungproductions.com
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