Four antiwar protesters, including two from Jonah House in Baltimore, were to appear today in U.S. District Court in Syracuse, N.Y., on charges connected to vandalism of two planes and a runway at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y.
Capt. Barney Welch, of the 416th Bombardment Wing at Griffiss, said the protesters splattered paint on a B-52G bomber, poured blood on a KC-135 Stratotanker, caused minor damage to the bomber's external fuel tank with a hammer and damaged a runway with an ax after gaining unauthorized access to the airbase at 6:20 a.m. yesterday.
A group called the Anzus Peace Force Plowshares Community took credit for the raid.
Organization spokesman Max Obuszewski said the protesters entered the base after using wirecutters on a perimeter fence and made a cross of blood on the runway in addition to causing the other damage.