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|The Baltimore Emergency Response Network (BERN), believing it
is hypocritical for the U.S. government to demand weapons inspections in Iraq, but be
unwilling to allow access to U.S. installations, formed its own Citizen Weapons Inspection
Team to search for evidence of research on weapons of mass destruction at the Applied
Physics Laboratory of local Johns Hopkins University.
Wearing "Authorized Citizen Weapons Inspection Team - Johns Hopkins University
Applied Physics Laboratory" badges, seven people entered the administration building
in an attempt to obtain unfettered access to all areas of weapons research. However, the
inspectors were not permitted to meet with APL Director Gary Smith, and were told to
leave. Five inspectors who refused were eventually arrested for trespass.
Ellen Barfield, Jen Kipka, and Max Obuszewski were tried and convicted on May 4. All
refused to pay a fine and court costs, and were alternately sentenced to jail - ten days
each for Barfield and Obuszewski, five days for Kipka. Barfield and Kipka served their
time immediately; Obuszewski did later in May. Codefendant Jeri Crum-Vanlandingham did not
appear, having sent the court a letter denouncing APL and indicating she had moved to
California. A warrant was issued for her arrest. Inspector Doug Matson is scheduled for
trial July 1.
For more information, contact BERN, 311 E. 25th Street, Baltimore, MD 21218,