Brian Terrell was recently released from a 6-month prison sentence for protesting military drones.: Pictured are Terrell with his wife, Betsy Keenan, flanked by a staffer from the Yankton Federal Prison Camp (right). (Photo: Beth Preheim, Emmaus House / Yankton Catholic Worker)
During a six-month sentence at the Yankton Federal Prison Camp, Brian Terrell watched as America’s secretive drone war became more visible to the public.
In fact, on May 23 — the day prior to Terrell’s release — President Barack Obama spoke frankly about the nation’s use of drones and the need to use their lethal power sparingly.
Terrell was sentenced last October in a district courtroom in Jefferson City, Mo., to six months in federal prison after being convicted of trespassing at the Whiteman Air Force Base near Knob Noster, Mo., earlier in the year. He and two others were arrested during the nonviolent action during which they sought to speak with military officials about drone strikes.
Terrell, who resides in Maloy, Iowa, is a Catholic Worker and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
Speaking with the Press & Dakotan via telephone, Terrell said he doesn’t believe the president really wanted to deliver that speech.