EXORCISING RAYTHEON —
[Editor’s Note: Raytheon actually has offices in one of Brisbane’e oldest suburbs at Murrarie!]
The Raytheon Corporation is the world’s larger producer of guided missiles including the infamous cruise missile, which was used heavily in the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Raytheon profits have risen dramatically from both these wars.
Its missiles also killed large numbers of civilians in the 2006 Israeli invasion of Lebanon.
Dear friends, we had another very successful action at Raytheon on Wednesday [24 September 2008].
We had more than 20 people there which was fantastic.
Raytheon finally put in place security which prevented us accessing the second floor. They have a camera in the lift an when you press floor two the office staff look to see who is there before allowing the
lift to go.
This was certainly not unexpected.
So we performed our exorcism just outside the main building doors while others held banners etc on the footpath.
WE posted our pictures on the doors and a large sign saying “Raytheon – Light of the Devil’ above it. We repeated the deliverance prayer for half an hour or so.
Lots of police came including a Superintendent (I think – one with stars on his epaulettes.) The officer with the stars said the owners of the complex (Gateway something or other) requested we be moved. He also calimed their property covered the area to the footpath This was interesting given that in Lisa and my court case (form the first Raytheon exorcism arrests), the magistrate ruled the hallway of Raytheon could be considered public property.
We had some interesting conversation with the first police officer who told us he had studied the bible for 30 years and assured us it told us to obey the police. On the other hand he had never heard of Paul saying we should obey God before humans. He said he would email me the bible quote( but I have yet to hear from him).
Also another worker form upstairs company (something logistics) asked us about Raytheon and took a leaflet and said “good on you” So it looks like other tenants are not necessarily connected to Raytheon. Two police took leaflets. We finally all moved to the footpath and stayed another half hour or so.
Today the [Workers] “Bush Telegraph” website received an email from another employee in the Raytheon building. This person was not so happy with our presence, and thought we were stupid for not realising Raytheon did not make weapons there. Of course we had already made this clear in our leaflets, but certainly do not feel Raytheon Brisbane is any less worthy of our resistance simply because their WMD’s are made elsewhere.
SO the resistance continues. If you want to come to the next action just email me.
On 24 April three members of Christians Against All Terrorism (CAAT), Jim Dowling, Lisa Bridle and Sean O’Reilly entered Raytheon’s Brisbane office. They were welcomed through the glass security door by a staff member thinking they had arrived for a meeting. (Later we reflected on how some of the group were similarly able to miraculously enter Pine Gap two years earlier)
Instead of joining the meeting, the three commenced a Prayer of Deliverance, naming the essence of Raytheon for what it really is, “a spirit of greed, of violence, of deliberate indifference to injustice and human suffering” (see deliverance prayer attached). They posted the walls with photographs of civilians maimed or killed by Raytheon missiles, and spread human blood in the shape of a cross to symbolise the blood shed by these weapons. A candle was then lit and held up to the walls, symbolising bringing the light of Christ to these dark deeds. Holy water was also sprinkled around the office.
During the Deliverance, a large number of people did arrive for the Raytheon meeting and were confronted with the real nature of the Raytheon Corporation.
Staff attempted to force the three to leave the premises.
Jim, Lisa and Sean continued to recite the deliverance prayer, pray and speak of the suffering caused by the Raytheon’s weapons systems, before police arrived at 10.45am.
In a somewhat surreal backdrop, two screens in the office foyer continually played promotional material espousing the work of Raytheon and the ‘challenges’ of modern warfare.
Jenny Nash, Kaye Mc Padden and Rebecca Dowling maintained a vigil outside with banners and placards. Raytheon had only moved into these offices last month. Some staff protested that they had nothing to do with the production of these weapons and were clearly angry at this intrusion into their ‘business as usual’ routine. This witness was probably the first time they have been confronted with the horror of Raytheon’s role in warmaking.
Police arrived and had a lengthy conversation with Raytheon staff in another room. On emerging they revealed that Raytheon did not want to peruse damages charges. They then asked the three to leave. Sean agreed do so whilst Jim and Lisa refused, saying they wished to continue the deliverance.
Jim and Lisa were taken away by police at 11.25am, charged with disobeying a lawful direction and later released.
They appear in court on 29th May (2008) for a hearing date to be set.
Further charges would have required Raytheon staff to present evidence in court and it is clear that is one thing they wish avoid.
To do so would expose Raytheon staff to questioning about their activities and this is one company that in many respects would prefer to stay in the shadows and avoid further scrutiny.
CAAT will continue to witness against the role of Raytheon in warmaking.
On 19 May members of the Raytheon 9 will go to trial in Belfast, Northern Ireland, for their action at Raytheon’s facility in Derry in August 2006.
For more information and to send messages of support see www.raytheon9.org
Anzac Day, 25th April 2008
Photo: Sean, Lisa, Jim and Sr Kaye before the action.