But the three activists, Adrian Leason, Fr Peter Murnane and Sam Land who allegedly deflated the protective dome covering a satellite dish at Waihopai last year have laughingly been charged with little more than intentional damage and burglary – rather than sabotage.
They now face a maximum of 6 years in jail rather than 14 had the charges been made under The Terrorism Act.
A trial is scheduled for The Wellington High Court in March next year.
New Zealand obviously is a soft-option for those like Ploughshares Aotearoa group behind the attack who want to see the Taliban returned to power in Afghanistan, Saddam Husseins old government reinstated in Iraq, and are willing to attack the equipment of those trying to bring peace and security to the peoples of these embattled countries.
To re-fresh your memory immediately after allegedly setting the Kiwi taxpayer back a million bucks with their wanton vandalism, the trio built a shrine and knelt in prayer to remember the people killed by United States military activity. Hardly surprisingly no prayers appeared to have been offered at the time to the victims of al-Qaeda or the despotic regimes that New Zealand and other countries are spilling blood to remove.
All three ‘Christian Activists’ facing trial have long histories of Anti-American protests.
Sam Land (above) was arrested in a similar attack at Pine Gap in Australia (2006).
All three are staunch Catholics and in accordance with their Churches teachings they want to see an end to The Jewish State of Israel.
Adrian Leason (above) hatred of The Jewish State and went as far as organising a pro-Hamas pro-Palestine protest in Wellington (January 2009 - post the base attack) and for theatrical effect dressing his six year old daughter up in bloodied bandages, like so.
After looking at the despicable way he manipulated his own young-child for his own political gain you’ll be amazed to learn Leason was in-fact at one stage seen fit to be a senior Child Youth and Family adviser - at National Office level!
Father Murnane was a flat-mate of convicted (in absentia) Islamic terrorist Ahmed Zaoui and threw blood all over the Wellington U.S Consulate office in 2003.
Despite being expressly forbidden by the Courts in Blenheim last year for those charged with the attack not to mix in each other company – guess who turned up in his bloodied bandages to have his chance to preach anti-Semitism at Leason’s protest?
That’s right it’s good old Friar Murnane getting stuck into those ‘Christ Killers’.
Footnote: Just to emphasis the deep-seated Anti-Jewish streak amongst the protesters in Wellington later that day another Catholic Priest desecrated an Israeli war memorial.
As I have stated before had the person who attacked the Waihopai Base been Mullah Mohammed Omar rather than a Catholic Friar Murnane - Police Prosecutors would view this differently.
Had they all bowed to Mecca after the attack rather than knelling and praying to a Christian god, we would be seeing the first religiously inspired terrorist trial in March rather than these watered-down civil charges.
Hopefully by the end of March, Leasons brat will really have something to cry about.