This year President Obama has stepped up drone strikes, which took out, among others, Sakhar al-Taifi, a key al-Qaeda commander in Afghanistan. Such strikes disturb a coalition of Muslim groups, sixties reenactors and the religious left now launching stateside protests.

On October 30 some 50 anti-drone protesters, many from churches and religious organizations, showed up at Beale Air Force Base, near Marysville, California, home to the 9th Reconnaissance Wing. Beale deploys unarmed drones to gather intelligence but that cuts no slack with protesters such as Sharon Delgado founding director of Earth Justice Ministries and a United Methodist minister.

"I just want to shut down the business as usual at the base," the Rev. Delgado told reporters. "The longer the better."

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