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How the US Turned Three Pacifists Into 'Multiple Felony Saboteurs'


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Oak Ridge, anti-nukes, nuclear plant, TN, uranium, activists, Rice, Boertie-Obed, Walli, terrorism?, peaceful protest )

Nancy
- 489 days ago - alternet.org
In the early morning hours of Saturday June 28, 2012, long-time peace activists Sr. Megan Rice, 82, Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, and Michael Walli, 63, cut through the chain link fence surrounding the Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear weapons production facility and tresp



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Pat A. (117)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 8:40 am
“If unarmed protesters dressed in dark clothing could reach the plant’s core during the cover of dark, it raised questions about the plant’s security against more menacing intruders.” - Sister Megan Rice is 82 - she can't have moved that fast and it seems quite a way they went to make their protest after cutting through several fences - but security didn't arrive till 4.30 am! They must have been in the facility for an hour or more - therefore so could far less peaceful people! Oh my hat!

These three peaceful protestors could have saved the world from a truly horrendous fate had a real terrorist group done what they did - yet the Attorney General saw fit to prosecute them with sabotage! They carried prayer books and a letter saying they intended no harm - and as far as I can see did no harm apart from cutting a few fences. The people whose appalling LACK of security had been highlighted said that the protestors had blackened the name of the US and its defences - whereas anyone with a brain would say that those responsible for leaving security cameras not working for SIX MONTHS and for not responding to perimeter alerts were the ones to blame for that....


 

Sandra Patterson (60)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 11:21 pm
noted,ty
 

John Gregoire (255)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:59 am
Now you know why the government of Obama got all upset and cancelled the "red team" drills we used to have. That's where a Seal team checks the security of such installations by conducting mock raids and then issues a report-always negative and very embarassing to the politicians who cut funding, etc.
 

jan b. (3)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:52 am
GOOD QUESTION ? OKAY - Our bridges aren't safe. Our dams aren't safe. Our roads aren't safe. Our food isn't safe. Why would anyone assume our nuclear plants are ?
I think these trespassers should get a slap on the wrist after investigating their background and intentions....but just like the Manning incident ...where can they draw the line....(but they have to. ) ?
 

Michael Kirkby (85)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:46 am
If anything the government should have been thanking them for revealing the laxity of security and not prosecuting them. A simple bill for the fence destruction would have been sufficient; a misdemeanor at best. This is just another example of how the government wastes your tax dollars while choosing to ignore real problems and concerns.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Monday May 20, 2013, 11:13 pm
The government has reduced itself once again. Thank you for the sad news. We need a petition to help them.
(n, p, t)
 

Judy C. (107)
Monday May 20, 2013, 11:40 pm
This is really a horror story! I can't believe how the initial trespassing charges were blown up into this nightmare! I agree that this action by the pacifists was really doing everyone a favor. This system is totally sick and perverted.
 

Teresa Cowley (274)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 8:50 pm
How bogus is this?! The government, the military, security at the facility, all come out of the artical looking like the inept, corrupt, bumbling fools they are.
Now the government is placing "blame" on it's senior citizens--the blame lies on those government agencies not doing their jobs!
Thanks Nancy--wish there was a petition to sign and circulate!
 

Lois Jordan (56)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 4:06 pm
Noted. Thanks, Nancy. The title of the article says it all for me.
 

Elizabeth M. (67)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 4:30 pm
Read with interest an noted. This sure is a travesty of justice in my opinion!!! They should be thanked for showing where the breaches in security are. Thank You Nancy.
 

Genoveva M M. (332)
Saturday May 25, 2013, 6:17 pm
Thanks for the article.
 

Faye Swan (23)
Sunday May 26, 2013, 3:01 am
Noted - thank you!
 

Carol H. (229)
Monday May 27, 2013, 5:30 am
noted, thanks Nancy
 

Helen Porter (40)
Monday May 27, 2013, 4:12 pm
I think these nobel activists may have saved our country from destruction by their demonstration of the
vulnerability.

These are heros who knew what they were doing and were willing to pay an awful price.
 
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