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Originally posted by trollz
That is one place in particular that you do not want to mess around with. Just as you'd expect to be shot for tearing towards Area 51 at full speed in your vehicle of choice, you DO NOT mess with nuclear facilities. They're extremely secure, and for very good reason.
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 trespassed onto the property.
Well, cutting a fence & entering a nuclear facility was just stupid, and where is it written that elderly & even elderly nuns are exempt from doing wrong/harm? Age and occupation are no defense in this criminal activity.. and it was criminal. I do not think that these folks are terrorist threats, but they did perform what we would consider a terrorist act had it been someone else.
Originally posted by purplemer
This looks just plain crazy in my eyes. When the heck have non-violent anti-nuclear peace protesters become terrorists. Three peace terrorists trespass on Oak Ridge Y-12 nuclear weapons production facility. They cut through some fences and spayed slogans on the wall and sung peace songs until they where arrested.
Acts of peaceful protest are not terrorists. Granted they broke the law and should face the consequences of there actions. But it should be noted activism plays an integral and important role in a free democratic system. We have right to challenge and protest on peaceful terms. No one should be given the power to take that away.
The USA was founded on acts of massive disobedience. Without such action it would not exist today. It looks like the politicians and law makers have forgotten their cultural heritage.
In just ten months, the United States managed to transform an 82 year-old Catholic nun and two pacifists from non-violent anti-nuclear peace protestors accused of misdemeanor trespassing into federal felons convicted of violent crimes of terrorism. Now in jail awaiting sentencing for their acts at an Oak Ridge, TN nuclear weapons production facility, their story should chill every person concerned about dissent in the US.
From left, Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli. (Photo: Saul Young/News Sentinel)
Originally posted by RobinB022
I know this sounds paranoid... but I wonder if the Gov't. is actually trying to get the revolution started. I mean.. they're doing everything but inviting us to show our hand. I even imagine them in meetings asking each other, 'What's it gonna take.'
Originally posted by FurvusRexCaeli
She's being sentenced as a saboteur (saboteuse?), which is what she is. She sabotaged the security of a uranium enrichment plant by cutting holes in the fences, while carrying out a conspiracy to alter US nuclear weapons policy. Under Chapter 105 of Title 18, that's sabotage. She was not charged with terrorism, and I haven't found a direct quote, in context, from the court regarding terrorism.
Everyone has a Constitutional right "peaceably to assemble." But you don't have a right to damage and evade the security of a US government nuclear facility and assemble on their property, then repaint their property and pour blood on it. That's not a peaceable assembly. It's criminal.
These three knew that, of course. The entire point of their exercise was to make the government arrest them. That's always the point of these look-at-me stunts. If they go free, nothing lost. If they go to jail, they make the government look mean and spend their last few years playing mahjong in a Federal Bureau of Prisons retirement home. It's a no-lose scenario.