Breaking: Sister Megan Rice and Friends Sentenced for Break-in at Oak Ridge

From Al Jazeera:

Sister Megan Rice, an 84-year-old radical nun who broke into a nuclear weapons facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn., in protest against the nation’s nuclear arsenal, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to 35 months in federal prison.

“Please have no leniency with me,” Rice told the judge. “To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest gift you could give me.”

The judge said he considered her age and her decades of good works and just could not give her what could amount to a life sentence. He asked that Rice use her “brilliant mind” to lead to change in Washington, D.C., and not use it to break laws in Tennessee.

Her co-defendants, Michael Walli, 65, and Gregory Boertje-Obed, 58, were sentenced to 62 months on charges of interfering with national security and damaging property at the Y-12 National Security Complex in July 2012 — the facility that once provided the enriched uranium for the Hiroshima bomb.

The activists put up banners, splashed blood and beat hammers against the walls of the storage facility in a biblical reference to Isaiah 2:4, “They shall beat swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.”

The defense argued the trio acted in accordance with their religious beliefs and did not mean to cause any harm with their action, which follows a series of anti-nuclear protests organized by “Transform Now Plowshares,” a collective of pacifist activists looking to draw attention to the nation’s nuclear weapons arsenal.

Read more here.  TransformNowPlowshares should have an announcement soon.

You might fin it an odd choice of videos, but I love the anchor defending her from charge of being ‘not all there’.  We should all hope to be as ‘there’ as the good nun and her friends.

4 responses to “Breaking: Sister Megan Rice and Friends Sentenced for Break-in at Oak Ridge

  1. This is indirectly on topic:

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/nation/25726350-418/leak-confirmed-at-nuclear-waste-dump-in-new-mexico.html

    Quote: “Federal officials Thursday confirmed a leak of nuclear waste at a southeastern New Mexico repository [near Carlsbad] but it could be weeks before workers can safely access the underground dump to determine what happened.”

    There have been a series of “nothing to worry about” events at the site lately – one being the truck fire underground – the truck was hauling salt because that is what the underground caverns consist of.

    Several news coverages – this one seemed to have the most information.

  2. O, egad: WIPP. sigh and moan…you might want to take the link to harvey wasserman’s current post, juliania. i wondered if i should take this one, as well:

    ‘UPDATE 1-New highly radioactive leak at Japan’s Fukushima plant’

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/20/japan-fukushima-tepco-idUSL3N0LP1AP20140220

    the clear and present dangers are incalculable, and here’s obomba guaranateeing billions to duke energy for more plants with the same flawed design (as if there could be a good design).

  3. I went to send the message out to fdl this morning (put it on ctuttle’s one as they were discussing nuclear energy). Considerable tightening of the linkage on the ixquick site already. For the record, one early statement was a release into the air outside the facility, which my link to fdl doesn’t say. Given that what is stored there contains plutonium residue, that is not a good sign.

    Thanks for the wasserman link, wendye. These things need to be front and center. This is and always will be dangerous stuff to fiddle around with, and there are no easy answers to the consequences. The sooner we all realize this the better.

  4. i reckon the first answer would be a worldwide moratorium on new nuclear plants. second would be decommissioning all atomic weapons. third…trying to become more sane.

    really, are there any known ways to decontaminate nuclear water and land? freezing it as in hanford’s plans…can only go so far, iirc. the half-lives of so many of the radioactive specter…?

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