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How the US Turned Three Pacifists Into'Multiple Felony Saboteurs'
May 16, 2013
|In just ten months, the United States managed to transform an 82 year-oldCatholic nun and two pacifists from non-violent anti-nuclear peace protestorsaccused of misdemeanor trespassing into federal felons convicted of violentcrimes of terrorism. Now in jail awaiting sentencing for their acts at an OakRidge, TN nuclear weapons production facility, their story should chill everyperson concerned about dissent in the US.Here is how it happened.In the early morning hours of Saturday June 28, 2012, long-time peaceactivists 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. Y-12, calledthe Fort Knox of the nuclear weapons industry, stores hundreds of metric tonsof highly enriched uranium and works on every single one of the thousands of nuclear weapons maintained by the U.S.Describing themselves as the
Transform Now Plowshares
, the three came asnon-violent protestors to symbolically disarm the weapons. They carriedbibles, written statements, peace banners, spray paint, flower, candles, smallbaby bottles of blood, bread, hammers with biblical verses on them and wirecutters. Their intent was to follow the words of
2:4: “They shall beattheir swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shallnot lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”