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16-05-13 US Turns Three Pacifists Into 'Multiple Felony Saboteurs'

16-05-13 US Turns Three Pacifists Into 'Multiple Felony Saboteurs'

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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.
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.

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|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 
Isaiah
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.”
 
Sr. Megan Rice has been a Catholic sister of the Society of the Holy ChildJesus for over sixty years. Greg Boertje-Obed, a married carpenter who hasa college age daughter, is an Army veteran and lives at a Catholic Worker house in Duluth Minnesota. Michael Walli, a two-term Vietnam veteran turnedpeacemaker, lives at the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker house in WashingtonDC.In the dark, the three activists cut through a boundary fence which had signsstating “No Trespassing.” The signs indicate that unauthorized entry, amisdemeanor, is punishable by up to 1 year in prison and a $100,000 fine.No security arrived to confront them.So the three climbed up a hill through heavy brush, crossed a road, and keptgoing until they saw the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility (HEUMF)surrounded by three fences, lit up by blazing lights.Still no security.So they cut through the three fences, hung up their peace banners, andspray-painted peace slogans on the HEUMF. Still no security arrived. Theybegan praying and sang songs like “Down by the Riverside” and “Peace isFlowing Like a River.”When security finally arrived at about 4:30 am, the three surrenderedpeacefully, were arrested, and jailed.The next Monday July 30, Rice, Boertje-Obed, and Walli were arraigned andcharged with federal trespassing, a misdemeanor charge which carries apenalty of up to one year in jail. Frank Munger, an award-winning journalistwith the Knoxville News Sentinel, was the first to publicly wonder, “If unarmedprotesters dressed in dark clothing could reach the plant’s core during thecover of dark, it raised questions about the plant’s security against moremenacing intruders.”On Wednesday August 1, all nuclear operations at Y-12 were ordered to beput on hold in order for the plant to focus on security. The “security stand-down” was ordered by security contractor in charge of Y-12, B&W Y-12 (a joint venture of the Babcock and Wilcox Company and Bechtel National Inc.)and supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration.
 
On Thursday August 2, Rice, Boertje-Obed, and Walli appeared in court for apretrial bail hearing. The government asked that all three be detained. Oneprosecutor called them a potential “danger to the community” and asked thatall three be kept in jail until their trial. The US Magistrate allowed them to bereleased.Sr. Megan Rice walked out of the jail and promptly admitted to gatheredmedia that the three had indeed gone onto the property and taken action inprotest of nuclear weapons. “But we had to — we were doing it because wehad to reveal the truth of the criminality which is there, that’s our obligation,”Rice said. She also challenged the entire nuclear weapons industry: “We havethe power, and the love, and the strength and the courage to end it andtransform the whole project, for which has been expended more than 7.2trillion dollars,” she said “The truth will heal us and heal our planet, heal our diseases, which result from the disharmony of our planet caused by the worstweapons in the history of mankind, which should not exist. For this we giveour lives — for the truth about the terrible existence of these weapons.”Then the government began increasing the charges against the anti-nuclear peace protestors.The day after the Magistrate ordered the release of Rice, Boertje-Obed, andWalli, a Department of Energy (DOE) agent swore out a federal criminalcomplaint against the three for damage to federal property, a felonypunishable by zero to five years in prison, under 18 US Code Section 1363.The DOE agent admitted the three carried a letter which stated, “We come tothe Y-12 facility because our very humanity rejects the designs of nuclearism,empire and war. Our faith in love and nonviolence encourages us to believethat our activity here is necessary; that we come to invite transformation, undothe past and present work of Y-12; disarm and end any further efforts toincrease the Y-12 capacity for an economy and social structure based on war-making and empire-building.”Now, Rice, Boertje-Obed, and Walli were facing one misdemeanor and onefelony and up to six years in prison.But the government did not stop there. The next week, the charges wereenlarged yet again.On Tuesday August 7, the U.S. expanded the charges against the peaceactivists to three counts. The first was the original charge of damage to Y-12

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