83-Year-Old Nun Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence For Civil Disobedience At Oak Ridge Nuclear Facility

83-year-old nunA nun who peacefully protested against radioactive weapons of war has received a 20-year sentence for embarrassing the military-industrial complex. Via Nuclear News:

An 83-year-old nun who broke into a Tennessee depleted uranium storage facility in 2012, exposing a massive security hole at the nation’s only facility used to store radioactive conventional munitions, was convicted Wednesday and sentenced to a term of up to 20 years in prison.

Sister Megan Rice and two other peace activists were convicted of “invasion of a nuclear facility” in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, even though investigators admitted they did not get close to any actual nuclear material. The three activists are part of a group called “Transform Now Plowshares,” a reference to the book of Isaiah, which says, “They shall beat their swords into plowshares.”

As they invaded the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, a perimeter fence was cut, several surfaces were spray-painted, banners were hung and activists read from the Bible. They also spread human blood on several surfaces, saying its use was symbolic, meant to remind people “of the horrific spilling of blood by nuclear weapons.”

Depleted uranium munitions like the kind stored at the facility Sister Rice targeted are blamed for some of the worst birth defects and soaring cancer rates seen in post-war Iraq, particularly in the city of Fallujah following the siege of 2004, in which U.S. soldiers killed thousands of civilians.

17 Comments on "83-Year-Old Nun Receives 20-Year Prison Sentence For Civil Disobedience At Oak Ridge Nuclear Facility"

  1. The military-industrial complex is an embarassment in itself.

  2. Fucks given?

  3. If everyone against nukes had the balls this nun has there would be no nukes. Think about that. That’s why they made an example of her.

  4. emperorreagan | May 10, 2013 at 3:23 pm |

    Godless commie traitors trying to get too close to our munitions!

  5. BuzzCoastin | May 10, 2013 at 7:11 pm |

    too bad she wasn’t a Wall Shit Bankster
    she’d be outa this jam in no time

  6. one little question- how much human blood and where’d it come from?

    • Calypso_1 | May 15, 2013 at 1:02 pm |

      I’m not sure spilling of blood is the best analogy for nukes. Vaporization would be better.

  7. 1. nuclear weapons were inevitable. 2. the nuclear weapons used against japan saved hundreds of thousands if not millions of lives that a land invasion would have caused.
    otherwise this sentence, if carried out is only more disgrace for the country that is far different that the one i grew up in.

  8. How is breaking into a compound and defacing buildings with blood a “peaceful protest”?

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