Judge Releases Nun, 82, Who Breached Oak Ridge Security

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Protests at the Oak Ridge nuclear storage facility back in 2010.

I've always thought that people who did actions like this were heroes, because they are taking real risks to stop the immorality of nuclear war. I mean, are we supposed to be mad at them? The people who should be ashamed are the people who keep making these weapons -- and making plans to use them:

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) - A U.S. magistrate judge on Friday ordered the release pending trial of an 82-year-old nun and another anti-nuclear activist charged with breaching security fences at one of the most sensitive U.S. nuclear facilities, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where weapons-grade uranium is kept.

The security failure was an embarrassment for the National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, the Energy Department branch that operates U.S. nuclear weapons plants, and for the international security firm G4S, which owns WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility.

G4S was also at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic Games.

Officials said the facility was shut down on Wednesday at least until next week after peace activists Megan Rice, 82, Michael Walli, 63, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, cut through perimeter fences to reach the outer wall of a building where highly enriched uranium, a key nuclear bomb component, is stored.

The activists painted slogans and threw what they said was human blood on the wall of the facility, one of numerous buildings in the facility known by the code name Y-12 that it was given during World War Two, officials said.

At a hearing in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Kirby argued that all three should remain in custody. "This is a crime of violence," Kirby said.

Really, using nuclear weapons to threaten other nations is a crime of violence -- not an elderly nun throwing blood on the scene of that moral crime.


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