Watch: US gov’t charges nun, anti-nuclear activists with sabotage (VIDEO)

Published: December 6th, 2012 at 6:36 pm ET


Title: Nuke Protesters Jailed
Source: Huffington Post
Date: December 6, 2012
h/t Anonymous tip

Three anti-nuclear activists, including a nun, are charged under the Federal Sabotage Act for vandalizing the walls of a uranium facility with blood and peace messages.

[…] As part of an updated indictment announced on Wednesday, Greg Boertje-Obed, Michael Walli and Sister Megan Rice could spend 20 years in prison for the felony crime of injuring national-defense premises under the Sabotage Act.

“They are innocent of all these charges and feel that everything they did was legal and moral, and I think they believe that this (new charge) is ridiculous,” said Bill Quigley, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans and one of the attorneys representing the three. […]

Rice said she was unmoved by the additional years in federal prison she and her fellow demonstrators now face. “We have considered all of that long before we went in,” she said. “We feel this is something to give our lives for.”

[…] As the case proceeds it will likely remain an embarrassment for the federal government, which failed to secure the enrichment facility against three aging peace protesters. But it will also provide a public platform for the three to make their anti-nuclear views known to a public that has largely ignored the movement since the end of the Cold War. […]

In response to a question about whether the protesters did “willfully injure, destroy and contaminate, and attempt to injure, destroy and contaminate national-defense premises,” as the indictment charges, Rice said, “Each of the verbs you have repeated would apply to what the government would do in the nuclear weapons industry alone.”

The case, she said, is “a very good opportunity to point that out to those who live in a state of denial.”

Published: December 6th, 2012 at 6:36 pm ET


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19 comments to Watch: US gov’t charges nun, anti-nuclear activists with sabotage (VIDEO)

  • Sister Megan Rice and friends are heroes.

    Her words ring loudly with truth.

    I believe it was done out of 'necessity'.

    It's the government's failing to keep a site secure as promised.
    (as required)

    A couple of points:

    1. How else do you prove it's not secure?
    2. Now they will try to punish her for making them look bad.
    3. She caught them with their pants down.(+1)
    4. Good thing they weren't real terrorists.

    They really should get a medal!
    They have my thanks and best wishes.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Heroes, all three! They got this issue into the media. Now, it will be our job to keep it there.

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      HP's coverage is a bit disheartening, but, at least they're making mention of it and gave it some air time with a vid, however, bland the 8 mins is. They could have at least mentioned what the facility does and what makes it dangerous enough that 3 people just chucked away their freedom to draw attention to it. Gonna have to wait for the New Yorker or Atlantic Monthly for actual coverage maybe, though the fellow with the nicely dyed hair did provide an eensie weensie bit of history. Btw, they all looked smarvalous, darling. As far as these young reporters are concerned, the issue is about how secure the gate was, and not what was behind the gate worth giving up these 3 people's futures for. It's scary to think that they may actually be the ones reporting on the developments when this goes to trial. In that case, the news blackout will remain so safe and secure that not even a geriatric uppity nun with her cronies could penetrate it. But, again, that's what HP pays them for.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad


    • ftlt

      GREEN ROAD: Are you are pimp for a pay to use site???…

      The SUBSCRIBER ONLY links you keep listing are annoying

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Dr. Ernest Sternglass PhD; Childhood Cancers/Deaths Caused By Nuclear Power Plants; via A Green Road

    Quite a legacy that these pro nuclear apologists are leaving to future generations…

  • Max1 Max1

    Exposing the crimes of the State is a crime itself.

    • or-well

      Even thinking the State is criminal…is criminal.
      "Possible 20 Years For Graffiti!" should be a national news story every night until the gov't is laughed out of office.
      The horrifying absurdity that reveals the truth is why it will probably be no more than a news footnote at best.

      • Max1 Max1

        I've always said…
        … Nuclear is NOT safe.

        A gate, a gun, a nun…
        … It could have been bin Laden.

        However those charged in ensuring that nuclear IS safe will never get charged for their incompetence. Ironic, NO?

        • or-well

          Ironic, yes.
          Worse, I can picture news talking heads spinning the "Laws for your protection" theme, promoting "Be afraid", "Nuclear security" and increasing the scope of laws and severity of penalties for anything even like these nuns' actions.
          Eyes down. Move along.

  • Max1 Max1

    Amazing no one is knowledgeable of who the PLOUGHSHARES are.

  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    If anyone should be charged with sabotage, its Pres. Obama (*Who I voted for in 2008 & worked for at the DOE) for turning off the Civil Defense Early Warning System "4" times, when Fukushima fallout NUKED Seattle, San Francisco, Anaheim, LA, San Diego, and all parts of the USA! Check out the fallout Swedish Defense Forces Research Center graph, UC Berkley & So. Cal University studies on the main, NEWS, and sitemap pages at:

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  • yohananw

    RIDDLE: Why is USEC, the United States Enrichment Corporation, so aptly named?

    ANSWER: Although USEC did not find a new technology to enrich and reuse uranium (the ostensible purpose of its privatization and subsidization), the corporation has enriched its officers, directors, and lobbied politicians big time. Thus it is well named the United States Enrichment Corporation.

    The links in refs to 10 articles on USEC by Geoffrey Sea on the ecowatch news site. or see

    >Geoffrey Sea of “Neighbors for an Ohio Valley Alternative” has written 10 articles on the ecowatch news site which expose USEC as a corrupt, hazardous and polluting privatization boondoggle.[12][13][14][15][16][8][17][18] Although in 1996 the National Academy of Sciences estimated that total costs of gaseous diffusion cleanup ranged from $8 billion to $46 billion, Sea reported that USEC plant's decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) fund was diverted and the surcharge was waived.[13] Sea further reported that USEC had threatened the Department of Energy with "a sudden shutoff of power at Paducah at the end of May" despite its charter "to return the facility to DOE 'in safe condition'.”[19] In September 2013, Sea predicted USEC's bankruptcy by 2014.[20] Paducah mayor Gayle Kaler reportedly said “Our priority as a community is first and foremost demanding clean up dollars…"