August 20, 2012 in National Security
Y-12 is the the Fort knox of America for Nuclear Weapons Grade Material (Uranium)
82 year old Nun and two other protesters get inside complex Housing U.S. Nuclear Arsenal
They were in there 2 hours Inside UnChallenged The stunt Shut Down Facility for 2 Weeks
Three peace activists, including Sister Megan Rice, an 82-year-old nun, were arraigned this morning on federal trespassing charges in connection with Saturday’s pre-dawn break-in at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant, and U.S. Attorney Bill Killian indicated that other charges could be added later.
The protesters, who’ve labeled themselves the “Transform Now Plowshares,” appeared in U.S. District Court before Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton and waived their right, at least temporarily, to a detention hearing. That means that will remain in the Blount County Jail until their preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for 1:30. p.m. Thursday
In addition to Rice, who’s based in Nevada, the other defendants are Michael R. Walli,
63, Washington, D.C., and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, of Duluth, Minn. The three were dressed in two-tone, gray-striped jail garb, shackled at the hands and feet.
The complaint read in court indicated that the trespassing charges against them could carries penalties up to a year’s imprisonment and fines up to $100,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Kirby argued against freeing the defendants until their preliminary hearing. Kirby said they were a flight risk because of their “transient nature,” because they come from other parts of the country and have a history of similar arrests and protest actions. She also called them a potential “danger to the community,” citing the alleged actions over the weekend at Y-12 that went “much, much further” than previous protests in which activists simply crossed the government plant’s boundary line.
The protesters are reported to have cut through three or four fences in order to gain access to high-security areas of the nuclear weapons plant. Once there, they allegedly spray-painted messages and poured human blood on a Y-12 building known as the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility. The facility contains the nation’s primary supply of bomb-grade uranium.