Skip to comments.Nuke ops halted after protesters enter TN complex
Posted on 08/02/2012 5:06:04 AM PDT by EBH
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) Nuclear operations were temporarily halted Wednesday at a Tennessee complex that stores and processes uranium after three protesters, including a nun, were able to intrude into a high-security area over the weekend. The Y-12 National Security Complex said all nuclear material is safe.
The temporary stand-down was expected to end by next week. Special nuclear material will be moved to vaults on site, and contractor security personnel will undergo training and refresher instruction.
The protesters were found hanging banners in the dark and singing on Saturday and offering to break bread with the security guards at the Oak Ridge complex, officials said. They were arrested.
The nuclear complex regularly gets protesters and activists to the site around the August anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
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I doubt they got even near anything important, but still an embarrassment.
They got over the last fence. (4 fences) in a facility that is authorized to shoot to kill after the first breach. They got to the buildings!
If they could do that...a few islamic extremists could cause great mayhem...
You have to remember that killing unarmed protesters, especially a nun/pretty girl/etc , would do more damage to the facility through politics than terrorists ever could.
Friends blog tells more of 3 protesters Y-12 actions
According to information on a blog written by Ellen Barfield, who describes herself as a friend, the three protesters, “calling themselves Transform Now Plowshares, hammered on the cornerstone of the newly built Highly-Enriched Uranium Manufacturing Facility (HEUMF), splashed human blood and left four spray-painted tags on the recent construction, which read: Woe to the empire of blood; The fruit of justice is peace; Work for peace not for war; and Plowshares please Isaiah.’”
Wyatt said the protesters “put themselves at great risk.” He said security forces could have shot the protesters. “We’re thankful that didn’t happen.”
The protesters have been involved in other similar incidents at other federal facilities and each has served time in federal prison.
Walli and Boertje-Obed were convicted of defacing a federal facility and trespassing charges in 2006 at a missile facility in Garrison, N.D. Boertje-Obed was released from prison in 2007, and Walli was released seven months ago in January, according to records.
Rice, a Catholic nun, spent time in prison for actions to close the School of the Americas/WHINSEC at Fort Benning, Ga. She was also convicted of trespassing in the “Creech 14” protest case stemming from a Las Vegas case that targeted Creech Air Force Base and the use of unmanned drones.
Plans to cut Y-12 staff havent changed despite security breach
Any chance we can have them jump the fence at 1600 Penn Ave in DC?
They know they would be shot there.
That was the idea!
If I am a Wahabbist terrorist, I would don the mantle of ‘anti-nuke protester’ and probe the defenses of nuclear facilities under that guise.
I wonder if DoE at Oak Ridge had cut back on security as well?
Lock them in the room with the Cobalt 60 for thirty minutes..
Ping plans to cut security.
Sort of my thinking. What the heck was security thinking? Or maybe they were all asleep.
I tell folks that most of us have absolutely no idea how damaging a bad administration (Carter, Clinton, 0bama) really is ... most of the damage is hidden. Like this.
The plan to cut up to 34 security police officer jobs at the Y-12 National Security Complex hasnt changed, despite a breach of a high-security area early Saturday morning
Should read "security personnel will be FIRED!"
This is happening across the DOE nuclear complex. Los Alamos is planning to cut 31 more security officers due to budget cutbacks.
Armed guards should shoot to kill when people invade a secure area.
They do not come in peace. They come to rid the US of our arsenal. They believe that Iran is perfectly permitted to “defend” themselves with nukes.
When they denounce Castro and other dictators who held nukes, maybe they can more justly claim themselves to be in good standing as patriotic citizens.
There are plenty of places to hold protest. Illegal entry to do so is not just.
I think the budget cuts have more to do with stimulus funds running out. ARRA has pumped billions into DOE. That’s the problem with jobs from government ‘stiumulus.’ The only way to keep them is to keep pumping the money into them, since they don’t generate any actual wealth.
I don’t understand these people. Dropping two nukes was an act of mercy over Japan fighting to every last man, woman and child.
They believe the propaganda, like somewhere around half of all Americans seem to want to.
They managed to get inside the plant itself. That is very serious and far more than an embarrassment. Worse the antiwar is trying to make them folk legends. www.knoxnews.com has a letter to the editor today trying to portray them as Prophets I kid you not. Letter: Nuclear protesters are prophets Notice though it is not a local person writing the praises of their deed.
The so called Prophets are in federal custody in Blount County Jail instead of Anderson where this took place for some reason. Perhaps access to the federal courthouse in downtown Knoxville is faster I'm not certain. Blount County accidently released a federal convicted felon a week or so ago. The felon has yet to be located.
They should have never seen the light of day.
Protestors? What protestors? No protestors here.
You say you plotted with them to enter a national
secure area? Too bad, hold out your hands while
we read you your rights.
Security at the plants are contracted. That needs to end and in house directly responsible D.O.E. hire their own security for the facility. This is a case where a federal security force to protect a national security key facility is clearly warranted.
I'm roughly 15 miles due east of the plants. Sometime I think it's this month more protesters will show up. These are ones who make an annual trip and stand at the gate to the facility except a few usually do try and cross into the plant.
What I want to know about the three so called Prophet's is how did they know where to cut and where to go once inside? It sounds like someone has been helping these type of groups by giving deatails about facilities.
The funny thing is, there are places they could get much more coverage- like invading a live TV news broadcast, for instance.
Indeed security personnel should not be eating anything given to them by protesters while on duty or about to go on duty.