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Judge releases nun who broke into U.S. nuclear bomb facility
Reuters ^ | 8/3/2012 | Preston Peeden

Posted on 08/03/2012 6:12:15 PM PDT by markomalley

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.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; US: Tennessee
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1 posted on 08/03/2012 6:12:18 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Crikey, if an 82 year old nun and two others can break into a nuclear facility then something is seriously wrong.


2 posted on 08/03/2012 6:19:55 PM PDT by bgill
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To: markomalley

And the judge is going to release her before trial?!?


3 posted on 08/03/2012 6:21:42 PM PDT by bgill
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To: markomalley

Scares the crap out of me that one of our most secure nuclear facilities can be breeched by an 82 year old. Tells me that those in charge of such facilities are not up to the job or are not taking it seriously. What if the infiltrators had been a well-trained group of saboteurs?

I could almost thank this nun for bringing this vulnerability to our attention.


4 posted on 08/03/2012 6:23:30 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: bgill

Known as ROR (release on own recognizance). Judge doesn’t consider her a flight risk.


5 posted on 08/03/2012 6:30:45 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: doc1019

There’s a Sally Fields joke in there somewhere.


6 posted on 08/03/2012 6:32:51 PM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: tacticalogic

LOL! Good one.


7 posted on 08/03/2012 6:33:54 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: doc1019
Judge doesn’t consider her a flight risk.

How about her breaking into more high security areas and other terroristic risks?

8 posted on 08/03/2012 7:07:23 PM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

Go for it, if she does/can, it is good for our security ... would bring other security flaws to our attention.


9 posted on 08/03/2012 7:12:40 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will NEVER get my vote.)
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To: markomalley

Release a habitual offender?


10 posted on 08/03/2012 7:14:01 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: markomalley

I think it would be more appropriate for the judge to release her when “a mental health caregiver” was willing to attest that she will now be under supervision “for her own good”, in that her “faculties seem to be diminished”.


11 posted on 08/03/2012 7:48:11 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: markomalley

Why don’t they shoot to kill if someone crosses that fence?


12 posted on 08/03/2012 8:07:47 PM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: markomalley
i'm Catholic, but, if they shot her i'd say it was her own fault...

they shoulda used the TSA!!!

13 posted on 08/03/2012 8:50:53 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: markomalley

How is attempting to breach a secure nuclear facility not considered an act of terrorism?

Seems this nun makes a habit of these things.


14 posted on 08/03/2012 8:56:12 PM PDT by exit82 (Pass the word: Obama is a FAILURE!! Democrats are the enemies of freedom!)
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To: markomalley

Homeland Security, never better:)


15 posted on 08/03/2012 8:58:18 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: ThePatriotsFlag

Please.

There are people on this forum who think that a perp ought to be allowed to get at least a full mag off at the cops first to make it fair. You think the security there could get away with shooting a nun?

In all seriousness. People like this KNOW that “security” as it is practiced in the US is a sad joke. It is all smoke and mirrors I have heard a former ranking member of the Mossad say “You are not yet ready to do what must be done to defend yourselves. But you will learn.” (the hard way).


16 posted on 08/03/2012 8:59:54 PM PDT by SargeK
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To: markomalley

She should have been sbot at tbe first fence. You don’t screw aroud with security at a nuclear fscility.


17 posted on 08/03/2012 9:34:33 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Encourage all of your Democrat friends to get out and vote on November 7th, the stakes are high.)
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To: CrazyIvan

haha, good one


18 posted on 08/04/2012 12:30:37 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: markomalley
Does the judge realize that she's a serious flight risk? Nuns used to fly all of the time back in the 60s.

I wonder if this the jerkette who used sneak onto SAC bases and damage equipment and aircraft.

19 posted on 08/04/2012 12:39:16 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: markomalley

Who are these other 2 guys?

The article makes it sound like one of the guys was not rreleased.


20 posted on 08/04/2012 1:11:04 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: doc1019

Probably the local security forces were hamstrung by feel good local management regs.

I’ve seen some of the security at Commanche Peak, here in Texas; breach the real security fence and you will be catching a hail of minigun fire about 30 seconds later. No “Well, if they look harmless, try to apprehend them instead” rules that I’m aware of.


21 posted on 08/04/2012 7:06:40 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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