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Nun, 84, Gets 3 Years for Breaking Into Uranium Locker
Newser ^ | 2/18/14

Posted on 02/20/2014 8:37:57 AM PST by Impala64ssa

An 84-year-old nun has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for breaking into and defacing a storage bunker holding bomb-grade uranium in a peace demonstration at a Tennessee weapons plant. Megan Rice was sentenced Tuesday along with activists Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, and Michael Walli, 65. The men were sentenced to more than five years in prison. All sentences were less than the recommended minimum guidelines, the Knoxville Sentinel reports.

Rice asked Judge Amul Thapar to put her in prison for life, but he declined. "I just can’t accommodate you on that," he said. The three activists cut through three fences on July 28, 2012, and reached a storage bunker that holds the nation's primary supply of bomb-grade uranium. They painted messages, hung banners, and threw blood on the bunker wall. While officials claimed there was never any danger of the protesters reaching materials that could be detonated or used to assemble a dirty bomb, the break-in raised serious questions about security.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Tennessee; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: nukes; peacepukes
I remember back in the 80's the No Nukes concerts. Just about everyone who was someone at the time, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, an up and coming Madonna and others performed at these venues to "raise awareness" about how eeevilness of nuclear proliferation, especially the US and to a lesser extent, the "little satan" Israel. Now that the Iranians and possibly the N Koreans are well on their way to develop nukes, where are the self righteous celebrities now? (crickets chirping). And as far this nun, talk about Christian zealots trying to impose their morality on others. Gee, where do the atheists stand on this one?
1 posted on 02/20/2014 8:37:57 AM PST by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

We can only rejoice in the fact that this liberal generation hell bent on destroying this country will croak soon and our children will save themselves.


2 posted on 02/20/2014 8:42:29 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: Impala64ssa

Lesbian, activist, and gettin’ Nun is no way to go through life...

I really have to wonder how many Nuns like this one are actually “activist spinster sisters”....

Sorry if I offended anyone, well no not sorry at all.


3 posted on 02/20/2014 8:43:20 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Impala64ssa
The three activists cut through three fences on July 28, 2012, and reached a storage bunker that holds the nation's primary supply of bomb-grade uranium.
Where the hell were the security guards? Did they ever face any charges?
4 posted on 02/20/2014 8:43:22 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Impala64ssa

How did these individuals come upon their knowledge of the precise location of this material?


5 posted on 02/20/2014 8:46:46 AM PST by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: edcoil
liberal generation hell bent on destroying this country will croak soon

Huh? 0 wasn't elected by octogenarians, and not by just blacks either.

6 posted on 02/20/2014 8:47:06 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: GraceG

(*sigh*) Loads of religious sisters (mostly elderly, at this point), getting arrested for “peace demonstrations”... but how many of that generation/mindset have been arrested for protesting at abortion mills? I suspect the number is less than one...


7 posted on 02/20/2014 8:48:30 AM PST by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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To: Impala64ssa
Yep. No sympathy from me because she is 84 and a nun. Uranium is not a chemical to mess with lightly.

I personally do not care for lawn chemicals. Not only does that sh*t eventually end up in your ground water, but our society's fetish for green uniform lawns and wiping out natural plants like clover and dandelions is, I believe, a major cause of destroying our honey bee colonies.

Were I to "protest" by breaking into and vandalizing lawn chemical storage facilities, I would put myself and the public in far less danger than this self-righteous biddy did.

8 posted on 02/20/2014 8:53:17 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: paladinan

Don’t forget all the “Nuns” who are handing out condoms and promoting the radical liberal agenda....


9 posted on 02/20/2014 8:54:27 AM PST by GraceG
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To: oh8eleven
Where the hell were the security guards? Did they ever face any charges?

That's the big story here - no security. That nun isn't Chuck Norris so I hope the storage bunker is bit more secure now.

10 posted on 02/20/2014 8:55:55 AM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: oh8eleven

“Where the hell were the security guards?”

My thought was, if an 84 year old nun can reach weapon’s grade radioactive material, what about dedicated 20 year old Muslims who want to make a dirty bomb? Something is seriously wrong with security here. You’re right. The story here isn’t a peacenik nun. It’s the dreadful lack of security over potentially deadly material.

This sort of activism is awesomely dangerous. I recall animal rights terrorists who broke into a CDC lab and let all the animals loose. Some were infected with plague. Fortunately, the animals must have died before passing it on. But the potential for devastation is high.


11 posted on 02/20/2014 8:56:20 AM PST by Gen.Blather
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To: from occupied ga

O is not as big a problem as the one he brought to the table now running the IRS and EPA and all the others in his cabinet like Kerry - more harm is down my liberals at the rules and policy level.

It is the ideology not the man that must be stopped.


12 posted on 02/20/2014 8:57:54 AM PST by edcoil ( "All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone." - Blaise Pascal)
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To: GraceG

My aunt was a spinster activist. The last time she was home....spewing socialism...My dad said, “she should get a job”.


13 posted on 02/20/2014 8:58:50 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: edcoil

Post modern nuns seem to be more obsessed with abortion and war protests than with educating the nation’s children.


14 posted on 02/20/2014 9:03:43 AM PST by DPMD
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To: oh8eleven

Oh this was a HUGE deal. This was the infamous Y-12 breach. Lots of folks lost their jobs. There was lots of retraining. There was a change in the contractor that provided security at the national labs.

other than that.... crickets


15 posted on 02/20/2014 9:23:10 AM PST by Nifster
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16 posted on 02/20/2014 9:28:26 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: Gen.Blather

They didn’t get anywhere near the actual uranium.

they spray painted and threw blood on the building housing it.

Made it through three fences, but they never got inside.


17 posted on 02/20/2014 9:32:21 AM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegal aliens, abolish the IRS, DEA and ATF.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Wonder if Sister Megan will be as enthusiastic for a life behind bars after three or four months.

Prison ain’t no convent.


18 posted on 02/20/2014 9:36:51 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: from occupied ga

[”Huh? 0 wasn’t elected by octogenarians, and not by just blacks either.”] I don’t know about that. In my moms retirement home she tells me that she figures 90% of the residents voted for Obama and these people are very well off money wise. Retired Bankers, clergy, Insurance executives, about 99% white there.I remember seeing a life size cutout of Obama there and asked about it, she told me all the residents were posing and having pictures taken with it and she already had people stop talking to her because she had the audacity to disapprove. Likewise in the parking lot, Obama bumper stickers all over.Just cause your older doesn’t mean your wiser.


19 posted on 02/20/2014 9:42:10 AM PST by ABN 505
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To: ABN 505

While I agree with you that a lot of the older ones voted for him the primary demographic of idiots for 0 was white and younger; the younger voters went to 0 by a 24% margin


20 posted on 02/20/2014 9:48:20 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: ABN 505
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21 posted on 02/20/2014 10:22:47 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: GraceG

She may be a third order-lay nun. Not living in community (like a convent), has a regular job, family life, but is contributing to the mission of the order.


22 posted on 02/20/2014 11:12:36 AM PST by virgil
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To: oh8eleven

Forget the guards. Whoever was in charge of the facility should have been fired immediately. But government official are never held personally responsible for anything that happens on their watch.


23 posted on 02/20/2014 11:16:03 AM PST by Hugin
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To: Nifster
Oh this was a HUGE deal. This was the infamous Y-12 breach. Lots of folks lost their jobs.
I recall the incident, but none of the subsequent consequences.
24 posted on 02/20/2014 11:41:59 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Impala64ssa

Couldn’t the little sister have found better ways to serve God than by being an idiot. I seem to remember that pride is a major sin and maybe she will have a few years in prison to contemplate this. Where is her religious order in all this? Look at other orders of nuns that spend their time caring for poor or in total prayer. I think they are doing more for God’s glory than being a protestor.


25 posted on 02/20/2014 11:46:54 AM PST by The Great RJ
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To: GraceG
Don’t forget all the “Nuns” who are handing out condoms and promoting the radical liberal agenda....

Yeesh. If *only* I could forget them!
26 posted on 02/21/2014 6:08:29 AM PST by paladinan (Rule #1: There is a God. Rule #2: It isn't you.)
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