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Worlds Most Hardcore Bad-Ass Nun goes to Prison Tomorrow

The worlds most dangerous nun is being sentenced tomorrow: the infamous anti-nuke blood-thrower, Sister Megan Rice. (Update Jan 28th: Sentence has been delayed til February 18th 2014 due to snow/courthouse closure)

This hardcore 84-year-old could be considered the worlds most dangerous terrorist ever. Why? Because The New York Times reported that nuclear experts had called her action “the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex.”   

All this innocently began one midsummer night almost 2 years ago, when Sister Rice and a few friends decided to see if they Security Breach HEUMFcould send a message to the nuclear facility responsible for generating more weapons for our already overloaded nuclear arsenal. Plans have been in the works to build another 12-19 billion dollar complex there in the next few years. And, there were some very historic anti-nuke principles behind their motivation. Mainly, the Nuremberg Code. Sounds innocent enough, right?

Now I realize calling a nun hardcore is a bit unusual, but in reviewing her testimony from the case where she was convicted, she was asked if she had any regrets about her actions. Her stoic reply was: “I regret I didn’t do this 70 years ago” which, in my book, also makes her a complete bad-ass. Her statement was the nun-like equivalency of giving the Military Industrial Complex a big middle finger for all it’s years of exorbitant spending, pretending to be the world’s police, and spreading democracy…by blowing the arms and legs off of little kids, and rendering large swathes of countries uninhabitable.

The night in question, the 3 activists would have passed signs saying “Deadly force is authorized”  and “Halt!” with images of skulls that emphasized the lethal danger. How ironic that deadly force is threatened, at a complex where deadly weapons are manufactured. With flashlights and bolt cutters, the three defied barbed wire as well as eluded armed guards (which wasn’t difficult according to her testimony, as there didn’t seem to be any around), video cameras, and motion sensors at the Oak Ridge nuclear reservation in Tennessee. They splashed blood on the half a billion-dollar Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, between its heavily fortified guard towers. Then, they sang songs and sat around for a couple of hours waiting for someone to notice and arrest them. Hardly a James Bond move.

deadly force sign

Here are some more details of her wild night from Wikipedia:

On July 28, 2012, Rice, at 82 years old, and two fellow activists (Michael R. Walli, 63 years old, and Gregory I. Boertje-Obed, 57 years old) broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, spray-painted antiwar slogans, and splashed blood on the outside of the heavily guarded Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility. The three are members of the organization “Transform Now Plowshares”, a part of the Plowshares Movement, which references the Book of Isaiah’s call to “hammer their swords into plowshares”, i.e., convert weapons into peaceful tools. Justifying their infiltration of the Oak Ridge facility, the trio cited both Biblical verses calling for world peace and the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as justifications. The New York Times reported that nuclear experts called this action “the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex.”Rice, Walli, and Boertje-Obed were charged with misdemeanor trespass and “destruction and depredation” of government property (a felony) and may face up to a $100,000 fine and up to a year in prison. However they were charged with damaging a defense facility under the sabotage act, a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, and charged with causing more than $1,000 damage to government property, up to 10 years in prison.

Y-12

In the New York Times in August 2012, Sister Rice discussed her life — somewhat reluctantly at times — and kept emphasizing what she called “the issue.” “It’s the criminality of this 70-year industry,” she said. “We spend more on nuclear arms than on the departments of education, health, transportation, disaster relief and a number of other government agencies that I can’t remember.”

Federal prosecutors, needless to say, take a different view. “This is a matter of national security,” William C. Killian, a United States attorney, told reporters outside a Knoxville courtroom. “It is a significant case.”

Sister Rice is no geopolitical strategist, according to the New York Times. But her bold acts and articulate fervor highlight how the anti-nuclear movement has evolved since the end of the cold war. They also illustrate the fierce independence of Catholic nuns, who met in July the following year in St. Louis to decide how to respond to a Vatican appraisal that cast them as rebellious dissenters.

“We’re free as larks,” Sister Rice said of herself and her older religious friends. “We have no responsibilities — no children, no grandchildren, no jobs.”

“So the lot fell on us,” she said of fighting nuclear arms. “We can do it. But we all do share the responsibility equally.”

y12Sister Rice has a long history of being a huge pain-in-the-ass for the Department of Energy and Department of Defense. The New York Times article also pointed out a few highlights of her past activist activities: “She has been arrested 40 or 50 times for acts of civil disobedience and once served six months in prison (note from RC: it’s actually twice). In the Nevada desert, she and other peace activists knelt down to block a truck rumbling across the government’s nuclear test site, prompting the authorities to take her into custody. She gained so much attention that the Energy Department, which maintains the nation’s nuclear arsenal, helped pay for an oral history in which she described her upbringing and the development of her anti-nuclear views.” How many activists do you know that have been able to stir up this kind of attention? If there was a medal for Rad Chicks, she would be the first to get one.

But because of her brazen, fearless, and heroic act in support of the Nuremberg Code, the US Government will now be able to get rid of her, and her pain-in-the-ass activist activity, for at least the next 5-7 years. Sister Rice, I would like to point out, also has a heart condition.

According to my sources who have been closely monitoring her case and have attended some of the hearings, the y12_operatorsFederal Prosecutor also seems to really ‘have it in for her’. No surprise there. After all, It’s his job to protect us from super-dangerous blood-throwing nun terrorists. In my opinion, he should be thanking her for pointing out the lax security at the facility. Like the “unsinkable” Titanic, the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge — aka the “Fort Knox of Uranium” — was supposed to be terrorist-proof, but it turned out to not even be pacifist-proof, thanks to Sister Rice and her partners in crime. And, of course, they now want to build an even bigger and badder one. To make even bigger and badder bombs than we already have.

The trial produced plenty of fascinating twists and turns, as witnesses for the government explained in great detail how Y-12’s security was compromised, leading to a 15-day shut down of the plant primarily to evaluate the security failures. “The security at Y-12 has never been stronger,” the head of operations testified during the trial, but Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Theodore, a Catholic, wasn’t giving any of the credit to Rice, Walli and Boertje-Obed, telling the jury in his closing argument that would be like saying: “I broke into your house, but it’s your fault because your security wasn’t good enough.” Apparently, that logic applies even if your house manufactures killing machines.
Meanwhile, Sister Rice has already been incarcerated in Georgia, awaiting her sentencing. The jail where she is being held keeps the inmates nice and chilly at a steady 65 degrees. Probably to keep super-dangerous hardcore bad-ass nun criminals from acting out and doing something else terroristic while ‘in the joint’. This can’t be good for a heart patient, already suffering from circulatory problems.

And as you may have guessed, the support for Sister Rice has been enormous. From the Plowshares website:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“More than two thousand cards and letters have been delivered to the Judge urging a downward departure in recognition of the nonviolent nature of the defendants and their argument that *their action conforms to US obligations under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and the responsibilities places on citizens by the Nuremberg code. The Transform Now Plowshares action was carried out at the Y12 Nuclear Weapons Complex in Oak Ridge where the United States continues to produce core components for thermonuclear weapons and plans to build a new $19 billion bomb plant, called the Uranium Processing Facility.”

It’s unlikely that this generous outpouring of support and love for Megan Rice will bode well for her at sentencing. It’s unfortunate, considering the peaceful nature of her crime and her intentions, but that’s how the courts and federal government seem to operate. She made a huge Military bunker facility look like it had the security of a Chuck E Cheese, and she will probably be made an example of because of her f*ck you, government (ie “I regret not doing this 70 years ago”) remarks.  Unless, of course, you might believe in miracles.

Tomorrow, January 28th, Judge Thapar has announced a consolidated hearing will begin at 9:00am for all three TNP prisoners followed by separate, individual sentencing. The prosecutor has asked the judge to adhere to the sentencing guideline ranges generated for Megan, Michael and Greg. The pre-sentencing reports use a standard matrix that calculates a minimum and maximum recommended sentence base on history and other factors. The sentencing guidelines are:

Megan 70–87 months (5 yrs, 10 mo – 7 yrs, 3 mo)Nun

Greg 78-97 months (6 ½ yrs – 8 yrs, 1 mo)

Michael 92-115 months (7 yrs, 6 mo – 9 yrs, 7 mo)

Defense attorneys have submitted briefs arguing for downward departures from the sentencing guidelines based on the nonviolent nature of the action. It is very unlikely the jail time will be reduced, from what my sources have told me.

I plan on writing to her, and sending her at least $50 bucks for some warm clothes and a pillow. I will also ask her forgiveness for calling her a hardcore bad-ass, and for swearing a lot in this article. Something tells me, she probably won’t mind.

Sister Megan Rice is truly one very Rad Chick.

Meghan Rice
We love you Sister Megan!

Starting at 8:oo am est Anti-Nuke Activist Kevin Blanch will be broadcasting from the steps of the courthouse on UCY.tv . We will also post an update post-sentencing, and any associated video and news reports.  I will also include information on how you can write to Meghan Rice in prison, as well as donate to her commissary account, so she can buy books, writing paper, envelopes, food, thermals, and other necessities as soon as the location of her permanent incarceration is determined, and the information becomes available through Jpay.

If you would like to attend the hearing, the district courthouse in Knoxville is located at:
800 Marketstreet, website below:
http://www.tned.uscourts.gov/

I have also been informed that Russia Today and Al-Jazeera will be on location to cover the story. If you decide to go – go early, dress warm, leave your spray paint and blood at home, bring ID if you plan on going to the courthouse, and please consider filming something for you tube. If you send me your report, I will include it on my updated post.

 

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18 thoughts on “Worlds Most Hardcore Bad-Ass Nun goes to Prison Tomorrow

  1. It’s not ironic to threaten intruders with deadly force at a weapons facility. That is completely appropriate.

    Irony is a hippie commune displaying those signs.

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  2. My love and prayers go out to these courageous elders, shifting reality in a positive, life enhancing direction for the rest of us. Thank you Megan, Gregg and Michael; you’re all bad-asses in my book. Catholic nuns rock!! ♥ ✌

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  3. According to whistleblower Ann Harris: The health issues of people working at a weapons facility in Tennessee are: breast cancer, esophageal cancer, brain tumors, leukemia, kidney, liver, skin, bone cancers, etc.

    So where are the criminal-jail sentences for the people who allow workers at a weapons facilities to get these detrimental health effects?

    @27:08 – youtube /watch?v=77vkuPtqN4A

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