Today a defiant 84 year old Nun named Megan Rice was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar to three years in prison for deliberately trespassing at DOE's Oak Ridge Tennessee facility to protest nuclear weapons in 2012.
Nun, 84, gets 3 years in prison for breaking in nuclear weapons complexThe other two protesters who took part were sentenced to five years in prison.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An 84-year-old nun was sentenced Tuesday to nearly three years in prison for breaking into a U.S. nuclear weapons complex and defacing a bunker holding bomb-grade uranium, a demonstration that exposed serious security flaws.
On July 28, 2012, the three activists cut through three fences before reaching a $548 million storage bunker. They hung banners, strung crime-scene tape and hammered off a small chunk of the fortress-like Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility inside the most secure part of complex.Oh my!
They painted messages such as, "The fruit of justice is peace," and splashed baby bottles of human blood on the bunker wall.
Although the protesters set off alarms, they were able to spend more than two hours inside the restricted area before they were caught.This incident was a big embarrassment to officials at DOE. The DOE's security contractor was fired eventually.
When security finally arrived, guards found the three activists singing and offering to break bread with them. The protesters reportedly also offered to share a Bible, candles and white roses with the guards.
Some government officials praised the activists for exposing the facility's weaknesses. But prosecutors declined to show leniency, instead pursing serious felony charges.Obviously these three activists expected to be arrested soon after entering the facility.
Rice testified at trial that she was surprised the group made it all the way to the interior of the secured zone without being challenged and that plant operations were suspended.
"That stunned me," she said. "I can't believe they shut down the whole place."
U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar said he was concerned they showed no remorse and he wanted the punishment to be a deterrent for other activists.In other words they were given harsh sentences for a protest to discourage other protests involving civil disobedience, like trespassing.
Eric Holder's DOJ seems overly concerned with severely punishing protesters like Megan Rice, and whistle blowers, while the Banksters from Wall Street get to walk.
Its very likely that Obama's State Department will soon condemn the treatment of protesters in Kiev, but how about American protesters right here in the US receiving harsh prison sentences?