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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 complex

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.

The other two protesters who took part were sentenced to five years in prison.
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.

They painted messages such as, "The fruit of justice is peace," and splashed baby bottles of human blood on the bunker wall.

Oh my!
Although the protesters set off alarms, they were able to spend more than two hours inside the restricted area before they were caught.

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.

This incident was a big embarrassment to officials at DOE. The DOE's security contractor was fired eventually.
Some government officials praised the activists for exposing the facility's weaknesses. But prosecutors declined to show leniency, instead pursing serious felony charges.

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."

Obviously these three activists expected to be arrested soon after entering the facility.  
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?

Originally posted to Lefty Coaster on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:17 PM PST.

Also republished by Three Star Kossacks.

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  •  Protesters aren't the threat Holder's DOJ makes (137+ / 0-)
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    them out to be.

    "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

    by Lefty Coaster on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:09:52 PM PST

    •  Oh, but they are. (23+ / 0-)

      Remember, most of these judges come from corporate law firms.

      Protesters mean nothing to our government. It's survived way more than three nuns. These judges aren't worried about a threat to the government, they're worried about a threat to their buddies in the private sector.

      Like that poor, poor security firm that lost it's contract because of these people.

      The NERVE of these protesters! Interfering with a corporation's bottom line!

      Don't they know that corporations are people, too?!

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 05:44:41 AM PST

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    •  Let's review a moment (0+ / 0-)

      The protestors cut three fences, leaving them open and unsecured.
      The protestors then approached, defaced and hammered upon bunkers full of weapons grade uranium, for all that they knew, uranium still inside of a functional nuclear warhead.
      Hammering did damage the bunker, US government property, which now has to be repaired, the defacement undone and security properly implemented.

      But, that is acceptable.

      So, would it be acceptable for someone to scale the White house fence, toss an unlighted Molotov cocktail at the building, then hammer on the oval office window?
      After all, the building is flame resistant and the windows are bulletproof. It's OK, right, as long as it's a protest?

      As for that plant security, the contracting officer should be terminated for cause, the inspectors terminated for cause, the contractor cannot underperform in a vacuum.

      •  That's quite a stretch. (4+ / 0-)
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        Let me give a more appropriate scenario.

        To protest a town policy, perhaps a discriminatory policy against a particular group, three people cut a hole in a fence that encloses a local government building. They make their way to the building, knock a small chuck of brick off the the building wall, and then paint a pro human rights slogan on the wall. They then wait to be arrested.

        A court should then sentence these people to 3-5 years in prison?


        Everyone who participates in civil disobedience realizes that there are consequences. However these sentences go beyond any reasonable punishment and are simply vindictive. Imagine that MLK had been sentenced to three years in prison for his acts of civil disobedience.

        In essence, the government has created three more political prisoners. If the Obama administration was involved in this dishonorable action, it says more about their values (or lack thereof) than it does about the protestors.

        A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

        by slatsg on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 04:55:07 PM PST

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        •  Martin Luthr King most likely was sentenced for (1+ / 0-)
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          his civil disobedience.  It would be nice if government could learn to accept constructive criticism even if it is not about to do anything to correct the under lying problem.

        •  Thank you for some perspective, slatsg! (0+ / 0-)

          --------------------- “These are troubling times. Corporation are treated like people. People are treated like things. …And if we ever needed to vote, we sure do need to vote now.” -- Rev. Dr. William J. Barber

          by Fiona West on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 09:12:26 PM PST

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        •  Sadly (0+ / 0-)

          I was a radar and Missile repairman at Fort MacArthur CA in San Pedro.  We had nuclear warheads there and our sole protection was a chain link fence that bordered on the main drag.  We had regular home style locks on the doors and a chain link fence inside protecting the warheads.  At night there were 2 of us on duty making repairs and if a Nike site went down, we had to go there and get it back on the air leaving no one with the warheads.

          So the troll MAY have a point, but I'm thinking they have been paying a little more attention to security than the Army did in the 50s.  (I hope)

      •  AAWWW Newt (2+ / 0-)
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        Where did ou find a computer to write this?

      •  You should be thanking them -- let's re-review (6+ / 0-)

        Your details of what they did are overstated and melodramatic.

        1) Yes, they cut through three fences. "Leaving them open and unsecured" however? Please. The facility was already pretty much incomprehensibly unsecured. Clearly just the quality of the fences themselves was pathetic and merited being a cause for concern.

        2a) I'm guessing "defaced" refers to spray painting peace symbols and splashing blood. Cleaning that up is easy. I've done it (the cleaning part), yes, with both.

        2b) Hammered "upon bunkers?" There are a number of problems here. The Y-12 National Security Complex is immense. "Bunker" is just what the media inappropriately called it. It's not a small warehouse sitting behind three chain link fences. A link at the end of my post includes a picture of the complex. As far as what they hammered on goes, they knocked a chip off a wall when they found they were able to penetrate quite a ways into wherever it was they ended up, I'd guess to leave proof of how far they got after a clean up/repair job removed the evidence. "Hammering" was another media-generated word. They had a hammer or hammers. There's a quite a difference.

        As far as "bunkers full of weapons grade uranium" goes ... what? You make it sound like a bunker is an ice chest packed with uranium. That's doubly clear when you state the "bunkers" they hammered on were "for all they knew" holding "uranium still inside of a functional nuclear warhead." How did you...? I can't conceive of a way someone would even imagine a scenario like that. I'd probably never sleep again if I thought the military were so clueless and careless as to put uranium (let alone h-bombs) in containers small enough to be "hammered" and out in the open to boot.

        So, bunkers are buildings. There are many bunkers (as can be surmised just from the facility's name). I have no doubt that anything radioactive was secured and shielded in vaults of some nature. There was nothing "full of uranium" they could have gotten even remotely close to to hammer on.

        The damage, defacement, repairs don't add up to much. Certainly not the value all Americans (rest of the world as well) got from the discovery that a government facility containing the pinnacle of what terrorists would kill to obtain was as secure as an abandoned gas station in a ghost town.

        The more you look at the facility and what occurred there the more obvious it is just how incomprehensibly unsecured the complex was. Since 1988 there have been regular peace protests in front of the place. The facility's management knew for over two decades that it was an activist target. It's not worth saying anything more about this.

        That a small group of peace activists alerted our government of this shocking lapse in judgment and security instead of a catastrophic nuclear incident by an al Quaida cell, a Tim McVeigh or Unabomber is a blessing of the highest order. Did they break the law by trespassing? Yes. Did they cause damage that required repair or cleanup? Yes. Should they be tried for those things? Yes, and they were. They have been in prison since July 2012. That's plenty of time. They should have been convicted to uphold the law and allowed to go free with the time already done.

        Making how they were treated even worse, instead of trying them for what they actually did, the court/government decided to label what they did an act of sabotage for the simple reason that that allowed more severe punishment options. They were peace activists, not saboteurs.

        They should be thanked, quite frankly given awards, for the service they did us. Why did I spend the time to write this? Because they made this a safer country. The people who should be tried, fined and jailed in a big way are all those responsible for their appalling failures to manage a facility of this nature properly.

        The rest of your post about Molotov cocktails and the White House ... I'm going to be polite and not say anything about that. (What?)

        I put some time into searching the Web for info about the incident and facility which came from sources more reliable than blogs and little local newspapers: Reuters, CBS, USNews, and so forth. For info about the complex itself, its history, photos, Wikipedia's article was terrific. The article also provides lots and lots of links to relevant articles and documents.

      •  Yes lets review (2+ / 0-)
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        So hammering on a bunker designed to survive a nearby nuclear detonation = throwing an unlighted Molotov cocktail at a national monument?

        How do you figure that?

        "If Wall Street paid a tax on every “game” they run, we would get enough revenue to run the government on." ~ Will Rogers

        by Lefty Coaster on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 03:10:55 AM PST

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      •  lets review a moment,V2 (1+ / 0-)
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        Well,the difference is that we dont have too many presidents,we do have too much uranium though.
        Uranium storage is becoming a huge problem,one that were leaving to our ancestors
        the vast majority of non weapons grade is placed in upright concrete cylinders called dry storage casks,then placed on thick concert pads and allowed to just sit there and cool,these site are all over the country and there are thousands of cylinders just sitting there and more being added annually.
        full info at:

      •  Oh please ... (0+ / 0-)

        First of all, I'd be willing to bet these protesters knew at least as much about this facility as the incompetent "security" people who were supposed to be guarding it.

        Second, there's a reason that hammering on the storage tank was part of the protest. They were from The Plowshares Fund, which takes its name from the biblical verse about "hammering their swords into plowshares." They always hammer on the weapons they are protesting.

        For pete's sake, it's not as if they tried to destroy or steal the uranium. They were simply making a statement and they never expected to get as far as they did!  The contractors are the ones who ought to be going to jail.  Talk about a breach of national security. What if these people had been actual terrorists who really DID want to blow up the White House?

        And if that judge really thinks that 3 years in jail is going to discourage an 84-year-old pacifist nun OR The Plowshares Fund, he's living in a fantasy all his own.

      •  protest is not a felony (0+ / 0-)

        the damage they inflicted compared to the service they performed was largely symbolic and was not felonious in intent or in its results.

        they could have been stiff and draconian disorderly conduct sentences which would have had the same effect.

        major white collar criminals get less. BP  pleading guilty to serial murders pays a fine. Cheney pleaded guilty to terrorist and genocidal money laundering in Africa and Halliburton paid a fine.

      •  These amatures should be given a medal (1+ / 0-)
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        If an elderly woman along with these other amateurs could do this, then what would a professional terrorist be able to do?  All of the officials in charge of the facility should have been immediately arrested for sloppy security.  

        The officials who signed off on the design of the areas security should have also been arrested.

        Then the government officials in charge of this whole operation should have had charges of total ineptitude brought against them.  They didn't use quality control by actually going to the place and visually seeing for themselves that any idiot could break into the place with bolt cutters and a pair of pliers.  

        These protesters should be acknowledged for showing us all, how terrible the security was on such an important facility.  They should be given a medal for service to our country and alerting us to our lax security.  

        But it's the same old thing.  Remember 911 when the Pentagon was hit by a slow moving jumbo jet?
        Here was the so called elite protectors of the land, sitting in their offices inside the Pentagon, fixated on the TV news showing the Trade Towers in flames.  Meanwhile this slow lumbering jet is making it's way toward them.  They were like a deer caught in the headlights.  Caught with their pants down.  

        Then when they got hit, they seethed with anger at their own stupidity and immediately turned to revenge.  Who better to take out your anger on than a country that doesn't have nuclear weapons and an army that can't stand up to yours.  Hence Iraq.  Perfect place, especially since the Corporate Boys wanted some of ” dat free oil”   Yeah the “Good oil boys” were licking their chops and the Pentagon wanted to vent their frustration, Chaney who owned tons of Halliburton stock, having been a former CEO wanted the rebuilding contracts for Halliburton and the war was on.  

        In this case the officials are totally embarrassed because their strategic facility's security was breached by basically, a group of toddlers and they are seething with rage at their own stupidity, so, who better to take it out on?  Certainly not themselves for their ineptitude.  

        I say we give Megan Rice a medal for helping to make us all more secure.  

    •  This seems like an absurd injustice. The (1+ / 0-)
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      protestors accepted that they would get caught, and exposed a really serious security problem.  What if they had been terrorists?  The people who were in charge of security should have got jailed.  

    •  Yes, our government should thank the three nuns (2+ / 0-)
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      for testing the security of the facility and finding flaws in it and otherwise leave them alone.

  •  Lefty Coaster (16+ / 0-)
    offered to share a Bible
    I`m surprised that that didn`t get her a get out of jail card.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:22:00 PM PST

  •  Love this woman (47+ / 0-)

    She`s been a hero for many many years.
    She`s been arrested almost 40 times, has served jail sentences of up to 6 months & all for a better world.
    She should get the Nobel Peace Prize for all she`s done as an anti-war activist. Now what she gets is time, almost 3 years.
    She`s 84 years young, but I hope she does not pass away behind bars. This is really sick.
    If anyone does find out how to write her, I hope it gets posted far & wide.

    I`m already against the next war.

    by Knucklehead on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:33:48 PM PST

  •  They were lucky security was lax. Think about it-- (8+ / 0-)

    Breaking into a nuclear weapons facility? They were lucky they weren't shot on sight.

    Sorry, I can't work myself up to be angry at this. Although perhaps they should go easy on the nun and put her in Club Fed (light minimum) for only 6 months.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:40:06 PM PST

  •  She wanted a longer sentence btw (4+ / 0-)

    She stated that it was her wish to die in jail.

    The prosecutor asked for 9 years and the judge gave her three.

    I take no issue with the sentence.  She'd been arrested over 20 times for civil disobedience and wants to die doing her life's work.


  •  Another historical beacon of courage is lit (17+ / 0-)

    to show the way for us to follow.

    Thank you Sister for your gift of bravery with open heart and loving will.

    If cats could blog, they wouldn't

    by crystal eyes on Tue Feb 18, 2014 at 09:57:53 PM PST

  •  she Stands as an example (15+ / 0-)

    Q. What's the point of sentencing an 84 year old to serve more jail time?    A. To generate fear that could stop Us from speaking out.

    At this moment in time we are united and charged up; Nebraska farmers, native peoples, grandmothers, brilliant scientists... "There's only Us."

  •  The President is planning to meet the Pope during (6+ / 0-)

    his trip to Europe next month. That could be awkward.

    There is no existence without doubt.

    by Mark Lippman on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 12:30:40 AM PST

  •  Real crime was to embarrass The Power. No (17+ / 0-)

    forgiveness for that.

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 02:35:45 AM PST

  •  Where's outrage from Issa & ...... (4+ / 0-)

    What, where's the tea party outrage of targeting groups, these for decades, a senoir nun in civil disobedience, and harassment of groups of citizens within these borders of America!!

    Where's the call from Issa over this outrage and congressional hearings on!!

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 03:53:04 AM PST

  •  My ideal of a just society is one... (3+ / 0-)
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    It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

    by Rich in PA on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 04:05:11 AM PST

    •  Punished for the act, but not motivation (4+ / 0-)

      For example, a woman who shot her abuser would be put in prison for life, the same as a man who murdered his wife out of jealousy.

      That's justice?

      "As the madmen play on words, and make us all dance to their song / to the tune of starving millions, to make a better kind of gun..." -- Iron Maiden

      by Lost Left Coaster on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 06:01:51 AM PST

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      •  Of course not (0+ / 0-)

        But people who've never been affected by such things (or pretend that they haven't been) retain the luxury of pretending that it is.

        "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

        by kovie on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 08:16:06 AM PST

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      •  Obviously I wasn't precise enough. (0+ / 0-)

        I mean political vs. non-political motivations should be treated the same. After all, the notion that political motivations should be treated more leniently is easily countered by the notion that they should be treated more harshly, implying as they do a seditious desire to bring about political change outside of legal channels.  I think a neutral perspective is the best all around.

        It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

        by Rich in PA on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 11:45:22 AM PST

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        •  I think that mitigating and extenuating (1+ / 0-)
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          circumstances should be taken into account in both political and non-political situations. I.e. every case should be treated on its own merits. Which is how justice is supposed to work, even if it often doesn't in the real world.

          Btw this is precisely why SYG laws have been passed, to prevent judges and juries from doing this, which is a subversion of how the legal system should work. Same thing with mandatory minimums, which are stealth racist. I agree with you that in general all cases should be judged first and foremost on what actually happened, but that judges and juries should have leeway in taking into account circumstances, motivations, states of mind, etc.

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 01:15:11 PM PST

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    •  Naive ideal IMO (1+ / 0-)
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      Politics and justice are absolutely inseparable and have always gone together. Unfortunately, usually in a bad way, such as this. The idea that justice could ever be truly blind is quite silly. We may be a "nation of laws, not men", but those laws are made and enforced by men, not by themselves, making it easily one of the dumbest sayings I've ever heard.

      In matters of law, cynicism is the best guide, not idealism.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 08:14:52 AM PST

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      •  It's an ideal...nothing dumb about it. (0+ / 0-)

        It's no dumber than saying we should try to be nice to each other even though we'd rather be mean sometimes.  

        It's not the side effects of the cocaine/I'm thinking that it must be love

        by Rich in PA on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 11:46:05 AM PST

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        •  Naive if you apply it to the real world (0+ / 0-)

          and expect it to come true. And foolish. And dumb. Sometimes dangerous too. To put an 84 year old woman protesting nuclear weapons and power on the same level of maliciousness as a terrorist or common thief is both sad and silly.

          "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

          by kovie on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 01:04:49 PM PST

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    •  A college prankster wouldn't get 3 years in prison (0+ / 0-)

      A proud member of the Professional Left since 1967.

      by slatsg on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 05:11:21 PM PST

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  •  I am not condemning her actions, but... (9+ / 0-)

    what if instead of this being a nuclear weapons facility, it would have been a nun with deeply held beliefs doing damage to an abortion clinic?

    What would our response be then?

    I realize there is a huge difference & I think nuclear weapons facilities need to be dismantled, but is there a difference in the eyes of the law?

    "Hate speech is a form of vandalism. It defaces the environment, and like a broken window, if left untended, signals to other hoodlums that the coast is clear to do more damage." -- Gregory Rodriguez

    by Naniboujou on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 04:23:11 AM PST

    •  Thats a good question. (2+ / 0-)
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      Made me think.

      My answer? If the nun in question committed a simple trespass, damaged a fence, then I would say she should be charged with a misdemeanor trespass and criminal damage for the fence and made to pay the cost of the fence. So long as she didn't try to harass, intimidate or scare employees or patients, then her actions should be charged for what they were: simple trespass and criminal damage.

      Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.

      by CenPhx on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 07:44:17 AM PST

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  •  Words: 1859, 1863. Music: Ora Labora, 1918. (2+ / 0-)
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    Come, labor on!
    Who dares stand idle, on the harvest plain
    While all around him waves the golden grain?
    And to each servant does the Master say,
        “Go work today.”

    Come, labor on!
    Claim the high calling angels cannot share—
    To young and old the Gospel gladness bear;
    Redeem the time; its hours too swiftly fly.
        The night draws nigh.

    Come, labor on!
    The enemy is watching night and day,
    To sow the tares, to snatch the seed away;
    While we in sleep our duty have forgot,
        He slumbered not.

    Come, labor on!
    Away with gloomy doubts and faithless fear!
    No arm so weak but may do service here:
    By feeblest agents may our G~d fulfill
        His righteous will.

    Come, labor on!
    No time for rest, till glows the western sky,
    Till the long shadows o’er our pathway lie,
    And a glad sound comes with the setting sun,
        “Servant, well done!

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 04:41:38 AM PST

  •  When I was in the convent (6+ / 0-)

    ages ago, I walked in protest with woman like Megan Rice.  I knew Philip Berrigan -- I was a Josephite nun, he a Josephite priest (no relation between the 2 orders).  The repeated position of all those religious who were committed to civil disobedience against the Vietnam Conflict was that we should be willing to accept the consequences:  arrest, jail.  Courts were even more unforgiving in those days.

    The entire legitimacy of any civil disobedience is founded on willingness to accept consequences of breaking the law.  Some of the most despicable "protestors" I remember were students who loved the sit ins and hootenannies but then sued their universities because they received failing grades for not showing up for exams or classes.  

    Not sure if her matter will be appealed against her wishes.  If so, her sentence would most likely be stayed.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 04:49:11 AM PST

  •  Breaking and entering, not protesting (1+ / 0-)
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    If they wanted to protest, they would have done it outside the chain link fences.

    She's lucky she wasn't shot on sight.  That's what the signs on those fences say is allowed to happen.

    •  Given her age and the reasons she B&E'd (3+ / 0-)

      I'd say that leniency, clemency and possibly even a pardon are in order. The damage she caused to US national security was vastly less than that done by any number of banksters who haven't served a day in prison. And yes, they are connected, by our pathetic DoJ, which is obviously more concerned with protecting big political donors and power elites and its own unearned "tough on bad stuff" reputation than with actually enforcing the law fairly.

      "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

      by kovie on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 08:12:02 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

    •  In Your Eyes Only (0+ / 0-)
      She's lucky she wasn't shot on sight.  That's what the signs on those fences say is allowed to happen.
      "Those who cling to their lives will lose them..."  ~Jesus

      Anything missing in your consciousness lately?

      You meet them halfway with love, peace, and persuasion ~ And expect them to rise for the occasion...

      by paz3 on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 11:26:11 AM PST

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  •  I think we're missing a point. (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, Lefty Coaster

    There are two ways an authoritarian/totalitarian regime responds to protestors, whistleblowers etc. To simplify, authoritarians punish political opponents in an arbitrary and capricious manner; totalitarians respond with blanket ruthlessness.
    The Obama administration is clearly trying to go down in history as the first socially liberal totalitarian state.

  •  She should be rewarded for exposing the flaws (3+ / 0-)

    in Y-12 security.

    Edward Snowden should also be rewarded.

    “Hardworking men and women who are busting their tails in full-time jobs shouldn't be left in poverty.” -- Elizabeth Warren

    by Positronicus on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 08:43:03 AM PST

  •  The first question that pops into my mind (1+ / 0-)
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    enemy of the people

    is where did they get the human blood from?

    Why do I have the feeling George W. Bush joined the Stonecutters, ate a mess of ribs, and used the Constitution as a napkin?

    by Matt Z on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 08:57:09 AM PST

  •  She ought to send them a bill for exposing the (2+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, Lefty Coaster

    holes in the security apparatus.  It really was a public service and she and the others should be paid for their services in that regard.

  •  Just another example (3+ / 0-)

    The "Rule of Law" does not exist in America.  The law is simply a weapon to be used by corporate America against the people.  The judge is a corporate scumbag and so is Holder.

  •  Ummm, I think 3 months plus 1 yr public service (1+ / 0-)
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    Lefty Coaster

    would be justice.

    This is just silly. Holder et al look like assholes ... oops, that's what they are, never mind.

  •  On the other hand, the Security people should (0+ / 0-)

    be dealt with.

    Uncle Joe would have simply had them ALL SHOT. Now that's "sending a message" your Honor.

  •  Let 'em go. (0+ / 0-)

    Protesting nuclear weapons is a virtue; throw the judge in jail, let her be. They are the highest form of citizens protesting; any damage they can pay for.
    The judge is just a paid shill supported by a hypocritical "government", with a religious based "foreign policy".

  •  The Wall Street banksters haven't gone to jail. (1+ / 0-)
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    More exposure of our corrupt judicial/legislative system. The white males that ruined the global economy and created homelessness, poverty, hunger, and environmental pollution are free to steal more "bonuses - while actual thinking caring human beings waste taxpayer money sitting in jail. Ridiculous. Disgusting. Another black eye for American justice.

  •  Why should they show remorse? (0+ / 0-)

    It seems odd to me that this was part of the judge's thinking.  They're protesting in a very serious and deliberate way and willing to go to jail for it.  They also unintentionally revealed a major security gap of the facility.  The clearly believe they are doing the right thing.  Expecting remorse seems naive and somewhat tone-deaf.

    America, where a rising tide lifts all boats! Unless you don't have a boat...uh...then it lifts all who can swim! Er, if you can't swim? SHAME ON YOU!

    by Back In Blue on Wed Feb 19, 2014 at 02:10:04 PM PST

  •  Judges(???) (0+ / 0-)

    What deterrent do we have against morally bankrupt judges and prosecuters...?  My recommendation - 30 years!

  •  Eric Holder is a worthless slug! (2+ / 0-)
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    The mystery is why we're still paying Holder's salary when he publicly stated he would not prosecute the Wall Street crooks because it would damage the economy.
    But let's show the world how hard we can be on 84 yr.old activists.  Holder is a disgrace in an already amply disgraced pseudo-profession of parasites.

    •  Just how would prosecuting Wall Street crooks (0+ / 0-)

      damage the economy?  Even taking the attitude that FDIC insurance is to protect only depositors NOT shareholders would merely cause a lot of fiat money to evaporate, which could easily enough be replaced the same way it was created to begin with--by borrowing from the Federal Reserve.

  •  I think we should all send the Judge a letter (0+ / 0-)

    Can anyone supply the right address...

  •  Orwellian "Sabotage" for Media Dysinformation (0+ / 0-)

    This judicial black robed misanthropic bigotry only further illuminates the divide between government run military industrials, along with their nuclear ambitions to ram their agendas down the throat of all who oppose it.  Even Obama now ironically fastracks nuclear loans to ramp up more reactors in the name of "global warming"---just wait until all that nuclear fission material comes home to roost.

  •  Judge Tharpar (0+ / 0-)

    This man is an idiot! She did a service to the U.S. showing how  vulnerable these sites are. He should be thanking her, not imprisoning her.

  •  They are heroes. (0+ / 0-)

    "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

    by Gorette on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 03:24:44 PM PST

  •  Another outrageous abuse of the law... (0+ / 0-)

    By the corporate government.

  •  WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? (0+ / 0-)

    What's the difference between the savings and loan fiasco and the latest meltdown that almost destroyed our economy? Seriously, would someone point out to me why the savings and loan charade resulted in imprisonment of some of the movers and shakers and our latest Wall Street fraud did not? I'd really like to know. Am I missing something?

  •  This good sister shouldn't be in any prison, (0+ / 0-)

    but I'm surprised that the feds didn't want to test one of their new guillotines on her.  Viva la France!!!

  •  I signed, but prefer petitions where I can write (0+ / 0-)

    my own words. But thanks anyway. Certainly support this courageous woman.

  •  Almost as bad as Cossacks in Russia horse-whipping (0+ / 0-)

    a girl band who want to sing a protest song.

  •  The DOJ is about as effective and useful as a (0+ / 0-)

    big spit into the ocean. It is hard to believe that an entire organization, headed up by Holder, has less Spine to it than an large herd of octupi!! It sure would be nice if our Pres would intervene in this latest travesty but I'll bet he won't. DOJ will do anything to avoid prosecuting Wall St because it is OWNED by Wall St. This is disgusting and it should not be allowed to occur.

  •  To KOS Admin (0+ / 0-)

    I signed the petition, however, I would like to pass a link to the petition forward but where can I find a page that doesn't already have my info. filled in?   Usually petitions will have a 'not me' option that will bring me to the petition with blank entry.

  •   Message To Judge Amul Tharpar on Facebook (0+ / 0-)

    While you may be sitting on the bench as a U.S. Federal Judge, it doesn't mean you understand what it means to be an American. Surely you can't imagine that the people of the United States will stand by idly while you throw an 84 year-old nun in prison! We are not that kind of society and to think that somehow, in your mind, this is an acceptable sentence for such a person who has not killed or assaulted anyone, who even identified a breach in security that thankfully it was only an 84 year-old nun that came through and then only made a visible mark of her disdain for nuclear weapons - those are not the crimes to sentence a nun of any age to prison for, let alone an 84 year-old. Your youth and impetuousness show a lack of respect for religion and age in our society and you should be ashamed of yourself. You may be a judge, but you will never be an American! You are also a failure as a judge because you lack the compassion to meter out justice to fit the crime. Rescind your decision or step off the bench - the choice is yours, as there will be more protests than your imaginary deterrent sentencing ever contemplated!

    •  Judges,,, (0+ / 0-)

      You do realize that judges are merely parasitic lawyers with political connections and we have no reason to suppose that they change character just because they don robes and act solemn while they mete what passes for 'justice' in this rapidly totalitarian nation. Some of the biggest scumbags and 'enablers' of crime are lawyers and from the most successful of that scum we select our judges.  Find something wrong with this setup?

  •  Nuns have always been a threat (0+ / 0-)

    I remember Sister Diane with much trepidation and would not have minded having her locked up for several centuries. Of course, she was beating me for mentioning dinosaurs in catechism. This nunchick was protesting a coming extinction. I don't think she would have beaten me like Sista Di.

    "You think this is bad. This ain't bad.," said the hobo to Billy Pilgrim on the train to Auschwitz in Slaughterhouse Five.

    by drfaustroll on Thu Feb 20, 2014 at 04:33:11 PM PST

  •  I realize (1+ / 0-)
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    we have had an increasingly repressive government since the excuse of the attacks of 9/11(I worked as a volunteer and employee for 16 months in and around ground zero organizing disaster mental health services & working with children, adults and families who were caught in the attacks) but this is beyond any reasonable idea of the way a democracy behaves. This wrongheaded judgement should be immediately overturned. What nun of this age should be imprisoned for an act of conscience? Come on America, we can certainly do better than this.

  •  Corporate Democrats (1+ / 0-)
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    Not a lot of difference between Corporate Republicans and Corporate Democrats if the truth be told.

  •  Deaths caused by financial collapse (1+ / 0-)
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    Eral Felder

    Besides the fact that the financial callapse in 2008 caused many people to lose their life savings, lost their jobs due to either being laid off or the company being dissolved. Many lost their lives as well becaue they no longer had health insurance. The stress alone caused many people to become ill as well. Physically as well as mentally and in some cases death. Men and woman who had worked all of their lived to give their children the best of everything, found themselves unemployed and some many cases both parents were laid off.

    The news in different areas played it differently, but a lot of those deaths were due to murder-suicides. They are still occurring on a daily basis. A person can't see a light at the end of the tunnel with the debt hanging over their heads, so they kill their wives and children as well as themselves.

    You are right! Not one of these people have ever been held accountable for their predatory lending practices nor for the deaths they had caused as a result of it all.

    There has to be a way to hold them accountable in some way. Some of these banks have offered some relief in mortgage reductions or other ways, but it doesn't of solve them of the pain and stress they caused to begin with.

    Together we can find away to have this nun's sentence overturned. The pressure will be put on them very shortly through either Petiton's or a Judge finally coming to his or her senses soon.

  •  Outrageous! (1+ / 0-)
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    Eral Felder

    This just goes to show you how completely out of balance and control this government has become. This is a total outrage and it's another example (like Obama ousting a young person from a public gathering for displaying a Go Green T-shirt and banner,) of the dictatorial attitude these people have developed over the years because of their corporate funding.

    Wall Street gets 750 TRILLION dollars for their absolutely criminal behavior and not a single indictment or day in jail for the whole rotten lot of them, but let a 83 year old nun participate in her civic DUTY to express her opinion (see Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson on the subject) and this disgustingly self-serving pack of liars, cheats and (taxpayer) thieves see to it that she goes to jail for three years. I hope that judge has a very interesting life!


    Enough is enough!

  •  Eric Holder (0+ / 0-)

    Holder, you miserable loser, how can you declare in public that you won't prosecute Wall Street bank'sters for clearly criminal behavior because it would damage the economy and then turn around and go after this 84 yr. old activist?  

    Why are we still paying your inflated salary anyway?  Resign!  You're a disgrace to an already disgraced pseudo-profession of parasites.

  •  Fascism (0+ / 0-)

    This sentence shows how brutal government can be. The lady did the government a favour but government reacted in the typical fascist way, suppression of anything they do not like. The guys who did not prevent the intrusion should go to prison because they failed the citizens.

  •  corporations (0+ / 0-)

    because of what they have become will one day be outlawed as inhumane, it did not have to be so...

  •  If we can't lock up the Banksters maybe it is (0+ / 0-)

    time to start locking up the Judges????

  •  I would say I am surprised, but I so am not. (0+ / 0-)

    To quote Abraham Lincoln, from 1863:

    "Corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow."

    Well, we are now at the cul-de-sac of that road. As the sun sets on the American Empire (we have lasted for about the average length of empires), make no mistake; gays, Jews, or abortions have not brought this country to its knees, it is the terminal corruption at its core that has destroyed it, as with every preceding empire .

  •  OMG (0+ / 0-)

    Wow, I don't believe it. I can finally breath now. I've been so tense knowing that this 84 year old nun was loose in our nation ready to cause death and suffering amoungst the people. Thank God our justice system works and has taken this dire threat to our lives and well being off the streets.
    But then I just remembered, there is still that den of evil known as the Raging Grannies out there? Holy crap, my anxiety just came back like a ton of bricks. Why is Congress not passing laws to get these septegenarians and octogenarians in Guantamano and protecting the public?
    Sorry, I've got to go. There's a woman walking down the street who has a full head of grey hair and osteoporosis. I have to find the number for Homeland Security. Not on my watch you evildoer little old lady! We have to protect ourselves.

  •  Nuns who follow their vows (0+ / 0-)

    The reason that a judge gives time to a Nun is so that the issue that she was trying to pinpoint gets lost in the entanglement of the law.  It is ok to run a sloppy nuclear program with tax money but there is a law against pointing it out by religious persons.  We  now know that a group of terrorists could easily get into the plant and take it over.  If they blew it up the wind would blow the fallout from West to East and contaminate the whole world.  We should give this nun a prize for making it clear that the TVA is a joke when it comes to safety at the plant.

  •  Protection of whistleblowers at TVA (0+ / 0-)

    The protection of whistleblowers is another joke at the TVA.  If one were to blow the whistle the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) would not take up the case and the WBer would be left swinging in the wind.  There is no safe way for government WBers to be protected when they expose safety hazards at nuclear plants in the US.  Cross your fingers if you think we are safe from these plants being taken over by terrorists or just breaking down from old age.  There is NO protection from this and that is why we should not be building anymore of them.  As an expert witness for whistleblowers I have tried to help them at TVA and it is an up hill expensive battle because the WBer must finance their defense and the TVA gets federal money to fight their cases.  Talk about an unfair advantage!  We have the best justice that money can buy for the defense (TVA) and nothing for the plaintiff            (whistleblower).

  •  Arrest General Electric board and their CEO's (0+ / 0-)

    General Electric supplied the reactors to Japan, knowing that if a catastrophe occurred there would be no way to stop what is going on right now.  Millions of tons of radioactive water has been dumped into the Pacific ocean over a period of two and a half years and the contamination is still going on.  

    This is a crime against all of humanity and not one person in the Nuclear Power Industry here in the US has had to answer for it.  

    U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar who sentenced this woman to 3 years in prison is a little corporate Boot-lick, anxious for his doggie bone that the nuclear power industry will toss to him for doing their bidding.  A little pat on the head and he sits up straight in the begging position.  

    General Electric and Westinghouse who are heavily leveraged in the nuclear power industry also happen to own CBS and NBC and MSNBC and a couple of others.  I could be wrong maybe it's ABC instead of CBS, but the main thing is that stations owned by those broadcasting systems have totally blacked out any news here in the US as to the dilemma going on over in Japan.  

    Another thing is that they blacked out the near catastrophe that took place at the Fort Calhoun Nebraska Nuclear facility right around the same time the events were unfolding in Japan.  

    People in high places in the broadcasting networks should also have to answer to a court of law for not alerting the public as to the danger that existed at the time.

    Especially when their high-tech giant inner tube, they had surrounded the plant with got punctured by a fork lift.  The water from the flooding river rushed in and nearly swamped the generators that supply the energy to prevent a melt down.  

    The Nuclear boys who designed that particular plant had the brilliant hare-brained idea to build it in a river basin that hadn't flooded for over 50 years. The brilliance of their planning could be seen by looking a few hundred feet from the plant where the hills totally safe from the flood were sitting.  

    The local farmers gathered up there to watch the state of the art,  nuclear crews scramble in rubber hip boots in the yard of the facility as the river kept rising.  They sloshed about knee deep in water, praying to God that the flood would stop.  

    Luckily the flooding river finally peaked and everyone breathed a sigh of relief.  

    So I propose we arrest the numb-skulls who thought a river basin would be an ideal place to build a Nuclear Facility.  Of course we can't do that because that would make too much sense.  

    The world is folly and fools rule the day.  These clowns cannot be held accountable because they can afford giant law firms to protect them from having to be responsible.

    But this elderly woman doesn't have the law firms to back her and she must face these mad dogs by herself.  

    This woman's place in Heaven is assured and the hounds who have brought discomfort on her have forfeited their place.  But that is neither here nor there.  

    This woman Megan Rice is a noble human being.  Look upon her as a champion.  She is like a giant compared to these little spiritual dwarfs who believe in "Profit at any cost." She towers above the boot-lick judge.  Look and let this woman inspire you.


  •  Sounds to me like (0+ / 0-)

    there should have been far better security at the facility.

    This lady and her cohorts should have been given probation, and a hearty thank you for exposing their weakness in security.

    An 84-year-old ex-nun doing hard time in prison? Are you kidding me?

    And the wall Street criminals who stole from ALL OF US and caused many people to lose their homes and commit suicide have not even been charged with a crime?

    Where are our priorities?

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