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    Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to 35 months in prison Tuesday for breaking into a nuclear facility, her lawyer said.
    In May, a federal jury in Knoxville, Tennessee, found Sister Megan Rice; Greg Boertje-Obed, 57; and Michael Walli, 63, guilty of destroying U.S. government property and causing more than $1,000 in damage to federal property.
    It was not immediately clear what the sentences were for the two other peace activists.
    The incident began before dawn on July 28, 2012, when the three cut through a chain-link fence surrounding the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
    They then walked nearly a mile, cutting through three more fences and breaching what was supposed to be the most tightly secured uranium processing and storage facility in the country.
    It was not until hours later that a guard finally confronted the activists who, by then, had hoisted banners, spray-painted messages and splattered human blood on a building that houses highly enriched uranium.

    Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in - CNN.com


    Sounds like she did them a favor. Hard to imagine that 3 years in the click will "cure" her.

    I have to wonder if any heads will roll over the lapse in security?

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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to 35 months in prison Tuesday for breaking into a nuclear facility, her lawyer said.
    In May, a federal jury in Knoxville, Tennessee, found Sister Megan Rice; Greg Boertje-Obed, 57; and Michael Walli, 63, guilty of destroying U.S. government property and causing more than $1,000 in damage to federal property.
    It was not immediately clear what the sentences were for the two other peace activists.
    The incident began before dawn on July 28, 2012, when the three cut through a chain-link fence surrounding the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
    They then walked nearly a mile, cutting through three more fences and breaching what was supposed to be the most tightly secured uranium processing and storage facility in the country.
    It was not until hours later that a guard finally confronted the activists who, by then, had hoisted banners, spray-painted messages and splattered human blood on a building that houses highly enriched uranium.

    Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in - CNN.com


    Sounds like she did them a favor. Hard to imagine that 3 years in the click will "cure" her.

    I have to wonder if any heads will roll over the lapse in security?
    I never even heard of this case before you mentioned it.

    So thanks.

    Although I must admit that the thought of a bunch of old ladies cutting through a fence and breaking into a nuclear facility made me laugh.

    That's book material.

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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    An 84-year-old nun was sentenced to 35 months in prison Tuesday for breaking into a nuclear facility, her lawyer said.
    In May, a federal jury in Knoxville, Tennessee, found Sister Megan Rice; Greg Boertje-Obed, 57; and Michael Walli, 63, guilty of destroying U.S. government property and causing more than $1,000 in damage to federal property.
    It was not immediately clear what the sentences were for the two other peace activists.
    The incident began before dawn on July 28, 2012, when the three cut through a chain-link fence surrounding the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
    They then walked nearly a mile, cutting through three more fences and breaching what was supposed to be the most tightly secured uranium processing and storage facility in the country.
    It was not until hours later that a guard finally confronted the activists who, by then, had hoisted banners, spray-painted messages and splattered human blood on a building that houses highly enriched uranium.

    Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in - CNN.com


    Sounds like she did them a favor. Hard to imagine that 3 years in the click will "cure" her.

    I have to wonder if any heads will roll over the lapse in security?
    I don't know what being an 84 year old nun has to do with it. They, including the others with her, did the crime. I also agree they did a favor in exposing the lax security. However that would've been the case had it been a gang of teenagers who wanted nothing more than to graffiti the place, ie had no activist agenda. I would imagine however that had it been a gang of teens and not an 84 year nun and a group of activists, even if the damage was exactly the same, the comments here would be very different. I'm on a kick lately of wanting to bring that up in these law and order conversations. Anyway, I think it's too much, but I'd think it was too much if an otherwise non-violent "gang" of teens did exactly the same thing just for ****s and giggles.
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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post
    I never even heard of this case before you mentioned it.

    So thanks.

    Although I must admit that the thought of a bunch of old ladies cutting through a fence and breaking into a nuclear facility made me laugh.





    That's book material.



    I'm not saying that they should get a medal, but as Top Cat said those people did everyone in the USA a favor by showing how lax security is at these nuclear installations.

    If they could do this, some real terrorists could do the same thing.

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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    I'm not saying that they should get a medal, but as Top Cat said those people did everyone in the USA a favor by showing how lax security is at these nuclear installations.

    If they could do this, some real terrorists could do the same thing.
    Security is kind of an afterthought when things like this are happening to nuclear reactor heads in your own back yard.


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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Well damn they should tighten up security at this faucilitys... also... human blood? where in the world did they get a whole bunch of that? this is so strange...

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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by Chocolate View Post
    Well damn they should tighten up security at this faucilitys... also... human blood? where in the world did they get a whole bunch of that? this is so strange...


    I just can't imagine where a human could find human blood.

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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammed View Post


    I just can't imagine where a human could find human blood.
    I don't get it.... I'm sorry if I am unaware of the huge blood containers sold at the super market but really where did they get blood? is it there own? and stop being an ass :/

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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by Summerwind View Post
    I don't know what being an 84 year old nun has to do with it. They, including the others with her, did the crime. I also agree they did a favor in exposing the lax security. However that would've been the case had it been a gang of teenagers who wanted nothing more than to graffiti the place, ie had no activist agenda. I would imagine however that had it been a gang of teens and not an 84 year nun and a group of activists, even if the damage was exactly the same, the comments here would be very different. I'm on a kick lately of wanting to bring that up in these law and order conversations. Anyway, I think it's too much, but I'd think it was too much if an otherwise non-violent "gang" of teens did exactly the same thing just for ****s and giggles.
    We're speculating here, but the major difference between a gang of teens tagging and these folks is that the teens aren't likely to do it again. This bunch is dedicated to their cause and most likely made it clear to authorities that they would be right back at it as soon as they are released.

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    Re: Nun, 84, sentenced to 35 months for nuclear break-in

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    We're speculating here, but the major difference between a gang of teens tagging and these folks is that the teens aren't likely to do it again. This bunch is dedicated to their cause and most likely made it clear to authorities that they would be right back at it as soon as they are released.
    True, this group is more likely to reoffend. Thank you for noting that.
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