NH #392: Anti-Nuclear Peace Nun Who Broke into “High Security” US Site to Protest Nuclear Weapons: Sister Megan Rice

Anti-nuclear peace nun Sister Megan Rice, upon her 2015 release from prison on sabotage charges
for her peaceful break-in and protest – at age 82 – at the Y-12 “Nuclear  Fort Knox”

This Week’s Featured Interviews:

To celebrate the holidays, a reminder of one of 2015’s successes — the early release from prison of the anti-nuclear peace nun, Sister Megan Rice, one of three brave activists who broke into high security nuclear weapons at the Y-12 nuclear facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee – the so-called “Fort Knox of Nuclear“- to protest nukes and war.  She was arrested on-site and, at age 82, convicted of sabotage – a conviction that was overturned 2 years later.

We’ll hear from:

  • Sister Megan Rice, the now 88-year-old anti-nuclear peace nun.  Shespeaks at length about the peaceful 2012 Transform Now Plowshares protest action.   She and two other activists broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee which resulted in her being charged with sabotage and sentenced to almost three years in prison.  Recorded when she was newly out of prison pending a re-sentencing hearing.  All further charges were later dropped.  The break in was an antiwar protest referred to as “the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex.”
  • Co-defendant Gregory Boertje-Obed, 60, who along with co-defendant Michael Walli, 68, was sentenced to over five years in prison for their non-violent protest.

Originally presented on May 26, 2015, for Nuclear Hotseat #205.

Anti-nuclear peace nun Sister Megan Rice & co-protestors Michael Walli (l) and Gregory Bortje-Obed (r)

LINKS to the Transform Now Plowshares statement and Indictment of Oak Ridge for War Crimes that were drawn up by these three brave activists and read at the Y-12 site.

Numnutz of the Week (for Outstanding Nuclear Boneheadedness):

OH NO!  They can’t POSSIBLY be telling us to follow BERT THE TURTLE again!  AAAAAAaaaahhhh….!