Plowshares now and nuclear weapons

There is currently a trial going on in Knoxville, TN, about a three activists who broke into the repository of nuclear weapons.   There is an excellent account of their caper in the Washington Post.

Three peace activists endangered U.S. national security last year when they breached a secure facility where enriched uranium for nuclear bombs is stored, a federal official testified on Tuesday at their trial on charges of sabotage and destruction of federal property.

Steven Erhart, site manager for the heavily guarded Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, said the break-in by an 83-year-old nun and two others resulted in a 15-day shutdown that disrupted operations at one of the primary manufacturing facilities for the U.S. nuclear weapons program.

They walked into this super-secure facility,  cut fences, and entered the “shoot to kill” zone.   The alarms went off, and the security systems and people  failed to respond.  The only person fired was the security officier who finally found them.  He recognized them as elderly pacifists, and apparently failed to shoot them on sight.  The national security state wants to punish these trespassers.  They should be thanked for exposing the weakness of the security at this site.

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