Sr. Megan Rice, Nun, Sentenced After Nuclear Break-In

In July 2012, Sister Megan Rice (who was 82 years old at the time) and two other religious peace activists, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli, broke into the Y-12 National Security Complex, a nuclear weapons reservation in Tennessee. Bypassing the complex’s numerous security measures and ignoring the sign threatening the use of lethal force against trespassers, the protesters squirted baby bottles filled with human blood, supposedly symbolizing the blood of children spilled by nuclear weapons, on the wall of a uranium storage bunker and hung banners on which were written pacifistic Biblical quotes such as “Swords into Plowshares” and “Spears into Pruning Hooks” from the Book of Isaiah. When the protesters were finally discovered, over two hours later, singing in the restricted area, they offered food, a Bible, candles, and white roses to the guards.

The nuclear facility that Sr. Megan Rice and her compatriots illegally entered.

The nuclear facility that Sr. Megan Rice and her compatriots illegally entered.

According to The New York Times, the break-in qualifies as “the biggest security breach in the history of the nation’s atomic complex”. Afterwards, the facility was shut down while the guards were retrained and the security contractor was replaced.

The protesters’ trial concluded on Tuesday. Rice was sentenced to 35 months in prison, while Boertje-Obed and Walli were sentenced to 62 months each. Some questioned whether the activists should be sentenced at all; in fact, government officials were grateful to them for revealing the nuclear complex’s security weaknesses. The judge who ruled on the case received thousands of letters in support of the protesters; however, he disapproved of their apparent lack of remorse for their actions. Rice herself asked to be sentenced to life in prison while in court, presumably in order to draw more attention to her cause.

— Maria Juran, Staff Writer

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