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82-year-old Breaks into Nuclear Weapons Facility Armed with Loaf of Bread!

Loaf wars

MAY 13, 2015. A gang of  senior citizens, imprisoned for breaking into a nuclear weapons facility in 2012, recently appealed against their sentences. Convicted of acts against national defense under the Sabotage Act, Megan Rice 82,  Michael Walli, 66 and Greg-Boertje-Obed 59 broke into the “Fort Knox” of weapons-grade uranium, the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility inside the Y-12 complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, armed with a loaf of bread. When challenged by a security guard, the three saboteurs brandished the loaf at him. It was not revealed whether the bread was wholemeal or white. It is believed the three may also have been carrying loaded paintbrushes.

Speaking off the record, a government spokesperson would not say whether there were any plans to equip U.S. forces with the most up to date, fresh loaves available. Behind the scenes, arms companies are believed to be building up for a bun fight.

Apart from the last paragraph, this actually happened. Instead of showing forgiveness, considering their ages, they were deprived of their liberty. Seems rather harsh when bankers defrauding the economy of billions don’t even see the inside of a court.

At least the appeals court judge recognized the injustice committed and put right, if rather belatedy. Read the full story at Counterpunch: Nuclear Weapons Protesters’ Sabotage Conviction Overturned.

Wesley Coll writes more information about the original case and the ‘saboteurs’ on his blog CollTales. Click onto: Nuke’s for Nuts to get the background.

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5 comments on “82-year-old Breaks into Nuclear Weapons Facility Armed with Loaf of Bread!

  1. rangewriter
    May 14, 2015

    Wow that is just crazy, especially since I’d not heard a thing about this incident. It seems like these 3 ought to be lauded for having revealed the security breach.

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  2. Colltales
    May 13, 2015

    She’s one of my heroes, Bryan. Amusing that they should be afraid, very afraid of people like her. http://colltales.com/2014/02/20/nukes-for-nuts/
    We may need someone like her (and them) here in New York: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/13/nyregion/fire-prompts-renewed-calls-to-close-the-indian-point-nuclear-plant.html?_r=0

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    • Bryan Hemming
      May 13, 2015

      Though not in the way they intended, seems to me they did the government a favour by exposing a security weakness.

      That is more than David Petraeus did, unless you count getting caught red-handed passing classified documents on to an unauthorised third party, exposing a security weakness. But then the difference is, the former Director of the CIA thought he could get away with gross abuse of his position, whereas our three heroes almost certainly knew they wouldn´t.

      Patraeus got off with 2 yrs probation and a fine. Who have believed the luck of the draw in justice, eh?

      I expect he´ll be following the probation restrictions to the letter.

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  3. Nil
    May 13, 2015

    The ‘war-machine’ will never realise it is proving its own absurdity…
    I hope those guys will be out on the street again soon!

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