Nun, 82, Allegedly Splashed Human Blood on Nuke Plant
Two men and an 82-year-old nun who allegedly broke into the U.S. government’s only storage facility for weapons-grade enriched uranium and splashed it with human blood may face additional charges, the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Tennessee told ABC News Thursday.
The peace activists, Sister Megan Rice, 82, of Nevada; Michael Walli, 63, of Washington, D.C.; and Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, of Duluth, Minn., were charged with trespassing after allegedly breaking into the Y-12 national security complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said more charges would be filed against the defendants, but did not say what the charges would be.
“Some of the defendants here have prior records involving various facilities through the country,” said Killian. “This is a matter of national security and it is a significant case.”
The protestors, who are members of the “Transform Now Plowshares” movement, allegedly cut through four fences to gain access to the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, which holds enriched uranium. According to Wyatt, they spray-painted the building and splashed human blood on it, according to Y-12 spokesman Steven Wyatt. They also left banners and read from the Bible.
Josh McConaha, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, said the alleged intruders had “no access” to any nuclear material — “not even close.” [more]