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by Linda LeTendre

Waging Peace

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Linda LeTendre fights for a peaceful world.

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At what is supposed to be one of the most secure facilities in the USA, in the early morning hours of July 28, 2012, three elderly people, one of them a nun, cut through three security fences and spray- painted peace slogans and human blood on the wall of a building at the Y-12 National Security Complex. This facility houses enough weapons-grade uranium to utterly obliterate the entire human civilization on the entire planet several times over.

Despite an annual expenditure of $150 million for security for the facility, Sr. Megan Rice, (83), Greg Boertje-Obed (57) and Michael Walli (63) got past multiple security cameras, which were broken for months and motion sensor alarms which guards disregarded because they were constantly being set off by wildlife.

The three were convicted of willfully damaging federal property and of sabotaging national defense material and face spending the rest of their lives in prison.

Not even charged were the six people in the US Air Force who “lost” six hydrogen bombs for a day and a half in 2007 -- nor were the people who failed to tell the crew what they were carrying. Or the Air Force people who lost communication with an entire squadron of 50 Minuteman nuclear missiles for more than an hour. Or the people in the Air Force who have lied about such incidents (there are more) to save face. Oh and the people at Malmstrom base in Montana who were cheating, or who were complicit in cheating, on the monthly exams that are supposed to ensure that they were capable of safely overseeing our vast arsenal of nuclear destruction were not arrested (let alone tried or convicted) either.

Grounded in scripture, especially Isiah 2:4 (And they will hammer their swords into plowshares...), the three feel that nuclear weapons are the single greatest threat to God's creation today and set out to nonviolently bear witness to this.

As the country has moved towards a corporate owned government (also known as Fascism) the penalties for people engaging in nonviolent civil disobedience (I like to think of them as truth tellers) have become much more severe. Barrett Brown, the journo-activist, is facing 105 years in jail for his work in exposing the surveillance of other activists by private government contractors. Aaron Swartz, facing 35 years after he disseminated millions of papers from the scientific database JSTOR in an effort to liberate publicly funded research, hanged himself. Michael Hastings, a prominent journalist for Rolling Stone, died in a very mysterious fiery crash this past June. He wrote a piece about Gen. Stanley McCrystal that led to his resignation as U.S. commander in Afghanistan. At the time of his death, Hastings was finishing a piece on the NSA.

You can support the Y-12 three by asking for leniency by clicking here.

Do so by Monday, Jan. 27. Sentencing is Tuesday, Jan. 28 and petition signatures will be delivered to the judge at the hearing. Over 11,000 people have already signed. Your voice really will make a difference.

In the meantime it would not be a bad idea to ask the nuclear weapons inspectors for Iran to come and give our back yard a look see.

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