Dan Zak: Prophets of Oak Ridge – Activists as Terrorists — Conscience vs. Courts

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Dan Zak
Dan Zak

This is the story of two competing worldviews, of conscience vs. court, of fantasy vs. reality, of history vs. the future.

The Prophets of Oak Ridge

Dan Zak

Washington Post, 30 April 2013

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Last summer, in the dead of night, three peace activists penetrated the exterior of Y-12 in Tennessee, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the United States. A drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter. They face trial next week on charges that fall under the sabotage section of the U.S. criminal code. And if they had been terrorists armed with explosives, intent on mass destruction? That nightmare scenario underlies the government’s response to the intrusion. This is the story of two competing worldviews, of conscience vs. court, of fantasy vs. reality, of history vs. the future.

“It’s idolatry, putting trust in weapons. And weapons are made like gods. … Weapons are always false gods because they make money. It’s profiteering.”Sister Megan Rice

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