Is Government Intelligence a Contradiction in Terms?

Is government intelligence a contradiction in terms?

The reason I ask is because an 83-year-old nun and her two not-so-Rambo-esq buddies managed to break into the Y-12 National Security Complex last July and spend two hours putzing around hanging banners and putting up crime scene tape before anybody noticed.

They also sprayed baby bottles filled with human blood on the walls.

Now think about this. An 83-year-old nun breaks into our nation’s top nuclear weapons manufacturing facility and doo-dahs around the missiles for two hours before somebody asks her what she’s doing there. 

If that isn’t enough to make you question the intelligence of our intelligence people, consider this. The laff-alot boys put her on trial. And the equally glum jury found her guilty.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll sleep a lot better knowing that Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus is behind bars. Of course, the fact that she managed to do this at our nation’s top nuclear weapons manufacturing facility may still have me tossing and turning a bit.

After all, if an 83-year-old nun can do it, there’s a slight possibility that someone who wants to do more than hang banners and splash blood on the missiles might get in there. We’ve already seen what mass murderers with initiative can do with fertilizer and ball bearings. Do we really want a demonstration of what they can do with nukes?

Putting this elderly nun in jail does not make us safer. In fact, it probably makes us less safe. I regard the whole trial as the brain flab of a bunch of government bureaucrats who got their pants pulled down in public and are angry about it. People like this act like embarrassed cats when their stupidity gets paraded around. That, and not national security, or some slavish devotion to “the law” is the reason for the trial.

If they gave two flips about keeping this country safe, Sister Rice and her elderly cohorts would never have been able to pull this off. Let’s face it. We aren’t safe. And Sister Rice proved it to us. 

Instead of sending her to jail, they should pin a medal on her for making the rest of us aware of the scandalous lack of security at this facility — a lack of security that endangers every man, woman and child in this nation. I do think it would be a good idea to delay the medal-pinning ceremony until after they sit the Sister down and ask her how she did it. That might be nice to know.

As for sending people to jail, maybe we should look at whoever is in charge of security at this plant. It sounds like they are guilty of gross negligence and dereliction of duty. Of course, that is the real reason Sister Rice will be snoozing in the big house. These cats are covering their litter with a stupid trial and conviction.

I just hope the security is better at the prison than it is at our nuclear weapons facilities. It’s terrifying to think what might happen if Sister Megan busts out.

From CNA:

.- Sister Megan Rice of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus was convicted May 8 for breaking into and causing damage at a Tennessee nuclear weapons manufacturing facility.

The 83-year-old nun was accompanied in the July break-in by Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed, all of whom are members of Transform Now Plowshares. The three were convicted after two-and-a-half hours of jury deliberation.

On May 4, Sr. Mary Ann Buckley, head of the American Province of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, said the order “would like to express our deep concern” over the trial.

“It should be noted that Sr. Megan was arrested as she and two others engaged in a peaceful protest, offering prayer for the thousands who have lost their lives as a result of nuclear weapons,” Sr. Buckley, representing the Society, said.

On July 28, the three protestors cut through security fences to enter the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, which enriches and stores uranium for nuclear weapons.

They hung banners and crime-scene tape, and hammered small chunks off a wall, spending about two hours in the complex before being approached by a guard. (Read more here.)

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  • Dale

    Their sentencing is scheduled for September 23rd. Until that time, they will be held in jail. The judge ruled that, because the crimes were so serious he had no choice but to make that order. The three have plead guilty to offenses which meet the standard of the “federal crime of terrorism.”

  • Dale

    A local newspaper took a photo in December, nearly 5 months after the break-in, which shows that the hole in the fence had only been repaired with a plastic tie and some twine.

  • tedseeber

    Hooray for Sister Rice!

    • Bill S

      Why? What did she accomplish?

      • Dale

        Bill, you ask a fair question. The intent of the protesters was to draw national attention to the continued existence of nuclear weapons and what they consider to be US militarism.

        Quoting from their action statement:

        “A loving and compassionate Creator invites us to take the urgent and decisive steps to transform the U.S.empire, and this facility, into life-giving alternatives which resolve real problems of poverty and environmental degradation for all.”

        Although their motive received some publicity immediately after their arrest, its discussion has largely been lost to a discussion of the need for better security.

        So did they achieve anything? If lax security has been corrected, then I suppose what they did was important. That wasn’t their goal, although I doubt they disapprove of better security.

        Their goal was to offer a prophetic witness against nuclear weapons and against US policy and the values it prioritizes. I think the percentage of persons who are reached by such a prophetic witness is small. But those who are moved by such a principled stand will draw inspiration from it. Whether such a prophetic witness can change the attitudes of the general public, to any significant degree, seems unlikely. The public is apathetic since nuclear weapons and militarism have no direct effect on their personal lives.