Peace activist or Terrorist? What happens when the government decides.

eace activists Sr. Megan Rice, 82, Greg Boertje-Obed, 57, and Michael Walli, 63,
From left, Greg Boertje-Obed, Sister Megan Rice, and Michael Walli. (Photo: Saul Young/News Sentinel)

Have you heard the joke about what happens when a nun and 2 peace activists break into a nuclear weapons production facility? Neither have I, but I read the article about what happened in real life. It’s both disturbing and ridiculous. Three people, a woman(a nun) and two men,  cut through two chain fences to spray paint, hang signs, and sing songs about peace.  They were arrested and charged with trespassing. This is normally followed by a fine or short prion sentence. Instead the DOA got involved and continued to escalate the charges while taking away their rights until they became terrorists.  They are in jail and awaiting sentencing that could last for 30+ years.

Is the lesson A or B? A) If you are going to protest, make sure you don’t trespass or destroy the property of someone else.  We need to be more vigilant in keeping the government from having such ridiculous amounts of power. I think the lesson is both with a very strong leaning towards B. While I personally find that trespassing and graffiti vandalism is not the way to go, this is an absolute waste of prison tax dollars and an embarrassment to our democratic country that so hypocritically says “justice for all”.

In a mere five months, government charges transformed them from misdemeanor trespassers to multiple felony saboteurs…” Continue reading at http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/05/15-7  Just remember if you are going to protest their sentencing you better be smart about it.

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