Time to ‘Speak Out, Not Hold Your Peace’ About the Kellogg-Briand Pact Outlawing WarSubmitted by legalizeliberty on Sat, 09/01/2012 - 11:00
On July 28th 2012, Michael Wali, Megan Rice, and Greg Boertje-Obed entered the Y-12 National Security Complex at Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the pre-dawn hours by cutting a fence. They hoisted banners, spray painted messages, and poured their blood on the nation’s only storage facility for weapons grade highly enriched uranium. They were arrested and immediately charged with misdemeanor trespass. Several days later, charges were raised to felony level, so the trio is now facing up to a $600,000 fine and 16 years in prison.
The plant was shut down for security reasons. In Congress, the uproar focused on "how could this have happened?" The "Plowshares" action, rightly named after the Biblical injunction from the prophets Micah and Isaiah to beat swords into ploughshares, comes among similar acts of conscience that always leave authorities wondering how could this have happened? How is it that what they’ve come to see as their ultimate protection and salvation is so easily penetrated? The prosecutor went on and on how horrible this was: "They schemed and planned and coordinated this event. They snuck into the facility under the veil of night. These people are a catalyst for violence- they will offend again."
However, according to treaties, the "supreme law of the land" according to the Constitution and other international and domestic law, it is the weapons makers and weapons users who should be prosecuted.