In July 2012, three American peace activists (Greg Boertje-Obed, 57; Sr. Megan Rice, 82; and Michael Walli, 63), engaged in nonviolent, direct action by entering the high-security, Y-12 nuclear weapons materials factory in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA.
Their intent was to draw international attention to the United States’ secret, ongoing development and production of newly redesigned H-bombs in direct violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the president’s 2009 promise of a national commitment to seek “a world without nuclear weapons.”
The U.S. government plans to build a total of three new nuclear weapons production factories in order to produce up to 80 new B-61 H-bombs per year.
For them, the secrecy, the deception, the illegality, and the immorality of these nuclear war preparations were too blatant to ignore.
Their violation was trespass at most — even though they knew they were putting themselves at serious risk which, if convicted, could result in many years in prison.
They acted out of a humanitarian responsibility to arouse the conscience of others to end the madness of continued nuclear preparations (“modernization!”) and the ever-haunting, unthinkable carnage of nuclear war itself.