On 4 December, three US peace activists, including an 82-year old nun, sister Megan Rice, were charged with injuring national defence premises, a crime under the US Sabotage Act with a maximum sentence of 20 years.
In July 2012, sister Rice, Greg Boertje-Obed and Michael Walli (the ‘Transform Now Plowshares’) entered a uranium storage facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and splashed blood and spray-painted messages of peace on the walls.
The three acknowledge their actions, but argue that it is the US government that is committing crimes by building and maintaining nuclear weapons.
The Sabotage Act charges were imposed after the three refused a plea bargain with the US Attorney.
The Huffington Post reported sister Megan as saying: ‘There’s nothing to negotiate. Our ultimate purpose is the ending of nuclear weapons.’