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February 24, 2014 at 6:30 AM

Give the 84-year-old nun a medal

Tennessee intruders: Rice, Walli, Boertje-Obed  (AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

Tennessee intruders: Rice, Walli, Boertje-Obed
(AP Photo/The Knoxville News Sentinel, Saul Young)

America can hardly sleep more soundly because an elderly protester against nuclear weapons is behind bars. She and two others exposed the expensive joke behind high security for nuclear bomb components.

How about a few demotions, transfers and cancellation of some no-doubt sweet civilian contracts to “protect” the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn.? The idea of Sister Megan Rice, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, and Michael Walli, 65, spending serious time in jail is offensive.

The incident dates to July 2012, and Rice was sentenced last week to 35 months in jail. Congress held hearings last spring on the dismal status of security. The Department of Energy said improvements included management changes and independent security reviews. Right, as if those were needed to discover anything.

CNN recounted how these three heinous peace activists moseyed into the compound. They cut through an outer perimeter chain-link fence, walked nearly a mile on the site, and then cut through three more chain-link fences. Then they spray-painted messages, hoisted banners and splashed human blood on the buildings housing highly secured uranium enrichment facilities.

Hours passed before a security guard, so to speak, eventually discovered them, and they offered him food and started singing.

Perhaps the only person who completely gets this “high security” farce is Edward Snowden. This Tennessee waltz into a secure area rates no higher than civil disobedience. Otherwise, they did the federal government a favor.

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