Activist US nun found guilty of breaking into nuclear site
An anti-nuclear protester pushes his bicycle as a police officer stands guard during a march in Tokyo March 10, 2013. REUTERS/Issei KatoAn 83-year-old Catholic nun, Sister Megan Rice, has been convicted for breaking into a U.S. nuclear site with two collaborators, according to a BBC report.
The three activists were found guilty of more than $1,000 of damage to government property, caused when they broke into the Y-12 nuclear site in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in July 2012.
They could now face up to 10 years in prison.
The activists, who belong to the group Transform Now Plowshares, have declared their commitment to fighting against nuclear weapons, which they said "do not provide security.” They defend their action as an attempt to "provide real security and expose false security."
The activists have confessed to cutting the fence, walking around in the site and spray painting messages in the two hours they spent inside.
The complex was first constructed during the Manhattan Project, which developed the first nuclear bomb, and processes and stores uranium.