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Tue May 7, 2013, 07:34 PM

Lawyers: Tenn. nuclear plant break-in was symbolic act featuring 'Biblical graffiti'

Source: Associated Press

Lawyers for an 83-year-old nun and two fellow nuclear protesters called their intrusion into a nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge in July a symbolic act featuring “Biblical graffiti,” while prosecutors said Tuesday the act was a serious security breach that continues to disrupt operations.

The trial of Sister Megan Rice and Michael Walli, both of Washington, D.C., and Greg Boertje-Obed of Duluth, Minn., got underway in Knoxville with testimony from Steven C. Erhart, the top federal official at the Y-12 National Security Complex.

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Defense attorney Bill Quigley read several critical findings from a Department of Energy inspector general’s report following the break-in, including that the perceived security at the plant officials liked to call the “Fort Knox of uranium” was unjustified and that a culture of complacency contributed to allowing the three elderly protesters to roam the facility for about two hours.

Erhart took issue with the complacency description.

“I believe a better term would have been the normalization of a deviation from the optimum,” he said, bringing chuckles from the audience largely made up of supporters of the defendants.

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Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/lawyers-tenn-nuclear-plant-break-in-was-symbolic-act-featuring-biblical-graffiti/2013/05/07/0175b4ee-b740-11e2-b568-6917f6ac6d9d_story.html

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Tue May 7, 2013, 07:42 PM

1. Nukespeak: it's not a culture of complacency, it's "normalization of a deviation from the optimum"

LOL, we're going to hear some fine nukespeak during this trial!

From Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nukespeak:_Nuclear_Language,_Visions_and_Mindset

Nukespeak: Nuclear Language, Visions and Mindset

Nukespeak: Nuclear Language, Visions and Mindset is a 1982 book by Stephen Hilgartner, Richard C. Bell and Rory O'Connor. This book is a concise history of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in the United States, with special emphasis on the language of the "nuclear mindset".

The National Council of Teachers of English gave the book's authors an Orwell Award in 1982.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Tue May 7, 2013, 08:34 PM

2. These defendants deserve MEDALs, not jail. They exposed a terrible lack of basic security at

a target at which any would-be REAL terrorist could have struck.

Now instead of nuclear mayhem, they have upgraded the place to a somewhat better standing.

Bozos.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Wed May 8, 2013, 08:24 AM

3. What kind of biblical graffiti?

Judges 4:21?

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Wed May 8, 2013, 10:32 AM

4. 'Biblical graffiti' was the name of my christen led zepplin cover band in college, nt

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