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NO MORE BOMB PRODUCTION AT Y12… at least for now!!

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Well, who woulda thunk it? Veterans of nonviolent direct action know part of the mystery is being unable to predict outcomes—some are beyond our control and the ones we think we know don’t always work out that way. Part of what MLK called the creative tension.
So three activists take a midnight stroll into the weapons plant and manage to shot down operations! see the article below from Frank Munger’s Atomic City Underground Blog in the Knoxville News-Sentinel.

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Security standdown ordered at Y-12; all nuclear operations put on hold

In an apparently unprecedented action, the government’s contractor today ordered a “security stand-down” at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant. All nuclear operations are being put on hold and all nuclear materials will go into vaults while plant workers focus solely on security.
The order by B&W Y-12, and supported by the National Nuclear Security Administration, comes because of the security lapses that allowed peace protesters to penetrate the plant’s highest security area on Saturday morning.“The National Nuclear Security Administration fully supports this step which is necessary to ensure continued confidence in safe and secure operations at Y-12,” the federal agency said in a press statement.
The statement said the stand down is effective today and is expected to end sometime next week.
During this period, “all special nuclear materials will be moved to vault-type facilities on site, all nuclear operations will be halted, and contractor security personnel will undergo training and refresher instruction.”
According to the federal NNSA, “This is being done to address additional security training and execution deficiencies identified by the contractor after Saturday’s incident. However, all nuclear materials at Y-12 are in safe, secure storage and we remain entirely confident in the security of Y-12′s facilities.”
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9 thoughts on “NO MORE BOMB PRODUCTION AT Y12… at least for now!!

  1. thanx and much congratz- where is this plant? world stands in gratitude- no press i guess- typical-american weapon idolatry (as Phil B wld have sd)-

    Posted by david eberhardt | August 1, 2012, 7:25 pm
  2. So…Riddle me this, We get rid of nuclear weapons in the U.S. yet we still get hit with a nuclear weapon. Then what? I guess we just sit around and watch the fireworks till we are “Well Done”? Seriously! Whats the plan? I really want to know!

    Posted by Thomas | August 2, 2012, 3:21 am
    • We DON’T get rid of nuclear weapons in the U.S. yet we still get hit with a nuclear weapon. Then what?
      The plan now is to respond in kind, and launch global thermonuclear war. Either way, enjoy the fireworks.
      I’d rather go with he disarmament option and imagine what we could reclaim in good will and social capital. Our nukes have always justified theirs, and with nuclear disarmament, they no longer could.

      Posted by Jack | August 2, 2012, 3:59 pm
      • So you tend to think that “IF” we go with nuclear disarmament that other countries would follow? Seems a little naive?

        Posted by Thomas | August 3, 2012, 6:29 pm
    • Thomas, The US and the other nuclear-armed nations have all promised repeatedly in various treaties to accomplish complete nuclear disarmament. The US is the primary obstructor of that process since at Y-12 and 2 other production sites in the US plans move forward for a next generation of more modern and more destructive nuclear weapons. The activists went to Y-12 to bring attention to that fact.

      Posted by E B | August 2, 2012, 4:42 pm
      • Since you say that The U.S. is the primary obstructor of the process then why did they choose to do this at Y-12? The people at Y-12 are not the decision makers they are just doing a job. Why didn’t they choose to pour blood on, hit with hammers and spray paint the White House? Isn’t D.C. where they make these decisions?
        Don’t you think that this just sends up a red flag to terrorist groups of primary targets?
        How do you know that they are producing nukes at Y-12, could it be they are enriching uranium for power plants and subs? Where is the proof?

        Posted by Thomas | August 3, 2012, 7:19 pm
  3. “Security, Security, Security…” Is that all PBS commentators can think about? They can’t even read any more. The banner was right there bigger than life: a PEACE message. What a “defacement” or was it desacration: blood on the outer wall!! When will we stop worshipping arms production and military options. We never take them “off the table” Homeland security has made us a sick people.

    Posted by Peter C. Hinde | August 2, 2012, 10:08 pm
  4. those who transform there swords into plowshares will plow for those who do not

    Posted by rougaroux | August 2, 2012, 10:29 pm

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