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.
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.”