Friday, February 15, 2013

Nuclear nun update

An update on our nun, who is not Megan Fox, and her friends.
 
In the arguments about what the U.S. Government will, or won't do in (self perceived) extremes to its own citizens, we might want to look at some protesters who cut a chain link fence, snuck into a (poorly guarded) facility, spread around some blood, and photographed themselves with a sign.

Punishing Anti-Nuke Protesters
John La Forge, consortiumnews.com, 13 February 2013 (hat tip: NC)
All three are out of jail on conditional release preparing for trial — set for May 7 — on three felony charges that together carry a maximum of 35 years on prison. Yes, 35 years for trespassing, spray painting and embarrassing.
Good think they didn't kill anyone! They'd be looking at serious time!

One wonders if they are being prosecuted for their crimes, or prosecuted for embarrassing those in power?  You don't have to agree with their particular protest to question what is going on.

4 comments:

Francis Lee said...

A little over the top, I think examples are being made!

PioneerPreppy said...

Yes it is over the top but I don't think it is an examples thing. I believe it is more a case of the criminalization of America that has been going on for years. In today's climate even parking violations can become felonies in certain circumstances.

Larry Kollar said...

When I was a kid (oh dang, now I'm officially old, I said THAT) the penalty for defacing public property was a day or so of community service—in other words, you have to clean up your mess. Well, we've all been criminals ever since "contempt of Congress" has been a crime…

russell1200 said...

Francis: I think the example, as Pioneer notes, is to put anyone even a little out of line in prison. It also intersects with the large, privately-run, prison industry trying to keep its cells filled in an aging country with declining violence.

Larry: At any time about 6% of the population is not in contempt of congress. For example, my 9-year old might be O.K. with them, and most newborns are indifferent.