Wednesday, May 8, 2013

More Punitive "Justice"

Trey Smith

In a previous post today, I shared with you the case of Spc. William Millay who was sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for attempting to commit espionage for money. As luck would have, three other individuals face a similar sentence.
An elderly nun and two other environmental activists who broke into a supposedly secure facility that stores enriched uranium for nuclear bombs [went] on trial on Tuesday over the incident that embarrassed the U.S. government.

Lawyers will present opening arguments in the case of the three activists charged with sabotage and destruction of government property after they cut through several fences in July to reach the heavily guarded Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

They admitted to walking for two hours through the complex, which prosecutors described as the "Fort Knox" of U.S. nuclear installations, and spray-painted slogans and hammered on the walls of an enriched uranium facility.
Okay, let's recap. Millay was attempting to sell state secrets to Russia. These three folks are guilty of a symbolic gesture. Millay committed his crime to enrich his own bank account. The three activists were protesting against our violent foreign policy -- acts that involved no personal financial enrichment whatsoever.

But these three peace and environmental activists face the potential of serving the same number of years as Millay in federal prison.

Something is seriously wrong with not only our justice system, but the whole of our society!!

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