The New Yorker and Nuts, Nuns and Nukes

The Plowshares movement was inspired by Dorothy Day, a Greenwich Village bohemian who converted to Catholicism and urged resistance to all wars. In the Vietnam era, Philip Berrigan led actions to symbolically destroy the nuclear arsenal. CREDIT ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALEX WILLIAMSON; LEFT TO RIGHT: GETTY (DOROTHY DAY); BETTMAN / CORBIS (PHILIP BERRIGAN AND PROTEST MARCH)

The Plowshares movement was inspired by Dorothy Day, a Greenwich Village bohemian who converted to Catholicism and urged resistance to all wars. In the Vietnam era, Philip Berrigan led actions to symbolically destroy the nuclear arsenal.
CREDIT: THE NEW YORKER; ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALEX WILLIAMSON; LEFT TO RIGHT: GETTY (DOROTHY DAY); BETTMAN / CORBIS (PHILIP BERRIGAN AND PROTEST MARCH)

Yesterday, on my twitter account,* Keith K. called to my attention to a long and very detailed article in the New Yorker that I completely missed regarding the break in at the nuke storage facility. See Eric Schlosser, Break-In at Y-12, How a handful of pacifists and nuns exposed the vulnerability of America’s nuclear-weapons sites, New Yorker (March 9, 2015).

The article is extremely well done. It paints a full picture of the Plowshares movement and the abysmal state of our nation’s security systems for nuclear weapons and fuel.

Please read the article and tell me what you think. Thanks to Keith K!

RGK

*My practice is to use twitter only as a device to send out new posts. I make a practice of not responding to twitter users because I don’t have time to do so, and I don’t much like the medium (“smoke signals” are often hard to understand). On this occasion only, I break my rule.

2 responses

  1. This well-written and researched New Yorker article reinforces my opinion that the “nuns and nuts” ought to be given at least a pat on the back. They have done the nation a service, and exposed the feckless officials who call themselves security experts. To prosecute them for sabotage is a textbook example of prosecutorial overreach. Would that certain federal officials could be prosecuted for gross incompetence.

  2. After reading the article, I’ve decided that the next time you mention that locals are yokels I’ll post the New Yorker link as a reminder that sometimes the feds are yokels too.

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