Monday, August 20, 2012
Special Farces Troupes Mock Policies
Special Farces troupes mock national security state policies in USA, and in Russia:
On August 2, 2012, a small group of anti-nuclear weapons activists invaded the grounds surrounding the USA's repository of highly enriched uranium, at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This uranium is intended to be used for the construction of a new generation of nuclear weapons, if such should be deemed necessary. The activists penetrated three layers of security fencing around the repository, sprayed the exterior walls of the repository with anti-nuclear weapons slogans, and draped the walls with crime-scene tape. This was a well-intentioned, albeit farcical performance, by a dedicated Special Farces troupe.
Three of the performers were arrested and incarcerated, and the US government is now reported to be considering harsh punishments for the felonious destruction of public property. The trial is scheduled to take place in October. Evidently, the desecration of a building (the Highly Enriched Uranium Materials Facility, at Y-12) dedicated to the perpetuation of the current nuclear weapons policies of the US national security state is not going to be tolerated.
Earlier, on February 21, 2012, a small group of political activists staged an impromptu concert inside a Moscow cathedral. They sang a song in which they implied the existence of unsavory relations between the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, and leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church. Interestingly, and amusingly, these same clerics have been recently quoted as saying that Russia's arsenal of nuclear weapons should be regarded by the faithful as "our guardian angels." This was also a well-intentioned, and farcical performance, by another dedicated Special Farces troupe.
Three of the performers were arrested and incarcerated. Charged with hooliganism, and inciting religious hatred, their trials have just taken place in Moscow. Each has been sentenced to two years in prison. Evidently, a public challenge to the policies of the current leadership of the Russian national security state is not going to be tolerated.