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Author's Note: How Operation Plowshare Worked

Operation Plowshare shouldn't be confused with the Plowshares Movement. On the contrary! The Plowshares Movement is an anti-nuke organization, made famous by the "Plowshares Eight" who broke into a nuclear facility in Pennsylvania where they hammered on warheads and poured blood on files and documents. They're still at it. In 2012 three Plowshares activists managed to break into a nuclear weapons facility in Tennessee where they spray painted slogans, hung a banner and poured some more blood around the place. Even if you don't agree with their politics, you have to worry about the ease with which an unarmed nun and some friends breached a "high-security" site full of uranium.

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