Sunday, May 23

A troubling sign

President Barack Obama has, on the large scheme of things, been a decent President. There has been, however, a glaring exception to the rule. This will not go away easily. When Timothy McVeigh was arrested for his many, many crimes in Oklahoma City, he nevertheless was read his rights under the Constitution. He was tried, convicted, incarcerated, and ultimately executed - all the time knowing his rights. I personally oppose the death penalty, but if McVeigh could know his rights yet still wind up in the death chamber, I have to admit the US had a helluva good case.

Now what is the difference between Timothy McVeigh and other people arrested in other countries? I can think of three reasons:

1) They are of the "wrong" color.
2) They were born in the "wrong" country.
3) They belong to the "wrong" religion.

Please, President Obama, let these men and women be afforded their basic human rights. Our country is better when we do this.

23 comments:

pope said...
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pope said...

I completely agree with you about the importance of ensuring we keep due process in this country, regardless of what the fear-mongers say.
But I was just wondering, which arrests were you referring to? Terror suspects under Obama have been Mirandized and their rights not violated, much to the chagrin of neo-cons.

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Pope-

I was going to wax poetic on this subject,but commentline restricted this. It's on the main blog.

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