|When does amnesty
bring accolades and applause and when boos and jeers? It
seems commuting the death sentences of 163 men and four women
convicted for the murders of 250 people has caused a mixed reaction.
In the last days as Governor of Illinois, George Ryan commuted all
state-imposed death sentences yesterday (Jan. 11) to prison terms for
life or less. It marks the largest emptying of death row
in U.S. history. But does it means Vigilance has
overpowered Terrorism, or Terrorism is tickling the underbelly of
Vigilance? Is it a solution or does it feed a deeper
problem? Judge for yourself.
12, 2003—Ground Zero Plus 487
The Death Penalty For
Parents Of Terrorism?
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York City, Jan. 12- When
Illinois Governor George Ryan commuted all 167 death sentences in his
state yesterday, both screams from the Sentinels of Vigilance and
cheers from the Beast of Terror rang throughout the nation.
George Ryan commuted 167 death sentences
In a sweeping decision,
the outgoing governor sent 163 men and 4 women back into the general
prison population, removing them from single cell isolation on Death
Row where they had collectively served 2,000 years for the murders of
more than 250 people. Ryan acted 48 hours before his term as
He claims his decision was based on what he
considers a capital system "haunted by the demon of error: error
in determining guilt and error in determining who among the guilty
deserves to die."
In an hour-long speech at Northwestern
University Law School, Ryan said: "The Legislature couldn't reform it,
lawmakers won't repeal it, and I won't stand for it — I must act.
Because our three-year study has found only more questions about the
fairness of the sentencing, because of the spectacular failure to
reform the system, because we have seen justice delayed for countless
death row inmates with potentially meritorious claims, because the
Illinois death penalty system is arbitrary and capricious — and
Not everyone agreed. Families
and loved ones of various victims were shocked and angry that
"justice" as they saw it was not going to be carried out.
"It's like we were murdered again, our family members, that's how bad
it is," said Dawn Pueschel, whose brother and sister-in-law were
killed in their apartment on Chicago's North Side in 1983.
Jon Van Schaik, a Chicago firefighter whose
brother was one of two police officers fatally shot on a South Side
street in 1979, said he hoped Governor Ryan would soon face charges in
the corruption scandal he faces and then "spend the rest of his life
Some suggest the governor made the blanket
clemency decision because his political career is over. He is
under a federal investigation showing that while he was the state's
secretary of state, government employees were deployed illegally on
campaigns and contracts were traded for contribution.
Governor Ryan is at least the fourth to
empty death row as he departs office, though the scale of his action
overshadows the 22 men Gov. Lee Cruce of Oklahoma spared in 1915, the
15 death sentences Gov. Winthrop L Rockefeller of Arkansas commuted in
1970 and the five clemency petitions Gov. Toney Anaya of New Mexico
granted in 1986.
So the question begs to be answered:
Is the death penalty an act of Vigilance or one of Terrorism? Is
it something that perpetuates the Beast of Terror within us, or does
its elimination offer the Beast more leash to act with capital
Taking human life in
retaliation for certain heinous crimes is considered a deterrent to
death penalty advocates and to their counterparts, an immoral act in
which humans play "God" by "tinkering with the machinery of death, as
Supreme Court Harry Blackmun said in his 1994 dissent vote against
reinstating the death penalty the highest court struck down in 1972.
On one hand, the issue is relatively easy
to decide. If one is a victim of a brutal murder of a loved one
and their life is snuffed out by senseless acts of violence, it seems
only fitting the first reaction would be to punish that person with a
like penalty. Laws are designed to mete out punishment in
proportion to the crime, a mathematical quid pro quo that says "if you
violate this moral law, you'll pay this price."
The ultimate price, of course, is one's
On the other hand, it is difficult to
explain the justification for killing another human being to a child.
If, as Sentinels of Vigilance, we have an obligation to protect the
future of the Children's Children's Children then we must include in
that protection our reasoning why we killing another human is
justified, and under what conditions.
In a previous article, I noted that the
justification for killing in nature is for food and self defense.
Killing to survive--i.e. to protect one's family, loved ones or the
innocent--is justified when it there is imminent threat by another.
The other reason to kill is to eat. In a parody not
too far removed from natural fact, I said the only justification for
killing another human being would be to eat them--the ultimate in
(Link to story--Why
We Should Eat Everyone We Kill)
WHO EXECUTES THE MOST PEOPLE WORLDWIDE?
Hands Off Cain, an anti-capital punishment organization, cites
1,290 executions have taken place worldwide since January 2001.
China accounted for 1,100 executions this year, Iran 153, Saudi
Arabia, 121, the United Sates, 85. Amnesty International
(AI) reports most secular democracies have abolished the death
penalty. Capital punishment is not allowed within the
European Economic Union members or in Australia, New Zealand,
Israel and South Africa. Russia has suspended executions
and pledge to abolish it. Nations that retain the death
penalty fall into four slots, according to AI. The Islamic
world, less Turkey which is a secular democracy, Turkmenistan
and Azerbaijan. The second groups is India.
The third represents communist countries: China, North Korea,
Vietnam, Laos and Cuba. The fourth group that uses
capital punishment re AI are authoritarian governments including
Guatemala, Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe. In the
United States, capital punishment has been abolished in 11
states and is in effect in 37.
punishment rings the Bell of Vigilance
rings the Bell of Vigilance. It drives us to the edge of a moral
question, and forces us to look deep into the jaws of the Beast of
Terror and ask ourselves what will stop the Beast from killing our
innocent--will it be the death of his children? Will
killing the Children of Terrorism change the Mother and Father of
Terrorism? Will it make them stop treating a child with such
abuse that the child grows into a person who wantonly and icily kills
Personally, I don't think the Beast
of Terror listens much to logic.
Frankly, I am an advocate of putting
the Parents and Loved Ones of the convicted killers in death row, and
having them serve out the sentences of their sons and daughters.
I'm for the Mothers and Fathers, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts and
Cousins of the convicted murderers to be stuffed into the vacant death
row cells and live in the hovel of prison hell as a reminder to
society that the Child of Terror is the seed of Terror grown up.
Ultimate responsibility lies with
those who trained the child, or neglected the child.
Killing the child is not the lesson. The child is only the
result of Terrorism Training, of abusive parenting, or inconsiderate
Vigilance by family members.
As the families of the slain
become the victims, living with the horror of the loss of a loved one
and seeking retribution for their loss, so does the family of a
murderer become murderers, capital criminals of neglect.
We keep punishing the victims
of Terrorism, not their teachers and guardians who through Fear,
Intimidation and Complacency perpetuated or allowed a child to develop
with the Fangs of the Beast. Children who learn to hate,
or are treated with hatred, retaliate with hate.
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It is the families of the commuted who should pay
the price for their children.
That would be true justice.
The Children's Children's Children would understand
such a decision, for they would know they grow to
become the reflection of their upbringing.
And, the penalty each of the family members would
suffer daily--a 24-hour broadcast of the Pledge
of Vigilance, repeated over and over and over until
the Parents and Guardians of Terrorism finally realized
the crime of not being a Parent of Vigilance.
Story: Jan. 11 -- The Miscibility Of Terrorism
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