Thursday, March 30, 2006

I am as interested as anybody else in preventing terrorists from hurting people. However, it seems to me that there is something wrong with calling for the death penalty for Moussaoui because he didn't tell authorities about the 9/11 plot. Wouldn't this be mandatory self-incrimination, which is not allowed by the 5th amendment to the U.S. Constitution? It just doesn't seem reasonable to me to impose a sentence on a terrorist or criminal for not confessing to something that will get them in trouble with the law. And what good purpose will be served by killing a terrorist who was planning on committing suicide in the commission of a terrorist act? It just shows that the real purpose of the death penalty is to satisfy our own blood lust, which is what we are objecting in the criminals. If we execute a suicide terrorist, it would seem to me that that might satisfy their criteria for getting into heaven in the same way if they had been killed doing the actual deed, so it certainly wouldn't be a deterrent; if anything, it would be an incentive.

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