Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Times has one of those seemingly benign editorials about not giving the death penalty to "the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks." A commenter referred to this man as a "mass murderer." I commented:
"But is he a mass murderer? As far as I can tell, this man has not been convicted of anything. And isn't a guilty verdict the only way we'll ever know, according to our system? It seems to me that even if our torturers were prosecuted (an essential move if we are ever to regain our self-respect), this man's trial is hopelessly compromised if he was treated in the cruel, heartless way you describe."

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