Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Rights of The Boston Terrorist


The United States of America was founded on the principles of personal civil liberties and the separation between government and business(kind of, social Darwinism gave us capitalism, but government does give out subsidies).  In today's world, the reality is that we, the people, are losing our ability to have both of these qualities that makes this country so great.  My parents and I had a great conversation over dinner, Saturday April 20th, about the issues of whether or not this young man should have the same due process rights as other Americans or individuals who live in the U.S. Emotion can drive human beings to make irrational decisions in times of great sorrow and tragedy, but logic should be the only basis of reasoning on topics of human rights and liberties.  I don't care what the Patriot Act and subsequent laws have said, do not stoop that low America. Here is my story:

Before I begin, I just wish to admit that although logic is very important in making decisions in life, I wish to make it clear that although I try to use logic in my decision making in life, it does not mean that I feel my logic is supreme.  Legal systems work off a system of checks and balances so that one man's or woman's logic does not reign over another. 

My parents and I went on to dinner Saturday night to a local Italian joint, and as soon as I sat down, my eyes and attention was focused on the television above my head.  For the last week, all the news has been talking about is the bombing in Boston.  It has been quite overwhelming because there is so much more going on than just this tragedy.  Although this massacre should not overlooked, the healing process cannot begin for the families of the victims unless you stop reminding them of the awful tragedy of which they were succumbed to.  This mental thought became verbal language when the reporter spoke about whether the 19 year old man should have any rights.  I responded by telling my parents that the young man should have rights because our country was founded on the principles of due process of law regardless of one's actions.  My parents reverted to a feeling of emotion by responding that because of what he has done to the victims of Boston, he should not be given any rights.  Both have credibility in the mind of the observer's mental reality, but the law portrays no emotion, but simply logical simplicity of which to use.

If one is to think that this gentleman does not deserve a trial and certain rights, than why do we have laws at all in this country?  Those labeled foreign terrorists are treated in a different way than domestic criminals.  I told my parents to think about a murderer or rapist in the U.S.  Once the individual is caught, he/she is given certain rights of due process in this country before they are convicted and sentenced.  The mentally ill man of Aurora, Colorado committed a travesty when he opened fire on that movie theatre, and was subsequently arrested.  Because he is a U.S. citizen, he is being given the rights of due process before he is convicted and sentenced. This leads me to believe that the young man in Boston, regardless of how devastating his actions were, he deserves the same right to due process as any other criminal in the United States, so he must be proven guilty in the court of law.  We shall never stoop to the level of changing our laws or surpassing them just because of the sick minded cruelty of others.

Human emotion is put to the test during times of great tragedy, but one should not make decisions based off this principle of emotion.  As intelligent beings, we developed into people capable of logical decision making.  Regardless of the actions of others, one should never revert to emotion, but rather use law and logic to decide the fate of suspected criminals.  In the end, we must allow every criminal in the U.S. to be subject to due process of law regardless of one's emotional feelings to the subject matter.  

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