Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Treason

A story on CNN indicates that, in the case of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only two people in America ever to be put to death for the crime of treason, old testimony is now being reexamined. Experts say that Ethel Rosenberg's brother, David Greenglass, may have lied on the stand, accusing his sister of helping to type espionage notes for distribution. Although 46 witnesses gave testimony against the Rosenbergs, Greenglass's was considered the most damning against Ethel. Greenglass himself was working at Los Alamos, and was guilty, too, of providing secrets to the Russians - but, when arrested by the FBI in 1950, he was quick to implicate the Rosenbergs, and thus escaped a similar sentence.
Though the story here is involved and, without doubt, complicated, one thing stands out in my mind. We executed two people for, in essence, not being "patriotic enough." Where is the justice in that?

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