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I saw part of the McVeigh tapes when they were released. From what little I saw it was a fascinating exploration of the psyche of sociopath. There was a lot more information on how he thought, how he functioned, how he behaved, how he planned that was not known before. For ordinary people it is too much ado about a man who should have been killed right away. For criminal investigators, especially terrorist interrogators it was a bigger step towards learning how to fine tune their fight against terror.
The chilling thing about McVeigh is that he had no remorse or fear. No matter what he still thought of himself as an American hero and that his death was not punishment but honorable martyrdom. That is the problem with terrorists. We say death penalty because for ordinary people like us who value and respect all human life ' death is a punishment. We think by putting terrorists to death we are giving them the ultimate punishment and are sending a strong signal.
The problem is terrorists do not think like us. A person who risks their life to harm others obviously have no regard for life. Those who will callously kill children and innocents as collateral really do not value life the way we do. Death is not punishment to them. Its just an occupational hazard. While we think we are sending a strong message, there are people out their being ingrained with the thought of honorable martyrdom and dying for a cause ' and having refreshed enthusiasm for terror.
When we think of long term benefits for society, whats more valuable than a dead terrorist ' a live terrorist in secure responsible custody. What is more punishment to terrorists than dying for honor ' being broken and used against their own cause. Terrorists may not break and reveal much immediately ' but the longer they are in custody ' the longer they have to endure the lack of freedom and normal human dignity ' the more likely they are to break. The longer we observe and study them the more likely we are to know more about their psychology as well as their organization and sources ' so in the future we better know their breaking pressure points and how better to reach the masterminds.
No I honestly have no sympathy for terrorists or feel some noble need to save them. Their life has no value to me, so if killing is what people want ' then killing them it is. I just think death is too kind for sociopaths. Why not make use of them, make the most of what we have ' and make them live a life on our terms where they may pray for death. Also death sentence for terrorists would be nicer if we could go all medieval ' you know impalement, boiling and all that jazz.
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