Saturday, September 20, 2008

Convicting Innocents, Sex Offender Laws, Anthrax Investigation in the News

Here is an interesting post from Grits in Texas, who always does good work, about Ivins, the accused, and now dead, pushed by the investigation to commit suicide, FBI anthrax case suspect. I've felt something fishy about this matter. So do the investigating members of the Senate committee in charge. It begins like this.

Pat Leahy, one of the US senators targeted in the 2001 anthrax attacks, made this shocking declaration yesterday that he doesn't believe Bruce Ivins, the scientist blamed for the attacks who committed suicide earlier this year, acted alone:
"If he is the one who sent the letter, I do not believe in any way, shape or manner that he is the only person involved in this attack on Congress and the American people," Leahy told FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III at a hearing yesterday. "I believe there are others involved, either as accessories before or accessories after the fact. I believe that there are others who can be charged with murder."

At this report, Grits independently concludes and takes up the banner many of us have been carrying, that the Sex Offender Registration/Targeting laws only produce more wrongful convictions and collateral damage and nothing to keep anybody, much less our children safe: Conceived literally in error from their inception. And he can point to yet another DNA exoneration to make the point. The American people are so stupid. They can't imagine the harm these ineffective and wasteful laws have imposed upon all the rest of us in society.

There is more than enough fear to go around now, so can we please move on to more serious stuff, like fixing inflation and stagnation, and making more stuff so more people can have jobs making and selling it? Please.

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