January 24, 2006

Today's lesson: Compare and contrast

Reprimand for US interrogator who killed general

FT. CARSON, CO--A US Army interrogator facing up to life behind bars for killing an Iraqi general by stuffing him head-first into a sleeping bag and sitting on his chest will instead escape with a reprimand, a military jury ruled early today.

Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer, who had faced up to life in prison for the death of Iraqi Major General Abed Hamed Mowhoush during an interrogation, was also ordered to forfeit £3400 salary and was restricted to his place of work, worship and barracks for 60 days.

Six-month prison sentence for US war protestor

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. (AP) — A peace activist was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for splattering his own blood at a military recruiting station to protest the then-looming war in Iraq.

Daniel Burns was the first of four activists to be sentenced this week for splattering their blood on the windows, walls, pictures and an American flag at the army and marine corps recruiting station on March 17, 2003.

Crime and punishment: Say what?
We can say these punishments are unfair and inequitable. But there really is no logical comparison that can be made between the crimes that could explain -- in any rational way -- why the second crime merits imprisonment, and the first does not.

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