The Alan Pardon Project, Part 2

Holy crap, I stayed up way too late writing responses to people in other blogs that I don’t have much time to do anything for myself.  Nevertheless, I persevere to give you the daily feed you want so, so much.

Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing to be given posthumous pardon

Alan Turing, the Enigma codebreaker who took his own life after being convicted of gross indecency under anti-homosexuality legislation, is to be given a posthumous pardon.

The government signalled on Friday that it is prepared to support a backbench bill that would pardon Turing, who died from cyanide poisoning at the age of 41 in 1954 after he was subjected to “chemical castration”.

Back when I wrote about this six months ago, I was a little torn on the basis that even though the law was pointless and cruel, created by a nation that owed its survival during the Second World War to his genius in cracking Enigma, he did break the law at the time.  As Prime Minister Gordon Brown put it, we would be re-writing history, and putting right what can’t be put right.

Still … I can also see the good in granting him a pardon and finally giving him the official recognition he deserves.  On the down side, the announcement didn’t say anything about the roughly 50,000 other people affected by the same laws.  I would hope that if they pardon Turing, they do the same for all of the other victims.

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2 Responses to The Alan Pardon Project, Part 2

  1. Yes. Sad story….And kind of a moot point now, but you’d hope that all the others affected by the same laws would also be granted pardon. Oh, and this is what xtianity does in many nations–shames homosexuals. So sometimes a law makes no difference.

  2. MichaelB says:

    Makes me wanna read Cryptonomicon again.

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