Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Dec 2012 19:11 UTC
In the News "Peers and scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking are once again pushing for an official pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing's death from cyanide poisoning in 1954 was ruled a suicide, coming after his conviction for gross indecency at a time when homosexuality was illegal." The fact that he still hasn't been pardoned is an utter disgrace.
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RE[2]: No
by JAlexoid on Mon 17th Dec 2012 01:26 UTC in reply to "RE: No"
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I am somewhat disappointed in mr. Hawking as this just goes to display that even he believes being famous or rich makes one more important than the other people and the rich/famous should therefore be treated better than the rest -- I heartily disagree with such a view of the world.

No... This shows that people that have great deeds behind their names are worthy. And yes, people that save other people, people that do something highly admirable do actually deserve to be treated better than most of us. The deserved it by doing sh*t, not sitting and writing comments on the internet. Some of them might have actually created the internet.

Turing wasn't famous or rich, by the way.

You are mixing amnesty and pardon. A pardon is granted to a person guilty of a crime to clear his name in extraordinary cases. Amnesties are mass pardons. Passing an amnesty is hard. They want to just legally clear Turing's name, nothing else.

Edited 2012-12-17 01:33 UTC

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