White House Approves Execution
Today the news broke that President Bush approved the execution of a soldier convicted of rape and murder who’s been on death row in Leavenworth military prison. The first thing I thought was that it must have felt just like old times when Bush was governor of Texas. But that light thought was replaced with all the old arguments against the death penalty. And they are serious. I wrote about it before, basically quoting the Ramones, “I’m against it.”
CNN has the facts, about the crimes that took place in and around Fort Bragg NC in 1988 and the president’s dark history:
Bush allowed 152 executions as governor of Texas and has signed off on three executions of federal inmates since he became president — including that of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh, who was put to death in 2001.
The Huffington Post has their usual good coverage, including this:
President Kennedy was the last president to stare down this life-or-death decision. On Feb. 12, 1962, Kennedy commuted the death sentence of Jimmie Henderson, a Navy seaman, to confinement for life.
President Eisenhower was the last president to approve a military execution. In 1957, he approved the execution of John Bennett, an Army private convicted of raping and attempting to kill an 11-year-old Austrian girl. He was hanged in 1961.