America's Murderous Bureaucrats
Continued from previous page
“Judge Koeltl [had been] given his orders. The seemingly kindly boyish-looking jurist about whom it was said that he walks to work and looks after an elderly mother—not exactly a sadistic old lady killer—then reversed himself and on the same evidence nearly quadruped the sentence, putting a seventy-year-old grandmother on chemotherapy away for ten years and two years’ probation after that for good measure.” [emphasis added]
Lynne Stewart has been a federal prisoner since November 19, 2009. She appealed again to the Second Circuit, which upheld her conviction and the re-sentencing that it had ordered. She has not appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Her Thousands of Supporters Include Alice Walker, Richard Falk, Cornel West
In April of this year, Chris Hedges wrote:
“Lynne Stewart, in the vindictive and hysterical world of the war on terror, is one of its martyrs. A 73-year-old lawyer who spent her life defending the poor, the marginalized and the despised, including blind cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, she fell afoul of the state apparatus because she dared to demand justice rather than acquiesce to state sponsored witch hunts.
“And now, with stage 4 cancer that has metastasized, spreading to her lymph nodes, shoulder, bones and lungs, creating a grave threat to her life, she sits in a prison cell at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is serving a 10-year sentence. Stewart’s family is pleading with the state for “compassionate release” and numerous international human rights campaigners, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, have signed a petition calling for her to be freed on medical grounds.”
Bureau of Prisons Has A record of Showing Little Mercy
In November 2010, Human Rights Watch publish a report, taking the U.S. to rask for how seldom it grants any prisoner a compassionate release. Stewart asked for one anyway. The Bureau of Prisons showed her no compassion. Officially, and without credible explanation, the United States has expressed its preference to see a political prisoner suffer and die in prison, all because she didn’t take the government’s special administrative measures seriously enough.
This is the government we have now, with an opposition party howling for it to be more horrible still. There was a time when it was thought that justice should be done, and justice should be seen to be done. Now it’s apparently good enough that what the government alleges to be justice just be seen to be done harshly. We’re Americans, we don’t do compassion.
Or as Michelle Malkin, articulating state-assimilated heartlessness, put it in early April:
“The jihadists’ favorite American lawyer, Lynne Stewart, reportedly has stage-4 breast cancer. Her radical friends — ranging from the ‘Party for Socialism and Liberation’ and ‘Workers World’ to Pete Seeger, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal — want her freed from jail. There’s only one decent response to the Lynne Stewart Fan Club’s criminal-coddling demand: No, hell, no.”
Is there an American Voice Any More? And Whose Is It?
This is not the way attorney Kenney would put it, surely. And it’s not the way Attorney General Eric Holder would put it, or President Obama. But Malkin’s voice is their voice their voice all the same, praising the things they do, in a voice turned up to high screech.
That may be the dominant voice of our day, but it is not the only voice possible. Other possible voices include Lynne Stewart’s on June 25, reacting to the denial of her compassionate release and telling her “friends, supporters, comrades” on her website:
“I know we are all disappointed to the marrow of our bones and the depths of our hearts by the news that the Bureaucrats, Kafka like, have turned down my request for compassionate release….