The lawyer who spirited messages to terrorists was sentenced to 2 1/2 years of prison today. The punishment is hardly commisurate to her treasonous behavior, but hey, at least it's something. In a bold move of defiance to the oppressive state, she thrust her fist "power to the people" style high in the air. You go girl.
I find it bemusing that these people still imagine that little indiscretions like this don't actually result in death and misery. They don't connect their pious philosophy and absolute sense of morality with aiding and abetting the enemy.
Most of the time, the treason is symbolic or an emotional gesture meant to humiliate the Bush administration with the unintended (or intended) consequence of bolstering the enemy. In this case, literal information got passed via a U.S. citizen to a network of state enemies. That makes you, Lynne Stewart, a traitor. And for that, you get just over two years in a nice, clean, American jail. You should be hung.
In a letter to the judge before her hearing, Stewart proclaimed: "I am not a traitor."
"The end of my career truly is like a sword in my side," She said in court Monday. "Permit me to live out the rest of my life productively, lovingly, righteously."
Stewart, in her letter to the judge, said she did not intentionally enter into any plot or conspiracy to aid a terrorist organization.Key word: intentionally. The fact that she was passing notes like a fifth grader without knowing she was handing them to the bully's henchment meant nothing. She didn't mean for innocent people to be killed. Her heart was in the right place.
Words in this day and age matter. Actions matter. Maybe Ms. Stewart will grow up in prison and get over the notion that she is just a kid trying to be cool on the playground of life. Maybe she'll wake up and see herself for the very dangerous and treasonous idiot she most definitely is.
Somehow I doubt an 11th hour awakening.