Attorney General John Ashcroft said, ‘‘No document in this case creates any doubt about McVeigh's guilt or establishes his innocence. To overturn the jury's verdict or to force a new trial, McVeigh must prove that the documents establish his innocence.''
Ashcroft has pledged to fight any efforts for additional delays in the scheduled June 11 execution.
McVeigh's attorneys claim in a 340-page application to the U.S. District Court in Denver that the FBI is still withholding information a month after the Justice Department handed over thousands of documents it had failed to produce.
The delaying tactic, orchestrated by McVeigh, himself, is designed to embarrass the government. McVeigh is beyond embarrassment. In his twisted mind and soul, he believes he performed a noble act. He thinks he had to do it in order to expose what he regards as the corruption of law enforcement at places like Waco and Ruby Ridge.
The law was originally designed to protect people from those who would do harm to the innocent. In recent years, it has been turned into something else. Once, the law was supposed to conform people to a standard for the ultimate benefit of society as a whole. Now, the law is seen as a set of shifting rules that can be manipulated to serve the individual, no matter how many negative consequences this has on society at large.
Once, the guilty were thought to be worthy of punishment. Punishment was even seen as potentially redemptive for the criminal. Now, the guilty are too often regarded as victims of someone else's punishment and they are to be excused, explained, coddled and even forgiven, often leading those who are released to repeat their acts.
Because we have become so tolerant of so much evil, we now get more of it. The worst ‘‘sin'' (and whatever became of that notion?) used to be the sin itself. Now, it is anyone suggesting that anyone has sinned, or performed an evil act. That requires a value judgment and an entire generation now believes all values are equal and none is to be ‘‘imposed'' or preferred over any other, lest one might be made to feel bad.
In the extreme, such notions produce a Timothy McVeigh.
McVeigh deserves to die because of what he did. To delay, and especially to deny his just desserts, insults the law and erodes the value of his innocent victims, each of whom had a right to live.
The court should quickly reject this shameless manipulation of the legal system and get on with the government's perfect right, even obligation, to rid the human race of Timothy McVeigh. Otherwise, his example will infect others who are waiting for their moment in the spotlight and their place in the history book of hell.