Timothy McVeigh's Execution Provokes Renewed Debate on Death Penalty
Interview by Between The Lines' Scott Harris. (In RealAudio)
Amid a media circus, convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was executed by lethal injection at a federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind. on June 11. While many citizens applauded McVeigh's execution as just retribution for the 168 people he killed and the thousands of lives shattered in the 1995 bombing, others -- including some relatives of those who died -- felt that another killing only brought more pain.
With McVeigh's execution, George W. Bush, a passionate advocate of capital punishment while governor of Texas, presided over his 153rd death sentence and the first federal execution in 38 years. Even as Mr. Bush traveled to Europe, protesters shadowed him -- decrying America's continued use of the death penalty, a punishment outlawed in most of the world's democratic industrialized nations.
Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Bruce Shapiro, contributing editor with the Nation Magazine, who considers the execution of Timothy McVeigh and the impact it may have on the growing national debate over capital punishment. (This interview segment is available in downloadable MP3 and RealAudio on radio newsmagazine Between The Lines' website www.btlonline.org for week ending 6/22/01.)
Bruce Shapiro's book, "Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future," co-written with Rev. Jesse Jackson, will be published this August by the New Press.
Related links: Read Bruce Shapiro's columns online at www.thenation.com or www.salon.com