"Treatment of Alan Turing Appalling" says British Gov, 57 years late
by WashStateBlue, Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 03:03:20 PM EDT
There are no "what ifs" that make sense in science and technology, but what can be said without any reservations is, the computer you are using to access this board and the rest of the internet, in fact the entire computer revolution can trace a line back to Alan Turing, who not only changed the modern world through his genius, but also probably saved the world from Fascism by breaking the German Enigma code in WW2.
So, how did the country he probably saved from utter destruction treat this giant of a man? He was hounded to death because of who he was, criminally prosecuted by the very people he saved. Alan Turing committed suicide in 1954, two years after the British government convicted him of gross indecency. In an act of truly monstrous indecency, they forced chemical castration on arguably the man who save them all from Hitler and the Nazis.
Yet, it took 55 years for the British Government to apologize for this act, and, ironically, it took an Internet campaign to force them to do it.
Very few people get to change the world once, Alan Turing changed it twice, and was hounded to death by the same type of sick individuals that want to deny equal rights to American citizens in this country.
55 years, and still we have to fight for the right for people to simply be who they were born to be.
I hope as we win the rights of our fellow Americans, we can perhaps pay back Alan Turing a little for the world he gave us, and the price he was forced to pay to do it.