"Treatment of Alan Turing Appalling" says British Gov, 57 years late

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.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing

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.

http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20571

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.

Tags: Alan Turing, human rights (all tags)

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And the struggle continues....

Today, a Right Wing Judge Appointed by George W. Bush basically overrode the WA state disclosure law to keep secret the people funding the attempt to undo WA states Domestic Partnership act:

http://www.statesmanjournal.com/article/ 20090911/UPDATE/90911031

Just to remind everyone this bill says NOTHING about Marriage, but the Scum Dirt Bag Evil Religous sickos in this state just plain hate Gay people.

So again when people say the President doesn't matter (like fake Democrats who voted for Palin) keep in mind this judge is an a very blue state, the entire state admin is on the other side of this issue, but he over-riding all of them.

Does the term "Activist Judge" come in to play here?

by WashStateBlue 2009-09-11 05:02PM | 0 recs
Re: And the struggle continues....

I just don't get people who want to mess around in other people's private lives.  Really.

The rest of the world isn't like this.  It really isn't.

by psychodrew 2009-09-12 07:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Treatment of Alan Turing Appalling

Turing's story is one of the saddest modern tragedies.  Appalling is a good word for it.

by SuperCameron 2009-09-11 06:53PM | 0 recs
Better Late than Never

Symbolic. Important. Good on Brown.

by QTG 2009-09-12 01:01AM | 0 recs
Re: "Treatment of Alan Turing Appalling"

I was happy to see this.  Turing was one of the all-time greats, and his story is just so terrible.

by Steve M 2009-09-12 08:23AM | 0 recs
I wonder if there is

some correlation between Turing's treatment and the rise of the National Security State?

I think the Nat. Sec. State tended to view homosexuality as something that had to be kept in the closet, ergo, it was automatically a security risk.  Are there any writings on this one way or another that could test that theory?

by AZphilosopher 2009-09-14 01:23AM | 0 recs
Re: I wonder if there is

Oscar Wilde was persecuted (and prosecuted) for homosexuality long before there was such a thing as a "National Security State."  I think you're getting your chicken and egg mixed up.

by Steve M 2009-09-14 03:40PM | 0 recs

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