Based upon U.S. Census data, an estimated 6,400 Americans will die this coming Wednesday. Only one of them will die by the sentencing of a U.S. court.
Timothy McVeigh, now being held on the new federal death row in Terra Haute, Ind., will be executed by lethal injection at 8 a.m. EDT.
He is bound to die. The question is whether he should have been gagged as well.
Attorney General John Ashcroft has offered a hearty "Yes!" He said that the bomber of the U.S. federal building in Oklahoma City should not be able to "purchase access to the podium of America with the blood of 168 innocent victims."
"Please do not help him inject more poison into our culture," he said in trumpeting the decision to stifle McVeigh's access to the media. "He's caused enough senseless damage already. I would ask that the news media not become Timothy McVeigh's co-conspirator in his assault on America's public safety and upon America itself."
Skipping past the attorney general