Why execute spys?

Doboji

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You know in light of all this talk of retroactively prosecuting Spies I have to ask this question. How is a Spy handing in a list of names to the enemy government any worse than a soldier who shoots enemy soldiers. I mean technically once he is giving secrets to the russians he becomes a russian agent.... I understand the executions when the execution is a function of the cold war. But now we are no longer at war... and what these men did was essentially serve as soldiers for russia.... I think they should not be executed.

-Max
 

Elledan

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Don't even bother trying. Those who are obsessed with the death penalty (revenge) just won't listen.

BTW I fully agree with you.
 

Optimus

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Because if they execute a couple right at the beginning, like in the first year of the cold war, then everyone is too scared to be a spy and all spying is stopped for good.


;) (sarcasm alert!)
 

AaronP

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2 american double agents were killed in russia after dickless (I forgot his name) gave the ruskies a list of names. For that I say THE NEEDLE for him!

If the death penalty is legal (I am not saying that I am a supporter of the death penalty) but since it IS legal, Treason should be (and is) one of the offenses that is worthy of the needle.
 

UNCjigga

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Back in the original constitution (or at least that's where I believe it is) the only crimes listed are shouting fire in a crowded theater and treason. Treason has always been punishable by death, going back thousands of years. Its just natural--when someone commits treason they trespass against ALL of our societal rights. They attack the very fabric that binds us together. So I say "off with his head!!!"
 

pulse8

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heh...I hope you didn't mean it goes back thousands of years in this country. :) But in the world, it's always been punishable by death.
 

AaronP

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I think this only applies to people who spy against their own country. I would be MUCH less harsh on like say a russian spy in the US who gets caught.