By me FRANK
Alan Turning was the founder of computer science, mathematician, code breaker as well as being a gay man. One of his greatest achievement`s was during World war 2, where he helped break the enigma code, an encryption system used by the Germans to communicate in secrecy to other German military positions.
If it wasn’t for this great man, many more innocent life’s may of been lost and the war would could of continued for many more years. But this article is to not discuss this amazing mans accomplishments as they are many more in depths websites for that.
What I want to discuss is the most horrible way Alan was treated after the war, for the simple fact he was gay, in the government eyes, he was a sick twisted horrible person who needed to be corrected simply for his own personal sexuality preference. I guess in many ways, even though he was a war hero, he was still seen as a very immoral person who was convicted and forced on a treatment of barbaric proportion, which sadly lead to the poor mans suicide.
Though it did take many years to recognise this fact and only after a public protest was the UK government forced apologise in the way that they had treated him, but sadly that apology has come far far too late.
Though his suicide remain a mystery as its though he laced an apple with cyanide in reminisces of snow white and the seven dwarfs which was though to be one of his favorite fairy tales.
In essence the government treatment of this man lead to his death, in other words the UK government Murdered Alan turning, just because he was Gay.
So here is the the story of the persecution of Alan Turnings, taken from the :
Turing was an intellectual legend of the 20th century. His breakthroughs in applied mathematics have led him to be described as the father of modern computing. His work on the Enigma codebreaking machine made him more responsible than almost any other British individual for the ultimate defeat of Nazi Germany. Biographers recall him as a gentle, modest, reserved man. He was also gay, and in 1952 he was convicted of gross indecency – the catch-all legal term used to prosecute any consenting sexual acts between two men. The judge at his trial, acknowledging the importance of Turing’s work, laid down what seemed at the time to be a lenient sentence. The mathematician was spared jail and ordered to undergo an experimental hormone therapy for homosexual urges, often dubbed “chemical castration”. We know now the treatment will not have affected his orientation or desires, but it did cause physical changes including breast enlargement and erectile dysfunction.
Turing described the experience as horrible and humiliating and less than two years later, he died of cyanide poisoning. An inquest recorded a verdict of suicide. It is a tragic, shameful episode in our recent history, but while the tragedy was Turing’s, the shame was entirely the nation’s.
So the question here is whats the difference between drug use and what poor Allan turning had to be put through ? Its true in some parts of the world average normal drug users are forced to go to drug rehabilitation or brain washing camps, while some are given forced medication which doesn’t help cut down drug use.
Most people don’t want this and they just want ot be left alone as they are hard working productive members of society, but it seems governments will do what it take to try and force their views on people. The poor folks who do have problems are left in the dark, forced to suffer with what ever psychological problems that have with out given real help to try and make them a more productive member of society disregarded in they use drugs or not. All they really need is to control there drug use which might as well be the same as food consumption, they need love care and compassion.
If they did commit crimes against others, they sill need help and love to try and break them out of any non drug criminal activity.
But as all things stand, if you use drugs other than alcohol, Tobacco and caffeine then you are a piece of shit which deserves to be put behind bars just like gays folk in the 60s, we can only hope in time that the governments see there draconian ways and views and at least regulate and education the truth about shamanic plants and drugs so that we may all live a happy productive life without looking over out shoulder for the man to destroy our lives over something which is ever humans birth right.