Some time ago, when Lynndie England’s guilty plea was rejected, someone made a point about a mental deficiency from which she suffers. Despite some Googling, I wasn’t able to find anything on the subject.
I’m sorry I haven’t got more to get the ball rolling, but does anyone else know anything about that?
I read on the NY Times website that when she was in elementary school, she was examined a couple of times over a period of years by a school psychologist, and the implication was that her intelligence was way below average. Later that day I would not find the article again, they had changed it or something. I will take another look…
No offense or anything. Not everyone is born with Cecil Adams-esque intelligence. Nor is everyone with a lower IQ than Cecil automatically retarded. It’s possible to be dumb without being retarded, isn’t it? I’m sure being from West Virginia had nothing to do with it. There are dumb people everywhere.
Do we really need an excuse (oxygen deprivation at birth) or a scientific-sounding label? What’s wrong with… dumb?
Well, the oxygen deprivation factor explains the lack of intelligence, partially, and adds a level of bathos. Obviously, as things are she didn’t wind up a dribbling idiot, but one can’t help but wonder what her outlook would have been had she not suffered the O2 deprivation at birth. How many more points of IQ would she have had to kick around? How many more options in her life?
Or, in the words of a fictional “different-capacity” recruit, “stupid is as stupid does”. She would not have qualified to enlist were she seriously developmentally disabled, even if a rear-guard 2d- or 3rd- echelon company may not exactly get the pick of the crop. And even then you are expected to assume responsibility for your part, if your caught in something unkosher.
A lack of “moral intelligence”, heck, even outrigth sociopathic traits, can go perfectly undetected for whole lifetimes if the person manages to not let it interfere with visibly “normal” functioning. Or if their managers wink-and-nudge at the misbehavior.
BTW, this thread is likely to become an IMHO or GD on whether this is a valid legal tactic or a valid excuse very shortly.
Do you have a contribution to actually answering the questions raised?