from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
As one would expect, the botched execution in Oklahoma got the “human rights” activistas fuming. After all, it happened in the United States, the seat of the Great Shaitan, as the peaceful Islam tells us, or the land of the Main Enemy, as comrade Putin learned at the bosom of his beloved KGB. Who cares about China and other countries where botched executions, if any, are remedied by another bullet or swipe of a sabre and are not notified to the world media? Certainly not the Amnesty International, the organisation now so discredited by the Left entrism, it could call itself Hypocrisy International.
Amnesty International USA called the botched execution “one of the starkest examples yet of why the death penalty must be abolished.”
Clayton Lockett, who was convicted in 2000 of first-degree murder, rape, kidnapping and robbery, apparently lived for 45 minutes after the first drug was administered. Oklahoma uses three: midazolam; vecuronium bromide to stop respiration; and potassium chloride to stop the heart. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine midazolam, the first element in the three-drug cocktail, is generally used for children before medical procedures or before anaesthesia for surgery to cause drowsiness, relieve anxiety, and prevent any memory of the event.
Because Lockett started convulsing after the first injection, the execution was stopped and he died of a heart attack. In any case, it would seem that he suffered less and for a shorter time than his victims.
After Lockett’s execution, Adam Leathers, co-chairman of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, accused the state of having “tortured a human being in an unconstitutional experimental act of evil.”
“What went wrong Tuesday in Oklahoma “will not only cause officials in that state to review carefully their execution procedures and methods,” said Richard W. Garnett, a former Supreme Court law clerk who now teaches criminal and constitutional law at the University of Notre Dame, “it will also almost prompt many Americans across the country to rethink the wisdom, and the morality, of capital punishment.”
I will leave the arguments for and against capital punishment for another time. The question whether the society is entitled to protect itself is rather important to be discussed lightly or, for that matter, by amoral academics.
You may perhaps ponder the question – if Lockett was a white man convicted of raping a black woman would we get such sanctimonious outpouring from the colour conscious White House? In helping you to consider the answer http://theden.tv/2013/07/29/the-cathedral-and-the-bizarre-benjamin-crumps-manufactured-consent/ will help.
There is the “cruel and unusual” bit in the US Constitution, entirely proper in my inexpert opinion. America is the land where not so long ago, around 1712, offending Negroes were roasted – see Fog of Chaos “Dixie”.
I am not suggesting that my modest contribution is a or the solution – to do so would be implying that there is a problem. But everybody knows or ought to know that a death by freezing is the second least painful, just after dying in your sleep. One imagines that there would not be any technical problems with such executions. Freezers are widely available and one doubts that the makers thereof would complain as some European-based companies (e.g.Danish company Lundbeck, maker of pentobarbital) which banned U.S. prisons from using their drugs for executions.
My suggestion is unlikely to be adopted. Painless, or relatively painless death would not suit the opponents of the capital punishment, as it would remove one emotional argument; and it would not please those who believe that the death is too good for those convicted of heinous crimes.