Friday, 2 March 2007

The overwhelming ignorance of the commission.

It is traditional to have members of the murder team to have had no contact with the cold meat before they strap him onto a gurney. This is because the team member may get emotional with the inmate, as happened when Eva Coo was electrocuted in New York in 1936. The two matrons accompanying her to the chair burst out in tears when Eva Coo nonchalantly said "Bye bye dears, I'll see you tomorrow", and squeezed her 400 pound frame into the electric chair. The matrons both resigned the next day. Other states do the same procedure.

I have not seen the entire report, but from what I read of it, it is a farce, and triple whitewash that does not tell us anything new, except the overwhelming ignorance of the commission. Dr Groner answered partly, but the big danger is the desensitization of one human being (= GOON) toward another. You do not have to be a physician to inject cold meat. The dehumanizing of Diaz -- and Padilla too-- reflects on our own humanity and our losing it.

In a nutshell, I am ashamed to be an American of Padilla; there are some mean mean mean sadists somewhere in this world, all in Washington. Florida is the tip of the iceberg.

The Commission produced a cover up. It accomplished nothing except to prolong a bad situation. If I believed in capital punishment, I would be proud to participate and defend loudly my position, All these guys, and I suppose there are too many, are cowards as well as sadists.

At least the NCMB took a moral stand; we will have to see how that runs out.


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