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EXECUTION DRUG DEPLETED: U.S. TURNS TO STONING


WASHINGTON – With supplies of execution drugs disappearing, the U.S. has turned to more primitive methods of execution.

Earlier this week the Federal government informed state attorney’s throughout the nation that the supply of a key drug used for executions has run dry. The missing drug in question is called sodium thiopental, an anesthetic used during lethal injection executions.

“At the present time, the federal government does not have any reserves of sodium thiopental for lethal injections and is therefore facing the same dilemma as many states,” wrote U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in a March 4 letter sent to the National Association of Attorneys.

Further on in the letter Holder explains that the manufacture of the drug went out of business due to the company’s inability to escape the deadly grasp of the struggling economy.

Many federal officials along with the Bureau of Prisons’ general council have been researching alternate forms of exhibition due this “execution crisis.” So far the only state that has come forward with a plan is Ohio which will inject a surgical sedative called pentobarbital to perform their lethal injection executions.

However, the stock pile of this drug is also reported to be on its last legs as well. No other facilities are stepping forward to create more sodium thiopental or pentobarbital and with energy costs continuing to soar, the U.S. sees no way in the foreseeable future to sustain the use of modern execution techniques.

Therefore, starting in the fall of 2011 the U.S. will no longer perform executions by lethal injection, the electric chair or the gas chamber. From that point forward the U.S. will employ the following execution styles for all capital offenses.

Firing Squad

In this method the condemned is restrained, blindfolded and often given a last cigarette. But as this will be taking place in the U.S. the condemned will not longer be offered a last cigarette as smoking is bad for one’s health.

Guillotine

Although, outlawed in almost all countries the practice of cutting off the offenders head with a large angled blade has mad somewhat of a come back in the past decade. Artist Tom Sachs was commissioned by Chanel to make this guillotine as seen below. The U.S. saw the advertising potential here and quickly added this method to the list of new execution styles.

Stoning

Common tradition with this practice is to bury the criminal in the ground while stones are thrown at the individual until they are dead. Middle Eastern countries that employ this method bury men only up to their waists and women up to their shoulders. But like mentioned before, this will be taking place in the U.S. so both men and women will be buried up to their shoulders. Men and women have equal rights in the U.S.; to do it any other way would simply be uncivilized.