"For us let it be enough to know ourselves to be in the place where God wants us, and carry on our work, even though it be no more than the work of an ant, infinitesimally small, and with unforeseeable results."
-- Abbé Monchanin

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

US moves to speed up executions

The new barbarians advance again. Bush and company see death mongering as a growth industry. Not content with the war in Iraq, not yet able to invade Iran, they must turn on our own people. Why? BBC reports the following:

The high cost of keeping inmates on death row is also cited by some conservatives as a reason to speed up the appeals process.

According to a 2005 Los Angeles Times study, it costs California $90,000 more a year to keep an inmate on death row than in the general prison population, adding up to some $57.5m extra each year.

It's the economy, stupid! Make money with war (Haliburton and fellows) and save money with quick executions. Who cares if innocents are executed before they can be exonerated? I do, but Bush and supporters don't! The BBC reports:

The number of executions hit 98 in 1999 but has been falling since amid legal challenges to the use of lethal injections and increasing use of DNA evidence to overturn convictions.

Better kill them quick before the conviction is overturned.

And where do the powers for this rush to death come from? Again, the BBC reports what US news outlets will not.

The change in the rules, under which Mr Gonzales will be able to decide state requests to speed the appeals process, was a measure in the 2006 Patriot Act.
Fear mongering is the key to unlimited abuse of power. Congress has abdicated their duties and goes along with any destructive and immoral act the executive wished to perpetrate.

God help us. We're sure not doing enough.

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