I got in my truck about a half hour ago and caught part of Democracy Now on KMUD. They were playing a recording of a witness to an execution. I thought it was live, at first, but came to find out it was a recording of an execution by electrocution of a guy in 1984.
I've always felt executions should be available for viewing on T.V. or other media. I don't understand the supposed outrage when films of executions end up on the internet, as was the case with Saddam Hussein.
Shouldn't people who are part of a society that creates and enforces laws like the death penalty see the end results of laws we've created?
If you're an advocate of the death penalty, perhaps thinking the death penalty has some deterrent effect, wouldn't there be more of a deterrent effect if more people witnessed them?
Maybe not. It could end up like all rest of the violence we perpetrate across the world with so many Americans thinking they're just watching a movie and, perversely, soften the impact of the violence.
Still, I think we should take the chance and make executions public in this country. We need to witness what we're responsible for.