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Capital Punishment (43): Some Facts About Decapitation

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capital punishment / law

(source unknown, more about capital punishment in Saudi Arabia here, here, here, here and here) It used to be a common practice, but today only a handful of countries still execute criminals by way of beheading (Qatar, Saudi Arabia and perhaps one or two other countries). Assuming that decapitation occurs in a “civilized” way and that it doesn’t take a number of blows or cuts to the neck in order to sever the head from the […]

The Vagaries of Moral Progress (18): Bringing Back the Guillotine

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capital punishment / law / vagaries of moral progress

(source) Bringing back the guillotine may sound crazy, but it’s certainly better than the current alternative. It’s better for prisoners because quickly severing the head is believed to be one of the quickest, least painful ways to die. And it’s better for organ recipients because the bodies of guillotined prisoners could be more quickly harvested for viable parts, unlike organs that may become unusable after lethal injection due to hypoxemia. … Dr. Jay Chapman, the […]

Terrorism and Human Rights (40): Targeted Killings, Pros and Cons

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international relations / law / terror / war

(source) The use of so-called drone airplanes to target and kill suspected terrorists is in the news again. Some in the U.S. have voiced what in my view are justified yet somewhat myopic concerns about the supposed authority of the U.S. President to target American citizens on foreign or domestic soil. This is one of many cases in which the value of due process clashes with the need to respond to imminent threats. As usual, the […]