Arizona ‘refurbishes’ its gas chamber to prepare for executions, documents reveal | The corrections department has spent more than $2,000 on ingredients to make cyanide gas, the same used in Auschwitz

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>Robert Dunham, executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, said: “You have to wonder what Arizona was thinking in believing that in 2021 it is acceptable to execute people in a gas chamber with cyanide gas. Did they have anybody study the history of the Holocaust?” Somehow I think whoever designed this and whoever decided to reinstate its use *absolutely* studied the Holocaust.


>Some of the techniques used to test the safety of the chamber were astonishingly primitive, the documents reveal. Prison officials checked for gas seepages with a candle. >The flame of the candle was held up to the sealed windows and door and if its flame remained steady and did not flicker the chamber was deemed to be airtight. In December staff declared the vessel “operationally ready”. What the fuck. That’s a horrible way to test gas leaks. Especially when the best way is *so fucking cheap*. Just mix water and dish soap in a spray bottle and spray on the seal. If there’s a leak there will be a bunch of bubbles. The death penalty needs to be abolished.


Why do they need to use cyanide? Just pump in nitrogen or carbon monoxide. That is simple, fast, and a painless death. Death by cyanide poisoning is almost certainly a painful way to go.


“Party of pro-life”


Just when you think the GOP can’t be any more Nazi-like, they pull this shit.