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Trump Pushing to Revive Firing Squads and Electrocution as Feds Ramp Up Executions

By Elias Marat:

While the final 50 days of a president’s tenure are typically the quiet, lame-duck phase of their administration, Donald Trump is vigorously pursuing the fast-track authorization of a number of broad policy changes before he exits the White House in January, including the revival of firing squads and electrocutions in federal executions.

According to a report from ProPublica, a proposed rule change from the Department of Justice was registered in August and cleared a White House review this month, allowing the president to authorize the policy just before his time in office ends.

Typically, federal executions are carried out by lethal injection. Such has been the case without exception for the past decades.

Just last week, the Justice Department announced its intention to execute three more inmates on federal death row. If the executions are administered – along with two other previously-scheduled executions – there will have been 13 prisoners put to death since July of this year, marking one of the most deadly periods in the history of federal capital punishment since 1927, notes the New York Times.

“What is clear is that this administration wants these prisoners dead before Joe Biden takes office,” Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center Robert Dunham told CNN. The last time over one execution happened during a presidential transition was during the end of Grover Cleveland’s first transition, from November 1884 to March 1885.

In the proposed rule, which should be published in the Federal Register on Friday, the administration asserts that “death by firing squad and death by electrocution do not violate the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment”

The proposal also claims: “In recent U.S. Supreme Court litigation involving Eighth Amendment challenges to execution by lethal injection, nitrogen hypoxia and firing squad have been identified as potential alternative methods of execution, including by prisoners themselves, that might – or even must– be used instead of lethal injection, in particular because those methods allegedly carry a lesser risk of pain.”

It remains unclear whether the rule would practically have any importance, especially given the fact that President-elect Joe Biden opposes the death penalty and has vowed to seek the elimination of capital punishment for felony convictions and the suspension of federal executions.

Since he was sworn in last year, Attorney General William Barr has aggressively pursued the use of capital punishment to bring “justice to victims of the most horrific crimes,” resuming federal executions after a 17-year hiatus of the practice.

Critics argue that the death penalty is far too frequently used against people who have been wrongfully convicted, with 172 people being sentenced to death since 1973 who were later exonerated from their crimes.

Legal advocates are hopeful that the Biden-Harris administration could finally put an end to the federal death penalty as part of a broader overhaul of the criminal justice system. The Biden campaign has announced that it intends to end the practice on the federal level and incentivize an end to state executions, as well.

“As we find itself in the midst of a national reckoning with racism and our history of racial violence, ending the death penalty must be part of our transformation,” said former federal prosecutor Miriam Krinsky, who now heads the Fair and Just Prosecution advocacy group. “Abolishing the death penalty would be a signal that the Biden-Harris administration is committed to fairness, equity, and evidence-based justice — and the time for this definitive move is long overdue.”

However, the president has been hoping to finalize 36 major rule changes in his final days, similar to the 35 to 40 rule changes made by four previous administrations that were undone by their successors. In 2017, Republicans successfully overturned the outgoing Obama administration’s rule changes using the Congressional Review Act.

However, the lasting impact of the rule changes remain contingent on critical runoff elections in Georgia that could determine whether the Democrats could invoke the act or whether the GOP maintains control of the Senate.

Regardless of the outcome of that race, advocates remain opposed to the largely bipartisan inertia over the continuing practice of capital punishment in the U.S.

“Without question this unprecedented execution spree makes clear that this system is in need of either abandonment of the death penalty or major overhaul. It also shows that a moratorium just kicks the can down the road,” Dunham said. “Prior administrations including the Obama-Biden Administration failed to take action on these cases that created the circumstances in which you could have this thing of unparalleled series of executions.”

“There’s no question that these crimes were horrific, but that’s not the issue,” Dunham said. “You can go down the list of these executions one at a time and illustrate the injustices.”

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  1. This election was sooo rigged! And this was just ONE STATE! The fraud was HUGE! 22,000 “mail in” ballots were returned BEFORE they were mailed out! How does that happen? 700,000 MORE mail in ballots were counted than were sent out!

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  2. Attorney diGenova says fraud, deception in Pa. election is ‘truly staggering’

    In an exclusive interview, attorney Joe diGenova, a member of the President’s legal team examining election irregularities, said the amount of election fraud and deception in Pennsylvania is “truly staggering.”

    One America’s John Hines has more.
    https://www.oann.com/attorney-digenova-says-fraud-deception-in-pa-election-is-truly-staggering/?fbclid=IwAR1FA-KKICo5cXuss_RNdUClX25tP4V2hdV-1UrH7_VpR6oKt3y06bZgbyM

    https://www.oann.com/trump-admin-removes-time-consuming-barriers-for-forest-service/?fbclid=IwAR1RRvWXUjYhdVSGMiiEWCAePLiDFt9JAaRt5KxiViNFePktv9wvaKWuwk0

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  3. From CNN of all things, but nice to relish their wonderment & fear.

    ….. After Trump fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper earlier this month, the Pentagon made sweeping changes in leadership and removed several most senior officials, replacing them with perceived loyalists to the President.
    The move fueled alarm among military and civilian officials who were concerned about what could come next. ……
    …. another purge ….
    ……. Members who were suddenly removed include former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, former ranking member of the House Intelligence committee Jane Harman and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, two of the officials said. ……

    https://edition.cnn.com/2020/11/26/politics/trump-administration-defense-policy-board/index.html
    Edit;- Those snips are not in the correct order, but to my amusement. 🙂 🙂

    A working President continues to work, as if there is no tomorrow, as if free to work for another 4 years. 🙂

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  4. Sidney has good one here. A very high flying data guy supports all the allegations

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/11/huge-sidney-powell-witness-ny-times-described-always-smartest-person-room-concludes-hundreds-thousands-votes-transferred-trump-biden-battleground-states/

    First and foremost is Dr. Navid Keshavarz-Nia, an experienced cybercrimes investigator and digital security executive, who has worked with the CIA, NSA, FBI, and U.S. military counterintelligence, as well as corporate financial giants like Deutsche Bank and Stripe.
    In an affidavit filed with Powell’s complaint in a Georgia court before midnight Wednesday, Keshavarz-Nia had this bombshell assessment.
    Hundreds of thousands of votes
    “I conclude with high confidence that the election 2020 data were altered in all battleground states resulting in a hundreds of thousands of votes that were cast for President Trump to be transferred to Vice President Biden.”
    These alterations, he added, resulted from widespread vulnerabilities in voting software and systems that allowed a “Man-in-the-Middle cyber attack” by covert operators.”

    I have to admit I feel I have been on a massive roller coaster over the last few weeks. One minute I feel confident Trump will prevail, the next I’m not so sure. At the moment I think all will be OK but the clock is ticking.

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    • Feel the same Ross and sometimes I have to have a break until the intrigue draws me back. Trump and his support team have been planning this peeling back of the swamp and take down from before his 2016 election. They have all their chess pieces in place. But yes, it is a worrying time. Trump is holding a rally in Georgia on 5 December and will be an awesome display of “We the People” 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 MAGA

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  5. Shaking things right back to the core of Hilary Clinton, who was the one who put up the false information.
    Will one of these being sued spill the beans? or further truth be found?

    ICYMI,
    @carterwpage
    is suing:
    Comey
    McCabe
    Clinesmith
    Strzok
    Page
    Pientka
    Somma
    Auten
    DOJ
    for a minimum of $75,000,000.00.
    I’ll discuss some highlights from Carter’s complaint in this thread.
    The entire complaint can be found here:

    https://twitter.com/HansMahncke/status/1332431560201674757?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1332431560201674757%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Ftheconservativetreehouse.com%2F2020%2F11%2F27%2Fnovember-27th-2020-presidential-politics-trump-administration-day-1408%2F

    As you scroll down, a short summation of the parts he found interesting, and how it all ties together.

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