I don’t want to go dark in this blog, which is, in general, relentlessly, mindlessly upbeat, but I just heard a bit of gossip in an Austin bar that comes directly from the Texas legislature, and it seems like something worth passing along.
Background: Before the U.S. assassinates someone via predator drone, a death panel in Washington approves the hit.
The gossip: Certain legislators in death-happy Texas have begun feeling a little heat around the issue of capital punishment. It’s wildly popular, of course, but there is a rising tide of complaints about the delays and costs surrounding each coup de grace. Only 52 evildoers (plus the accidentally innocent) have been put to death in the past three years – far, far from the goal of one per day.
For this reason, Texas has put in an order with General Atomics for ten RQ-1 Predator drones. A “termination with extreme prejudice” panel has been set up in Austin. When an evildoer is run to ground and judged by the panel to be likely – very likely – to end up on Death Row, a drone can now be dispatched to nip the whole expensive, lengthy, annoying death-penalty process in the bud.