The Trump administration, regardless of solely beginning in July, will depart workplace having executed probably the most federal prisoners since 1896. Barr has hinted that the quantity might but improve.
In an Associated Press writeup of the scheduled executions, the primary of which can occur on Thursday, Barr tries laborious to go off the executions with a enterprise as standard or simply following orders tone, and the AP takes his sometimes smarmy bullshit-peddling an excessive amount of at face worth. In observe, the resumption of federal executions may be very a lot a William Barr affair. Barr was appointed to his present submit in February 2019; Barr introduced a resumption of executions in July, although it took almost a yr for the primary to be carried out.
And Barr went farther, in pushing by means of (after Trump’s loss) new federal rules allowing federal executions to be carried out by firing squad. The rule is, so far as we all know, merely a symbolic one; the Biden administration will virtually actually reverse it. If Barr spent his final weeks in workplace pushing ahead guidelines to carry again firing squads, it was as a result of he determined to take action.
Whilst a symbolic transfer, it reveals Barr’s priorities. From blocking Congress’ investigative powers to the redemptive violence of executions, Barr has centered himself on making the nation a crasser, extra corrupt, and extra brutal one.
Trump himself has voiced approval for redemptive violence, whether or not in opposition to rally protesters or these he has decided in his personal thoughts to be criminals, greater than as soon as. Barr was instrumental within the tear gassing of Washington, D.C. protesters, although he tried to play that, too, off as solely tangentially associated to himself. This crew has priorities.
Resuming federal executions, and in massive sufficient numbers to problem the post-Civil Struggle period, is certainly one of them. Combatting a worldwide pandemic shouldn’t be.