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How to Kill a Human Being (Docu Part 1/3)

Former Conservative MP, Michael Portillo pushes his body to the brink of death in an investigation into the science of execution. As the American Supreme Court examines whether the lethal injection is causing prisoners to die in unnecessary pain Michael sets out to find a solution which is fundamentally humane. To do so he examines the key methods of execution available today: he discovers why convicts can catch on fire in the electric chair, learns how easy it is to botch a hanging and inhales a noxious gas to experience first hand the terror of the gas chamber. Armed with some startling evidence Michael considers a completely new approach. Will it be the answer? There is only one way of finding out - to experience it himself.





Further Information * BBC: How to Kill a Human Being http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/broadband/tx/executions/

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Added: Dec-31-2011 Occurred On: Dec-31-2011
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  • The insanity of trying to come up with a way to humanely kill people is mind boggling to me. If you want someone dead it doesn't matter how you go about it, just get on with it!

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  • I would much prefer most (not all) to feel the pain

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  • It's called a .45 to the head...

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  • I just hope the lethal injection they use on animals is not the same as humans, I cant stop thinking about my poor dog now...

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  • i dont care if it hurts them, why should anybody, ask there victims that died in so much a worse way than they will. fuck them burn them at the stake for me.

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  • Most humane? What about the victims, that suffer the god aweful pain and mental shock, from knowing their loved ones were murdered cold blood. Fuck that, the killers can suffer what they deserve. This is liberal propoganda.

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  • .45ACP hollow point to the back of the head. Instant and probably painless.

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  • I remember hearing once, that taking life is easy but how you continue afterwards is always unknown.
    thou for those that have shown they don't want to be human being anymore based on their actions, I'd say cut of circulation to a limb and inject a thick or liquad/gel type acid into them. So if it works it should be fitting for a person that has fallen so below the moral line.

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    • @updougdown I think you guys should i live in a state that has it and uses it just killing someone will not get you the death penalty here you have to do some fucked up shit like torture or kill kids

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    • @updougdown Anytime brah.

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    • @updougdown
      Unfortunately, the appeal process in a Death Penalty case costs more than just letting the fucker rot in prison. That's what's fucked up.

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  • I saw this. They did pick a humane way in the end. I shan't spoil it for you.

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  • Here's a way to prevent the fear of dying a death at the hands of one of these motherfuckers that they're trying to defend with this liberal bullshit.

    One: Concealed Carry and carry every fucking day, everywhere that you go.
    Two: Limit the number of verdict appeals to 1 and have them executed within 1 year or less if the evidence is overwhelming.

    This will lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim of a murder. Not prevent it, but lessen the likelihood.. If you live in Illinois though, peopl More..

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  • fundamental assumption is flawed

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  • capitol punishment is bullshit. state sanctioned murder and there aint nothing humane about that

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  • Umm... maybe the only way to NOT be barbarians is to abolish the death penalty for good?

    After all we all claim to live in constitutional states, not revenge states, don't we?

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  • Who fucking cares if there's pain involved? If the guy is clearly guilty, then who seriously gives a flying fuck whether or not he feels any pain with the exception of this one eyed fuck in the video, Susan Sarandon and that piece of shit Tim Robbins? Did we forget about the fact that they didn't give a shit about the people they killed and their suffering?

    This is why this country now sucks. Worrying about a humane execution and forgetting the fact that they fucking deserved the exact method More..

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    • @AnotherBrick
      It's neither cruel or unusual to take an eye for an eye. Here's the deal, you must live in some fucking place where life is bucolic and as simplistic as that of the Amish. There are those of us who have evolved from our "cruder ancestors" however, there are those that haven't and those are the wolves that this sheepdog is up against. You, the sheep are those that I protect. You, the sheep would actually love and forgive those that would either kill a loved one or yoursel More..

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    • @Amusing thats great. That's also called mob violence. If they are found guilty by a trial of peers and the state has a death penalty, than they should be put to death by morphine overdose. My whole mission recently is to tell people that the wars overseas is useless whenj we have a war on our border. We should bring them home and put them on the border.

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  • those sentenced to death deserve a little pain before they die. Guillotine is the best way to execute.

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  • Good god, they still havent found the answer to it, still many have died, are dying and will die till the end of time, and the state even promotes that killing of a man, no incarceration necessary, but there will be a fee, it's called, MARRIAGE!

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  • I don't get the whole pain thing. If your a criminal and have been convicted of a crime worthy of a death sentence. Then it would suit that your right to a pain free death is forfeit.

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  • LOL @ the first place he goes is my state

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  • Why should it be humane!!!!!!! WHAT ABOUT THE VICTIM? DID THE VICTIM OF THE CRIME DIE HUMANELY? I AM SURE THAT 99.9.9.9% THERE VICTIMS DIED A GRUELING DEATH!. WHY SHOULD THEY HAVE A GRAND LAST MEAL!. Sorry, i feel that no one should have to die at the hands of another but stop and think about what the victim went thru, how the victim was cheated from life, how painfull it must have been for the victim when they were killed.

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