Lethal Injections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses the lethal injection process, which is definitely not as pleasant as talking about a squeaking frog.
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  • If I remember correctly, the death penalty as a whole was one of the first pieces of LWT John Oliver did and I remain fascinated at how he manages to address (and re-address!) such a subject with an actually working mixture of his usual 'comedic light-heartedness' and a most serious, coherent and compassionate demeanour. One can only hope that his (and everyone else's) messages of how disastrous it is that humans continue to believe having the right to systematically take each others lives reach the right ears, preferably with the brains and bodies attached to those ears taking appropriate action afterwards. But it really seems so nearly hopeless. If moral institutions like Jesus and Gandalf are arguably shaking their heads over humanity's lasting madness in this respect, I somehow fear for John Oliver's efforts...

    Sherry MiyanoSherry MiyanoPřed 17 hodinami
  • Just for some clarity to all the morons in this chat section: Clayton Lockett raped, anal raped, kidnapped, shot, and buried ALIVE his victim: Stephanie Neiman. Everyone here saying he is not deserving of death is an absolute monster. Most people here would easily agree that Hitler and many of his followers responsible for the death of millions were deserving of death. So many people give into emotion and not logic. Yes, the death penalty is a reserved punishment. But, it establishes a higher morality for society. It says that the VICTIMS (innocent 19 year old girls raped and murdered, millions of Jews killed, etc.) were worth SOMETHING. It says that we VALUE what we lost as a society, and it says that the people who commit these heinous crimes have WILLFULLY given up their value to society (beyond redemption). So many people here think they are morally superior because they are too cowardly to do all that is necessary for their fellow man. That cowardice does not make them right. Soft emotions are not automatically morally superior. Just because something makes you temporarily feel bad or be apprehensive, does not automatically make that thing wrong/bad. These are the emotions and cowardice of the people who were too soft to kill a Nazi trying to round up and kill their fellow man right in front of them. That weakness cannot be tolerated in our society, it makes too much room for those who will take advantage of it. Those who commit heinous crimes against our fellow man MUST have their lives ended as showing the proper respect to and for what was lost so unjustly.

    hmmhmmPřed 21 hodinou
  • I'm against the death penalty, but if it has to be done why not use carbon monoxide? A bottle of booze then release the exhaust fumes, no pain surely?

    nepirisnepirisPřed dnem
  • This makes Kim Jong-un’s execution by anti-aircraft guns sound downright humane. Edited to add: AZ’s statement that prisoners can provide their own lethal drugs reminds me of the Hutu mass murderers who offered to sell bullets to their Tutsi victims. Those who couldn’t afford the bullets got machete’d.

    Gina KeGina KePřed dnem
  • He would feel differently if his family member died a horrific death..raped..tortured..etc. yes we should assure who we are putting death are in fact guilty...we r not talking about that. It how they are being put to death. I assure u u would no longer talk this way if it was someone you loved. Its not drug dealers...car thief's..its capital murder. Stop applauding

    Jannah Molinar GericJannah Molinar GericPřed dnem
  • to thoese people saying they are against death penalty . untill one of your closest friends is killed untill you see a family member die everything you said will become bullshit you will think about torturing the killer in the worst way possible for atleast a month

    canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
  • beheading should be back

    canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
  • I can solve the lethal injection problem: just o.d. them on heroin, that's humane and it will kill painlessly.

    rickshawwheelchairrickshawwheelchairPřed dnem
  • 4% of people innocent means 1/25. It's about the same as the number of redheads in the average population. Edit: for the "method of death" conundrum in trying to make it happen without suffering, the answer should be obvious. I don't support the death penalty and this video was excrutiating to even watch. It's one of the most horrifying experiences I could ever imagine. I would want to be shot in the head multiple times if I got stuck in that situation. Why they don't let the prisoners choose just shows how deep the disregard for autonomy is at this stage. The death penalty isn't just taking away the right to life, but the right to death. The fact that they sit in a prison waiting for that horrific day with no escape is savage evil. Cruel and unusual punishment to play upon the person's nervous system and their own instinct for self-protection. There is nothing relevant in the idea justifying the actions, because the actual way it plays out is the epitome of evil. It is the natural conclusion of punishment played out to its final move.

    Nemo SundryNemo SundryPřed 2 dny
    • so you take someones life but you don't get your life taken . you're lying to yourself mate prison is regarded as a 5 star hotel and a way to make a name for many people atleast where i come from and the apsense of executions lead only to more and more homocide . the point of execution is to save more lifes . much less people would kill knowing that they will have the same fate as the victim than if they just go to prison .

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
  • Let me be clear I am not for the death penalty. However, if they're going to do it anyways wouldnt beheading be the fastest and least painful way?

    Anya UAnya UPřed 2 dny
    • obviously not

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
  • Give them heroin. It doesn’t take much to overdose on. Or medicine people get while on hospice. Probably won’t feel anything.

    Garrett DriskillGarrett DriskillPřed 2 dny
  • When you compare birthdays to exacuations

    Vilmos PalikVilmos PalikPřed 2 dny
  • Ever since I was a child, I've thought: Just shoot people in the head.

    Carl LCarl LPřed 2 dny
    • @Carl L same here

      magesticmaniaccmagesticmaniaccPřed 21 hodinou
    • I'm only commenting on the method, not the morality of killing. @magesticmaniacc

      Carl LCarl LPřed 21 hodinou
    • Two in the head one in the heart. End of story. But I guess making sure people r actually guilty wud also be nice

      magesticmaniaccmagesticmaniaccPřed dnem
  • What drugs are given during general anesthesia? While there are many drugs that can be used intravenously to produce anesthesia or sedation, the most common are: Barbiturates. Amobarbital (trade name: Amytal) Methohexital (trade name: Brevital) Thiamylal (trade name: Surital) ... Benzodiazepines. Diazepam. Lorazepam. Midazolam. Etomidate. Ketamine. Propofol. Anesthetic - Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anesthetic

    Bradley HolmesBradley HolmesPřed 3 dny
  • Conservative Americans hate criminals and would have them all suffer die horribly. Whether they're guilty or not is irrelevant. Conservatives control these regulations So, all criminals can just suffer and die. I knew a conservative girl who sincerely believed in using the guillotine instead of lethal injection. She sincerely believed it. She wanted it. And as far as I know, she still does. But she was an evangelical christian. Devout, too. Go figure!

    Kyle MouttetKyle MouttetPřed 3 dny
    • am not an american and i 100% support the death penalty i don't understand how a guy who ends another persons life doesn't deserve to get the same punishment. prison is a 5star hotel to some people and much less people would kill if they knew that they will get the same fate as the victim

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
  • Guillotine; effective and cheap, also fast. Not to be rude but it would be better than a slow death waiting for it all to end painfully. Firing squad; even faster, with no pain if head shot or shot to the heart. Quick and painless if you shoot the right spot.

    darian beardarian bearPřed 3 dny
  • Bruh, but guillotine IS realy effective and actually not that painful considering hair burning and fire in veins. Also, I think that lifetime in prison is a sentence far more brutal than the most brutal ways to kill a man. I would rather prefer Chinese bamboo torture than lifetime inprisonment. So I think, we just need to give them a choice, lifetime inprisonment or guillotine

    Dovian MappingDovian MappingPřed 3 dny
  • Why don't they simply doze a tremendous amount of fentanyl and be done with it easily?

    Ah Dindu NuffinAh Dindu NuffinPřed 4 dny
  • 0:21 *a n g e r y*

    Scooty789Scooty789Před 4 dny
  • What's the big deal? Just call "Rent-a-Nazi". They are the world's greatest purveyors of individual or mass executions. Gas, Rifle, Poison, they have it all. They didn't earn the name Nazi for just fiddle-daddling around. They got the job done. "Rent-a-Nazi for all your execution needs!™"

    goodchessactorgoodchessactorPřed 4 dny
  • Hahaha it's real! wikileaksorwhatever.com/ There's a squeaky frog and everything lol it's great! 😂

    TWSTF 8TWSTF 8Před 4 dny
  • An Attorney should be able to get any testimony from that supposed, "Expert Witness," thrown out. Up to and including in the cases in which he testified at the Supreme Court, by doing the same or an equivalent or higher amount of research concerning his claims to be any kind of, "Expert," whatsoever. The Attorney could then either have the results of the cases with which he participated overturned, or at the very least have them reopened and re-tried. If John Oliver can completely expose and debunk a supposed, "Expert Witness," in support of the anesthetics used in Lethal Injections for an episode of his show, certainly someone else could for the purposes of showing in a Court of Law that the man should not be used as an, "Expert Witness," in ANY State.

    TWSTF 8TWSTF 8Před 4 dny
  • We're discussing murderes, who cares?

    JACK WILLIAMSJACK WILLIAMSPřed 5 dny
  • Fry the bastards!

    JACK WILLIAMSJACK WILLIAMSPřed 5 dny
    • @StormCrown Of course not the innocent ones. That's why there should be irrefutable evidence before anyone gets this. Like video tape or something.

      JACK WILLIAMSJACK WILLIAMSPřed 4 dny
    • What about the innocent ones?

      StormCrownStormCrownPřed 5 dny
  • Clayton Lockett should have been tortured beyond what he went through. That pos deserved his death and what he suffered.

    Daniel NoordjikDaniel NoordjikPřed 5 dny
  • Very Thankful that we are fighting against death penalty.

    Aaron Silver-PellAaron Silver-PellPřed 5 dny
  • And the biggest problem is innocent people being executed.

    Eugene BerkovichEugene BerkovichPřed 5 dny
  • Why don't they just have people OD on Methadone? I knew a few heroine addicts who were resuscitated at the hospital after an OD they all said it was painless, they had the sensation of falling asleep and not waking up.

    Leif LeodenLeif LeodenPřed 6 dny
  • How about we try Succinol Cholyne? I think it'd work as an alternative to Midazalam. People have used it to kill victims before. Including Germany's worst serial killer since the Halocaust, Stephan Letter.

    TennantJunkie1993TennantJunkie1993Před 6 dny
  • I thought slowly replacing oxygen with nitrogen was a safe and humane way to euthanize someone? Regardless it is pretty sad they can’t figure this out. I have mixed feelings of the death penalty. But in those rare situations where the person is undeniably guilty and maybe even wants to die, there has to be an easier way. The only argument I heard against firing squad was it doesn’t always make for an open casket funeral, which should be the least of our concerns. As long as they agree to it and it is economically feasible, I would say let them die however they want. Fuck, you could release me on an island and let rich people hunt me for sport. As long as their huge application fees go to cancer research or my kid’s education, it’s a win-win.

    cmilla111cmilla111Před 6 dny
  • just shoot em in the head lol

    namejeffVEVOnamejeffVEVOPřed 6 dny
  • how the fuck is a lethal injection more expensive than prison for life? it doesnt make sense.

    alwaysthisnicknamesalwaysthisnicknamesPřed 6 dny
    • @StormCrown you're telling me that feeding a scumbag and giving him water to shower for atleast 40 years is less expensive than some mileleter of injection FUCK OFF.

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
    • @canon isensys No it's not, you can literally google it to see the evidence.

      StormCrownStormCrownPřed dnem
    • it's a straight up lie

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
    • Because it's hard to get the drugs and no one has exactly described their prison cells as 'full of life's comforts'

      StormCrownStormCrownPřed 5 dny
  • If these people are getting the death penalty why does anyone care if it's painless?

    Julian RickyJulian RickyPřed 6 dny
    • @StormCrown they fucking deserve torture

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
    • @StormCrown Did they make sure it was painless for the people they killed? People get the death penalties for doing horrendous crimes.

      Julian RickyJulian RickyPřed 4 dny
    • Because they're sentenced to death, not torture.

      StormCrownStormCrownPřed 5 dny
  • Why not use a decompression chamber? Slowly lower the pressure and at 7psi you're pretty much unconscious. Keep going and it's lights out. I think it's how animals are euthanized. I'm not pro death penalty. If killing is wrong, it's wrong under almost all circumstances.

    James S.James S.Před 6 dny
  • Well done John.

    Jennifer WaldenJennifer WaldenPřed 6 dny
  • me: *clicks on video, sees title* [@0:41] me: well I was surprised by this twist

    Bug BunnyBug BunnyPřed 7 dny
  • I'm with guillotine man. If someone's going to be sentenced to death, cut the "humane" and "politically correct" bullshit and just end the guy. Guillotine, firing squad, sticking C-4 to the side of their head. No risk of "botched executions," just quick and effective. Not that I care whether someone who does something so terrible as to get the death sentence suffers.

    Sideways GSideways GPřed 7 dny
  • Don't put mayo on your pizza. I've done it once and was never able to go back. It's yummy gross!

    CyndiaCyndiaPřed 7 dny
  • The incredible irony of John being pro-choice and yet anti-death penalty for the worst of humanity. I'm certain John would have a different perspective if someone raped and tortured his family.

    Nathan PrindlerNathan PrindlerPřed 8 dny
    • @Nathan Prindler islam is the answer.

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
    • @ESopre Your ignorance of basic biology is astounding.

      Nathan PrindlerNathan PrindlerPřed 7 dny
    • @Nathan Prindler acording to science and experts, a fetus is not a human, not yet at least so arbortion is not murder. A murderer or rapist deserve a lifetime in jail with no chance of release, giving them the death penalty would be a quick end, which in my mind is mercy.

      ESopreESoprePřed 7 dny
    • @ESopre No they certainly aren't the same. One kills a helpless innocent human being and the other serves justice to a scumbag. I would not be nearly as much at peace knowing the person who ruined my life was living fine being taken care of.

      Nathan PrindlerNathan PrindlerPřed 8 dny
    • Abortion and the death penalty is not the same by any stretch of the imagination. If people have committed vile crimes they deserve to be locked up for the rest of their life, death would be merciful in comparison.

      ESopreESoprePřed 8 dny
  • What is wrong with the reliable old firing squad? There is no reason, other than lawyers, that it is more expensive to execute someone than keeping them for life in prison. The cost of 1 bullet is alot less than the typical $50,000 per year to keep a prisoner.

    Joe MiloschJoe MiloschPřed 8 dny
    • fuck off stop lying

      canon isensyscanon isensysPřed dnem
  • That Jesus lady actually destroyed all omy hope

    420Effect420EffectPřed 8 dny
  • idk, I think that if they showed no mercy to their victims, why should we show mercy to them? What about their victims?

    Ana RamirezAna RamirezPřed 8 dny
  • 11:03 why would HBO be so deeply fucked?

    Shrreder2017Shrreder2017Před 8 dny
  • Firing squad is the best method imo

    Hannah DillHannah DillPřed 8 dny
  • Call me a “mother fucker” if you want, but if someone is a murder or a rapist I think they should meet a firing squad 🤷🏻‍♂️🤷🏻‍♂️ simple effective and just what they deserve. Funny how John also talks about the prison crisis and overpopulation yet advocates for keeping inmates in jail for life... pick a side already John!

    Adrian DejacomoAdrian DejacomoPřed 8 dny
  • Just lock them in a room with a cars engine idling then it would be the best way to die

    Gabriel ValenciaGabriel ValenciaPřed 8 dny
  • Let me say first I'm against the death penalty, but the purposefully misinformation used to argue against it here bothers me. I both work in pharmacy and emergency medicine, the paralytic used on inmates is identical to others used when we intubate a patient or prep them for surgery to paralyze the patient. Pavulon, the drug in question, has nearly a zero percent failure rate and every instance of failure was due to poor dosages and human error. So to think there people who died suffered from fire IVs is misleading at best and I feel as if they intentially overlooked this fact. Stick with the ethics of the issue : Using the "not fuck the mom" ethics shouldn't talk about how it's wrong to get drunk first before driving to her house may cause traffic accidents.

    BombalurinaBombalurinaPřed 8 dny
    • Still, the point still stands that the paralytic, by their own admission, is administered solely for the benefit of the executioner. It doesn't make the process any more humane -- it just lets the executioner have some kind of illusion of it being humane just in case the first drug didn't work.

      TerastasTerastasPřed 7 dny
  • Put people up against a brick wall. Strap a big metal plate to a truck. Plough the truck at full speed at the person crushing them in milliseconds. E-z p-z. Im gonna get on a watchlist for this comment aren't i

    Kai HyenaKai HyenaPřed 9 dny
    • That sounds like something out of a Saw movie.

      TerastasTerastasPřed 7 dny
  • Was anyone else certain 10:32 was going to include a joke about the camera clock never getting to 10am?

    XatxiFlyXatxiFlyPřed 9 dny
  • It's not about who they are it's about who we are well said

    JP LovecchioJP LovecchioPřed 9 dny
  • I don’t understand why this guy is attacking lethal injections, if you’ve done nothing wrong you have nothing to worry about. Not once did he mention that each person that goes on death row the crimes they did. My opinion is just firing squad

    Mr.TastyMr.TastyPřed 9 dny
    • He did but then went on to say that a study showed 4% of people may be wrongly convicted You can't guarantee that every person is guilty of what they've been charged with

      just mejust mePřed 7 dny
  • We just hang criminals. - Singapore.

    のあ高峯のあ高峯Před 9 dny
  • The paralytic drug is given to stop breathing by halting the diaphragm. It is not given to immobilize the recipient, though it does. The death penalty should be scrapped, at the very least, the paralytic should be removed from the cocktail for reasons described by John Oliver.

    bobby bobbersonbobby bobbersonPřed 9 dny
  • Let's kill em cheap then. Bring back heads cut off. Quick, cheap, painless. Done.

    Donald taylorDonald taylorPřed 9 dny
  • I will never understand why people believe executing a murderer is "cruel" or "barbaric". If a legal adult commits premeditated murder, then they should no longer be breathing.

    timmity tommithytimmity tommithyPřed 9 dny
  • I can't agree more that lethal injection is not very effective we should go back to hangings or a bullet at the base of the skull. Both are much cheaper and more effective.

    Joseph RobertsJoseph RobertsPřed 9 dny
  • I went to wikileaksorwhatever.com and I must say, I was not disappointed. What a frog!

    Patrick BatemanPatrick BatemanPřed 9 dny
  • im a republican i i agree what he said

    Andrew MontoyaAndrew MontoyaPřed 9 dny
  • Anyone else actually visit wikileaksorwhatever.com?

    MyststormMyststormPřed 9 dny
  • I'd rather just get my head chopped off

    Adrian BräysyAdrian BräysyPřed 9 dny
  • Weird coming from someone who spoke out in support of the poisoning and dismemberment of innocent babies (abortion).

    Jonathan DanielJonathan DanielPřed 9 dny
  • I'm just gonna say it - killing animals "humanly" is also bullshit. And these animals do not deserve to die in the first place.

    Nofar CohenNofar CohenPřed 10 dny
  • 4% is way too much

    Jesse ParrishJesse ParrishPřed 10 dny
  • Russell William Burket

    performancepursuitperformancepursuitPřed 10 dny
  • Colorado has several mass murders on death row... for more than a decade each.

    Michael RichardsMichael RichardsPřed 10 dny
  • omg that Jesus this was crazy, do Americans even think before talking holy shit. death penalty is bad simply because it has a chance of innocent people getting executed, if it wasn't for that i would be in favor of it.

    MadLaneMadLanePřed 10 dny
  • wikileaksorwhatever.com

    Amro ElkhodraiAmro ElkhodraiPřed 10 dny
  • The arguments that the process is painful or not properly administered really don't draw much sympathy. If a rapist or someone who murdered children feels like they're suffocating I'm kind of in support of that. And the cost argument really doesn't matter much either - bring back the firing squad then; a bunch of blanks and one live bullet will cost maybe $20 - that's as cost efficient as you can get. Honestly, the only argument that I think could sway me here is that a good percentage of people were later found to be not guilty. This process for actual rapists and pedophiles is still better than they deserve, but it is terrifying when it happens to innocent people.

    Dean MarconiDean MarconiPřed 11 dny
    • @emart88 Yeah, it tells me that it's painful and terrible - which is what pedophiles and rapists deserve.

      Dean MarconiDean MarconiPřed 8 dny
    • Considering one of the executioners refused to ever do a lethal injection again after seeing what he did should tell you a lot.

      emart88emart88Před 8 dny
  • The desert rain frog is now my favorite frog.

    ysa :Pysa :PPřed 11 dny
  • This raises some questions. Why can't they just use a horse-sized dose of the stuff they use to put the cats and dogs to sleep (death)? Or is it even worse then the stuff they use on people? Or, wouldn't it more effective to give them a bootle of booze and a burn a brick of coal, which is painless and extremely effective?

    daji-sandaji-sanPřed 11 dny
Lethal Injections: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)