later. In the meantime, about that execution we're hearing all the whining about,
Missing from that report - and most others - was the reason why states are using new drug mixes obtained through unconventional means: Since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Kentucky's three-drug lethal-injection protocol as constitutional in 2008, death penalty opponents have used every trick in the book to make the drugs disappear.
After the big bench affirmed the three-drug protocol, activists went after suppliers. The European Union threatened to ban the export of sodium thiopental to the United States. European producers stopped making it. U.S. manufacturer Hospira did too.
That's when states started experimenting and scrounging for "untested" drugs.
White House spokesman Jay Carney called the Oklahoma execution inhumane. He did not mention the Obama administration's role in pressuring states to surrender drugs found to be constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011, the Obama Department of Justice actually seized Georgia's supply of sodium thiopental because the drug, among other problems, did not have FDA approval. Really.