That's the title of an OpEd published in today's New York Times, written by Megan McCracken and Jennifer Moreno. They are attorneys with the Death Penalty Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Here's the beginning:
FACING a critical shortage of lethal injection drugs, prison officials in a number of states have recently engaged in an unseemly scramble to obtain new execution drugs, often from unreliable and even illegal sources. Not only does this trend raise serious questions about the constitutionality of executions, it also undermines the foundations of our democratic process. In the name of security, states are now withholding vital information about their death penalty procedures — from death row prisoners’ lawyers and from judges, whose stamp of approval they need to impose the ultimate sanction, as well as from the public, in whose name the sentence is carried out.