Torture Exam Prep

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Torture will occur--> torture warrants
Legal justification for Sec of Defense regarding interrogation methods at GITMO
Speaks to UN about Iraq
'Democracy and Tradition'
absolute prohibitionist; torture lies on a continuum and serves as an archetype in American legal system
President had sufficient power to allow the NSA to monitor the communications of US citizens on US soil without a warrant because the fourth amendment does not apply to domestic mi
wants us to contrast 2 ways of thinking about power; top down, capilary view
Torture must be used as a VERY last resort
“If legal justice perishes, it is no longer worthwhile for humans to remain alive on this earth.”
But in the post-9/11 world, when the practice of immobilizing and virtually drowning detainees became a politically charged issue, that straightforward definition grew murky
Description of guidelines for interrogation procedures at GITMO
Morality is constructed and has gone through a moral trajectory
Dirty hands
Abu Ghraib is at once a microcosm of the Iraq war in all its failures and the proverbial canary in the mineshaft
In this section, argues that a torturer “unmakes” the world of the prisoner, by taking away their voice and sense of self
The President has the ultimate responsibility for conducting warfare and one aspect of that is conducting investigations
Big problems with Dersowitz argument
A critique on utilitarianism-- not just the aggregate outcome, but his involvement in controlling the outcome
2 circumstances where torture is justified
Realism, pacifism, just war theory
Wrote about 24
Torture should never be allowed- the polar opposite of freedom
Criticized interrogation as “a system devised to break the will of the prisoners and make them wholly dependent on their interogators-focus on 14 people

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