Torture Exam Prep

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Torture should never be allowed- the polar opposite of freedom
wants us to contrast 2 ways of thinking about power; top down, capilary view
'Democracy and Tradition'
absolute prohibitionist; torture lies on a continuum and serves as an archetype in American legal system
Dirty hands
2 circumstances where torture is justified
Speaks to UN about Iraq
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
A critique on utilitarianism-- not just the aggregate outcome, but his involvement in controlling the outcome
Morality is constructed and has gone through a moral trajectory
“If legal justice perishes, it is no longer worthwhile for humans to remain alive on this earth.”
In this section, argues that a torturer “unmakes” the world of the prisoner, by taking away their voice and sense of self
Big problems with Dersowitz argument
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
The President has the ultimate responsibility for conducting warfare and one aspect of that is conducting investigations
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
Realism, pacifism, just war theory
Legal justification for Sec of Defense regarding interrogation methods at GITMO
Abu Ghraib is at once a microcosm of the Iraq war in all its failures and the proverbial canary in the mineshaft
Torture must be used as a VERY last resort
Description of guidelines for interrogation procedures at GITMO
Wrote about 24
Torture will occur--> torture warrants

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