The extents, to which a liberal democracy can exercise its legal power in order to obtain their perceived interests before their actions has become an act of torture to the political interpretation of our society. Numerous democratic countries around the world that enhance of empathizing human rights and protection against abuse have been caught using highly coercive interrogation methods when dealing with terrorism. Although torture may be an internationally recognize illegal action, it has not stopped countries such as the United States of America who have been driven by global terrorism from bending its rules. Hence, in the name of human rights against terrorism, countries support human wrongs. This essay will examine how coercive interrogation methods are against the concepts of liberty and justice, freedom and morality, which outweigh any hypothetical benefits. In this debate, we are faced with the question, “On what justification may torture be justified in the name of national security”? In the articles “Ends, means and barbarity – Torture; The use and abuse of torture,” “Rules of War Enable Terror,” “The Torture of Myth,”, “FRONTLINE: Is Torture Ever Justified?”, “Bin Laden death rekindles torture debate” and “Terrorists Have No Geneva Rights” a wide variety of views on torture are expressed .Some individuals such as Juliette Kayyem, a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedys School of Government, suggests, “Interrogation is a skill, not a legal standard” (FRONTLINE SITE). In contrast, statistics prove that “nine out of ten people can be persuaded to talk with no stress methods at all, let alone cruel and unusual ones “(Herrington, p.1). In the past, the United States has been caught and exposed by the media for engaging in the torture of suspects of war crimes. However, the nation continues to claim that it is abiding by all international agreements prohibiting torture. To avoid another act of terrorism such as the 9/11 attacks on the nations’ iconic World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, the United States has adopted new strategies of interrogation against al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups around the world. Although regulations on abuse and torture such as the Geneva Conventions have been established to protect the individuals, they are not always obeyed righteously. The Geneva Conventions has outlined rules to regulate this issue but they “are outdated and are written so broadly that they have become a sword used by terrorist to kill civilians, rather than to protect civilians from terrorist” (Dershowitz, 2012, p.1). International law must to appropriately balance safeguarding human rights and avoiding human wrong. In past cases, such as that of Britain vs. Ireland, clear-cut examples of the use of torture for the purpose of obtaining interrogation goals are prevalent. Until Britain was ordered by a supreme court to change its interrogation methods, Britain previously used the coercive techniques of:”(1) hooding, (2) wall standing, (3) subjection to noise,(4) relative deprivation of food and water and (5)sleep deprivation”(Fortunate link). As humans, we must question ourselves as to when the reasonable and practical time to react to torture and how it can be justified in our society is. Depending on the number of lives being tortured in “ticking bomb” scenarios, individual opinions differ as to whether torture is appropriate to exercise. Although torture may not be the most ethical mode of getting results, there are surely some benefits of using torture during interrogation procedures. The most obvious of them being that with the use of coercive interrogation, government officials are capable of retrieving information from terrorists and war crime members that would not be otherwise possible. Without being faced with fear, captive individuals would just keep quite and put nations at risk of future attacks. According to Dershowitz (2012), the society is then face with the decision of “allowing those who plan…
Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty…” But are these reasons for government really what the typical American believes? Due to corrupt politicians and varying views on certain political topics, many Americans have a negative first response to the thought of government. They would prefer if the government let them live their lives without interfering as a threat to their individual freedoms. Looking at the purpose of government from…
5. political participation
1. types – 1. Conventional
2. involved to change laws
involved to keep in the same
3. influencing – elections,
- structure of government
- laws, policies
6. unconventional participation
1. engaging in illegal activities
2. engaging in activities that are socially unacceptable.
3. sit ins, occupy movements
4. because going through established channels doesn’t always work.
7. voting is the highest…
in 1910, and it intensified in 1948 when the nationalist party assumed power and and banned any form of political protests by the non whites. Governing parties such as The African National Congress and Pan Africanist Congress were outlawed and its leaders were imprisoned. Amongst the many leaders was renounced revolutionary and politician Nelson Mendela. While Mendela and many other political leaders remained imprisoned, many leaders fled the South Africa, set up headquarters in independent African…
I never thought my life was influenced by the government but by truly thinking about it, it has affected my life and the decisions that I have made. It influenced me to be a better person. My parents, teacher, and my job made me reflect that the government isn’t much different than how I live now witch is a form of political socialism. Political socialism is a concept concerning the study of the developmental by witch children of all ages and adolescents…
improved quite a bit over time, but it was a major hindrance in the early 1900’s.
Also later in the chapter the author states that in 1949 half of the voters polled said they would not vote for a woman to be president even if they were in the same political party. Improvements in public support for women started improving by the late 1960’s, and by the late 90’s through the early 2000’s women and men claimed they would vote for a women president as long as their party nominated her.
The book stated…
January 29, 2015
POLS 101 W 4 – 650 PM
Political Science Assignment #1
a) Politics – debates, over controversies that pertain to the government, between two
different parties whose goal is to achieve a solution, but mostly power
Government – a community of people who live under officials that construct and enforce
b) The importance of politics, is that it gives the opportunity for both sides of an argument to
be stated, heard, and understood. It gives…
No single philosophy. The state must gain glory through constant conquest, aka war. Belief that the past was glorious, and that the State can be renewed.
Free-access to the articles of consumption is made possible by advances in technology that allow for super-abundance
Emphasis on profit being distributed among the society…
Political Science Notes
I. Constitutional Basis for Foreign Policy
Article 2 in the Constitution (PRESIDENTIAL ARTICLE)
Framers of the Constitution met in 1787 in Philadelphia. Decided the president should be the person to take the lead in the foreign policy.
1. Allows the president to appoint authorities and to receive representatives officially.
They put in Article 2 (authority of the president to appoint ambassadors [big operation in foreign countries], other public ministers…
(3) Political - this is having the independence to governance yourselves without interference from internal or external.
- Legal De jury is the theoretical right to govern.
De facto means actual sovereignty being practiced. Its approached in teo ways.
(I) does the governing power have efficient strength or capacity to compile the citizens obedience.
(II) Are the subjects able to be obedient.
# The State And the Theories Of The State#
- It is a political entity which consist…