Is It Morally Right Or Wrong?

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Is it morally right or is it wrong to use torture to gain information during interrogation of suspected terrorists or detainees? It is a difficult ethical question that people in the United States are debating. Our government implemented its initial anti-terrorism measures shortly after 9/11 attacks occurred. The United States has found a way to justify the use of torture on suspected terrorists. Despite opposition of the Constitution, international treaties and Supreme Court rulings, justification for using it was hidden behind the curtain of utilitarianism. One of the landmark Supreme Court decisions was from Brown v. Mississippi and it states, “These measures outweighed many individual rights, including due-process rights and the right not to be tortured.” For potential suspects to be Denied the right to due-process is "so detainees and aliens could be held without charges for extended periods in investigation detentions" (Pollock, 2014). The Supreme Court ruled in the case of Brown v. Mississippi saying that severe coercion is against the rights for due process (Brown v. Mississippi - Significance, 2010). Why does this differ when it is applied to terrorist suspects? Some of the reasoning is the belief that terrorist suspects are not entitled to our legal right to due process. If this is true then torture is valid as a method of coercion. “An individual needs due-process rights because of the awesome power of the state against the weakness of one individual" (Pollock, 2014) . Many people do not believe that the government sanctions or practices torture during interrogation. They have fought for years to abolish torture, but others still fight to use some forms of torture while they attempt keeping the peace. W... ... middle of paper ... ...endition of Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen. Arar was taken into custody by United States representatives, because he might have had connections to al Qaeda. Arar was then deported to Syria where he was tortured after his imprisonment. “In 2009 documents released by the Obama administration reveal that the Bush administration had ordered the use of torture against al Qaeda suspects an alleged 266 times” (Brecher, 2007). Debate will continue regarding the use of torture on detainees. The “War on Terror” has altered the way that we handle terrorist suspects. There will always be opposing views and arguments about the proper and ethical handling of detainees. Whether torture works or not and whether it is morally right or wrong is viewed differently by everyone. Those with a conscience will see this is one of the biggest dilemmas in criminal justice field.
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