Torturing is however, is an illegal act only when the aim behind it is deemed reasonably immoral. One should then not inflict pain mainly just to push the other party to make a confession of the truth to a matter if one does not wish to do. But, what if the truth will then lead to the place of say, a bomb, which could then be diffused in time an... ... middle of paper ... ...ded at the time. Should we all know the truth and would actually accommodate to orders under torture. If people reject the author's argument and we have carry out exact pain to pressure out the truth from them, we may just get that since the likelihood must have been higher because of the accuracy of the agencies' information.
In conclusion, I believe that the US Patriot Act is putting the United States’s citizens in danger. Accusing and arresting innocent people who are not terrorists will end up making people turn against each other. The government is casting a net so big that it catches not only the bad people, but the good as well, all in the name of 6National Security. Are we really living in a nation that believes in “Liberty and Justice for all?”
We now face a new perspective on the rest of the world and on ourselves. It is a very personal attack in the sense that the Unite... ... middle of paper ... ...oes not induce such anger and resentment so as to act irrationally. Terrorism has immeasurable effects on people. Fear is something that cannot be measured quantitatively. It can lead to many psychological behaviors that affect the way we look at the world.
"Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it" [Lord Acton, British Historian]. It is human nature that the more power one desires the more corrupt actions they have to commit to attain power. Power is the ability to have control over people and/or things. People who are powerful can and in most cases will create an illusion of anything they want you to see about them. This illusion can make people blind to their true intentions.
To see how this plays out in a real case scenario, the person who would have been in the position to convict an innocent life would refrain from doing so. That decision could potentially give him a bad reputation in his career (for not being able to catch the actual criminal) and in the worse case, a messy riot would arise, and no one is happy. On the other hand, the utilitarian-minded authority would go on to convict the innocent life, earning him a medal for a job well done and overall the public will celebrate a false victory of justice. Ultimately, there are objections to both Kantian and Utilitarian’s perspectives.
While it takes a lot to build up a society, it doesn’t take nearly as much for it crash and burn. One simple flaw can weaken it, and three added together will ruin the whole thing. Even the greatest societies can fall as the result of political corruption, war, and social injustice. These three have negatively affected Rome, Greece, Uganda, and even the fictional society in Matched by Ally Condie. “Political corruption is the use of power by government officials for illegitimate private gain.” This can lead to the downfall of societies because when citizens find out, they won’t have any respect for their government/leaders because of the bad things they do.
For example, if the public were told about a planned attack that could not be prevented, chaos would ensue. People would panic and perhaps cause more damage. Our country needs unity and not chaos. The government is only trying to protect us by keeping secrets. In this time of war, the government has more of a reason to be secretive.
Therefore, Torture is unconstitutional. Torturing is however, unconstitutional only when the motives behind it are deemed reasonably immoral. We should then of course not inflict pain mainly just to force the other party to confess the truth to a matter if he does not wish to. But what if the truth will then lead to the location of say, a timed-bomb, which will then be diffused in time to prevent an entire office block to collapse, bringing with it a thousand or more lives? Should the constitution then continue to protect the terrorist against such torture?
Research on the subject does not necessarily support the argument, but they do not counteract it either. The research is too often inconclusive and to base our opinions on this matter without concrete evidence is foolish. Violence on television, movies and video games is not the problem. The problem is that we wrongfully blame these media sources for violent crimes, rather than put the blame where it rightfully belongs. And if we can do away with all the disinformation on this topic, if we can stop fooling ourselves into thinking that, by cleansing the media we can also cleanse the society, we can then start to solve the real issues in our society.
In the long run, all types of greed can lead to a corrupt society because people may end up fighting one another just to get what they want, or make sacrifices that can be harmful to not only themselves, but for others as well. If greediness in people was a puzzle, it will forever remain incomplete until the missing piece of contentment is found through whatever it is they have been longing to have.