Annotated Bibliography

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Steven Murphy English 101, Section 87 November 8 th , 2007 Annotated Biblography Coleman, Clive. “Why ticking bomb torture stinks.” The Times (London) 5 January 2006. LexisNexis Academic. Lexis Nexis. U of S. Carolina Libraries 28 September 2007 < >. Using almost solid fact-based arguments, this article discusses the unreliability of torture- obtained information. The strongest argument found in the essay claims that torture is critical in ticking-bomb situations. That opinion is rung around throughout the essay by citing several references to modern politicians and government figures. This article is catchy from the beginning where it asks, “What would you be prepared to do to prevent a ticking bomb planted by terrorists from exploding with catastrophic loss of innocent life?” Many credible people are quoted in the article, including Alan Dershowitz, who was a high-profile lawyer for clients including Mike Tyson and OJ Simpson. He mentions an unusual idea that requires non-lethal torture to be warranted by the head of state or a Supreme Court justice. The underlying bias in the article is that torture should be used only in ticking bomb cases, but the information obtained through torture isn’t that reliable. This article didn’t change my opinion of ticking bomb torture, because it’s common sense to know that when someone is being tortured they’ll tell who’s torturing them whatever they want to hear. It is useful to my paper because it includes a favorable legal opinion of torture.
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The Economist. “Is Torture Ever Justified.” Economist Newspaper 9 Jan. 2003. 22 Sept. 2007 <> This article analyzes the human rights side of torture by addressing some of the different methods of torture, and understanding the moral effects and standing in world opinion among nation that torture with other non torture nations. It cites specific examples of world opinion of a nation, immediately resulting from the discovery of torture in the world media. This article used emotional appeal to turn the opinion of readers in favor of more peaceful methods of interrogation. It specifically described the shift of public policy after September 11 th , towards bending the rules on torture, “encouraged the bending of definitions and the turning of blind eyes” on those of questionable allegiance. The most idea turning fact in the article is the
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