Severe Interrogations

Severe Interrogations - Andrew Golden Mr. Miller AP U.S....

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Andrew Golden Mr. Miller AP U.S. Government 10/7/07 Secret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations Summary The United States Justice Department declared torture as being abhorrent in late 2004. However, after Alberto Gonzales assumed the position of attorney general, it furtively posed a new opinion, claiming just the opposite, in another document, which sanctioned the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency, techniques that inflicted both physical and psychological distress. Although Congress intended to outlaw “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment, the Justice Department document deemed the above mentioned interrogation methods legal. Congress and the Supreme Court have both tried to place limits on interrogations, but have only succeeded in abolishing the most extreme techniques. In September, after taking on harsh criticism, Gonzales resigned. While in office, it seems Gonzales commonly gave into Vice President Dick Cheney’s urgencies to support policies that he saw as capable of protecting Americans. These policies brought about criticism from other governments, human rights groups and Democrats in Congress. Basically, the White House controlled Gonzales and hence, his department lost its sovereignty. Following 9-11, without public debate or Congressional vote, the Bush administration adopted “cruel, inhuman and degrading” practices that the United States previously looked down upon when used by other countries. These new adopted policies caused much heated political debate. In 2006, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Geneva Conventions applied to Al Qaeda prisoners as well, and President Bush finally recognized the C.I.A.’s top secret jails, ordering the inmates to be
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This note was uploaded on 06/26/2008 for the course HIST 1101 taught by Professor Don'tremember during the Spring '08 term at FSU.

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