Team 21 - Team 2 Z. Messitte IAS 2003-001 23 October 2009...

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Team 2 Z. Messitte IAS 2003-001 23 October 2009 IS THERE A NEED FOR ENHANCED INTERROGATION!!! HELL YEAH(working title) For a nation’s sovereignty to have any weight in the international spectrum arena, it must be protected by a strong national security policy. For the United States to be able to effectively protect its citizens, interests, and ideals, enhanced interrogation is necessary. a necessary part of national security . Constructing a national security policy after September 11 th was a task far from clear-cut and simple, as the U.S. has d never encountered a threat of this at nature of scale . The U.S. government has always prided itself on upholding the inherent dignity that every human being possesses. However, when dealing with non-state actors stateless terrorism , state-funded terrorists with no clear chain of command or uniform, and radical insurgents who threaten United States’ interests, and protecting the lives of others, a unique approach must be taken. The threat of unlawful combatants, such as Al Qaeda, and the necessity of speedy information upon which to act, quickly gaining actionable intelligence, warrant and demand the use of enhanced interrogation. It is important to establish a clear distinction between enhanced interrogation and torture. According to U.S. law torture is defined by “severe mental pain or suffering,” indeed it means especially when it is “prolonged mental or physical harm,” (“U.S. Code Collection"). Enhanced interrogation techniques fall under none of the categories
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previously listed. do not fall under these categories, as they are strictly regulated by U.S. code . ( Citation needed) Some of the gruesome examples that many quotes as reasons to not utilize enhanced interrogation are in fact not approved by the U.S. government. The Bush administration, for example,“did not approve of scaring terrorists with fake executions or power drills” (Sammon). Abusers of power at Abu Graihb were also held responsible for the atrocities they commi While the incident at Abu Ghraib is often used as an example of enhanced interrogation as torture, this is simply no the case. The soldiers were members of a National Guard unit responsible for guarding prisoners, not gaining intelligence. They ’re abuse of power had nothing to do with the established guidelines followed by U.S. Military Intelligence, CIA and other government interrogators. These guidelines strictly prohibit “scaring terrorists with fake executions or power drills” (Sammon), among other things. These men were corrupted by power, not acting to obtain actionable intelligence to protect the United States. tted. Enhanced interrogation is in fact defined to be a set of aggressive procedures used in the midst of an interrogation to facilitate the gain of vital information (“What is enhanced interrogation?”). The term enhanced interrogation was first introduced to the American public in the early twenty-first century as an explanation for interrogation processes
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course IAS 2045 taught by Professor Kent during the Spring '09 term at Arkansas State.

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Team 21 - Team 2 Z. Messitte IAS 2003-001 23 October 2009...

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