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Since 9/11, Americans are more worried about terrorism than ever before. We all have seen episodes of 24 where Jack Bauer torturing a prisoner saves the country from a ticking time bomb. We know that torture is used worldwide, sometimes for religious reasons, sometimes for political means, and sometimes just for fun. We can convince ourselves that Americans are better than other countries that violate human rights. But the truth is that torture is never right, no matter what the reason. Torture is morally wrong, and a civilized country shouldn’t participate in it. Letting the government decide to torture people is a slippery slope of eroding civil rights and liberties. Democratic societies need to be based on principles of right and wrong, even when they are inconvenient. In the case of Guantanamo Bay, for example, the US has prisoners held in secret with no right to a trial and no independent oversight. The prisoners there may be held rightly or wrongly, and anything could happen to them: we
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This note was uploaded on 12/30/2009 for the course QWE 65 taught by Professor Qasd during the Spring '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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