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151 Reading Discussion Week 6

151 Reading Discussion Week 6 - prosecution against many...

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Noah Greenberg Wednesday’s @2 Lawso 151 February 3, 2009 This week’s piece by Scott Horton on “Prosecuting an Outlaw Administration was an extremely provocative writing calling out the Bush administration for their blatant violations of both international law including the Geneva Conventions and International Humanitarian Law, as well as United States Federal laws against torture and the incommunicado holding of prisoners for extended periods of time. While if President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld or many other perpetrators ever travel outside the country it is possible that a foreign country may prosecute, it is highly unlikely that the United States will extradite any of its former leaders. Instead, Horton calls upon America to organize a prosecution of its former leaders; an action he argues is the only possible way to clear America’s international reputation and to vindicate the nation of past faults. Scott Horton’s calling for a committee of lawyers to organize a
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Unformatted text preview: prosecution against many people within America’s former cabinet as well as the military is a bold statement, but indeed a statement which needed to be said. After dozens and dozens of clear violations for both federal and international law, America may never be able to approach the table for international relations in the same way again. As well, after torturing dozens of Arabic prisoners in Guantanamo and exposed “black sites,” America’s asking other countries not to torture American soldiers upon capture has absolutely no bearing whatsoever. The only chance at clearing our image is to distance ourselves from the past regime, by prosecuting them and showing how America in its essence does not stand for actions done by our past regime. Discussion Question: Does America still have a right to ask other nations not to torture American prisoners captured in war? And if not, is there any way to reconcile American’s right to not be tortured?...
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  • Winter '08
  • HAJJAR
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 2003 invasion of Iraq, Noah Greenberg Lawso, heir blatant violations, Scott Horton

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