In Class - Introduction to new topic: War on Terror. Discuss the roles of government and the expansion of the power of the presidency during times of war in relationship to advanced interrogation techniques (ie. torture).
Homework - QOW due Friday, March 29.
QOW - Do some research outside research on the topics discussed in class. Include a minimum of two sources and an MLA Works Cited. This is due by Friday, March 29 by 11:59 pm.
The post 9/11 era and the War on Terror has dramatically increased the power of the President of the United States. We are fighting an unknown enemy all throughout the world. However, the legal aspect of the War on Terror is something the world has never seen. For instance, prisoners captured by US forces on the battle fields may not be considered prisoners of war by the administration lawyers and therefore not protected under the Geneva Convention. Sometmes harsh interrogation techniques were performed, which some may argue is torture and strictly against the Geneva Convention.
Respond to the following prompt:
So, is torture an acceptable practice to gain information that would protect the national security of the United States and/or protect the lives of American soldiers on the battlefields? Why or why not?