Should National Security Hold Greater Importance Than Human Rights?

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Under what circumstances should national security hold greater importance than human rights? In order to mitigate the direct threat of terrorist acts, what policies should democratic nations enact? Both civil society and political leaders seek to answer these philosophical questions – especially during times of war – in an effort to reach moral clarity. Issues surrounding torture are controversial and extremely emotional, therefore most individuals may avoid taking a position. American-born film director, Alex Gibney, utilizes his skill in the visual arts as a tool to engage auditors. Gibney has never held reservations in expressing his stance on taboo issues; his previous films include Enron: The Smartest Guys In The Room (2005), No End In Sight (2007), and Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In the House of God (2012). In 2008 Gibney was recognized for his film, Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), winning the Academy Award for Best Documentary and Peabody Award. The indiscriminate attacks of terror initially endanger the welfare of the innocent, but democratic principles are at risk in the long-term. Despite its difficulty, creating a dialogue is a necessity to counter the goals of radical enemies. Even though Taxi to the Dark Side taints Americas exceptional image by exposing the realities in Bagram, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo Bay, this documentary contributes to the democratic political process by providing viewers an alternative source of information. Examples found in history clearly…

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