Terrorist Interrogation Essay
The Bush administration has proposed exempting employees of the Central Intelligence Agency from a legislative measure endorsed by 90 members of the Senate that would bar cruel and degrading treatment of any prisoners in U.S. custody. The Bush administration believes that interrogators are acting lawfully, gaining useful information to help win the war against al Qaeda and will continue to press detainees for leads.
The controversial interrogation technique known as water boarding, in which a suspect has water poured over his mouth and nose to stimulate a drowning reflex, has been banned by CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden. Human rights groups and a number of leading U.S. officials have branded the practice …show more content…
The American Civil Liberties Union along with some other interest groups have created a list of ten steps that they feel our Congress can follow to restore the moral authority of the United States. They are as followed:
(1) Restore Habeas Corpus
The writ of habeas corpus ensures that all persons can challenge the legality of their detention before an independent court. Restoring habeas corpus would ensure judicial review of detentions and provide an important independent check on executive power.
(2) Stop Renditions to Torture
Congress should pass legislation to protect detainees in US custody from being transferred to abuse.
(3) Abolish Secret Prisons
Congress should pass legislation to ensure that the secret detention centers are shut down permanently. Congress should also demand an accounting of the whereabouts of all those formerly held in secret locations.
(4) Hold Abusers Accountable
Congress should demand that the Pentagon and Department of Justice vigorously prosecute those responsible for engaging in, authorizing or condoning detainee mistreatment, including those up the chain of command. This would deter future abuse and demonstrate to the world the US’s condemnation of such ill-treatment.