U.s. War On Terror Policies Essay

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U.S. War on Terror Policies: Security vs. Human Rights On September 10th, 2001, thousands of Americans went to sleep in their homes, unaware that it would be their last night alive. The next day, September 11th, over 3,000 Americans lost their lives as a result of the terroristic attacks led by the Islamic extremist group, al-Qaeda. The fact that United States security had been infiltrated came as a shock to the U.S. government and U.S. citizens. President George W. Bush and members of his administration decided it was time to reconsider government policies and organize a rally in national security efforts. This rally became known as the U.S. Global War on Terrorism. The policies utilized in this War on Terror manifested widespread controversy, due to the imprisonment of individuals who the U.S. government believed to be terrorists. Not only did this imprisonment spark arguments, but the alleged torture of these prisoners, such as the prisoners in detention camps Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo Bay, have caused some individuals to believe that the War on Terror has violated basic human rights. In turn, the United States government may have ruined its reputation through its desperate attempts to end terrorism. When a nation experiences an event such as 9/11, citizens tend to depend on their leader for consolidation and reassurance that it will be handled appropriately and diligently. Naturally, after the attacks on September 11th threatened national security, U.S. citizens looked…

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