TITLE

Getting Away with Torture

AUTHOR(S)
Roth, Kenneth
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Global Governance;Jul-Sep2005, Vol. 11 Issue 3, p389
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Essay
ABSTRACT
The Bush administration's use of torture and inhumane treatment has undermined one of the most basic global standards governing how governments can treat people under their control. Contrary to the efforts of the administration to pass this abuse off as the spontaneous misconduct of a few low-level soldiers, ample evidence demonstrates that it reflects policy decisions taken at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Repairing the damage done to global standards will require acknowledging this policy role and launching a genuinely independent investigation to identify those responsible and hold them accountable. The creation of regulated exceptions to the absolute prohibition of torture and mistreatment, as suggested by several academics, will not redeem the tarnished reputation of the United States or restore the global standards that the Bush administration has so severely damaged.
ACCESSION #
18009288

 

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