Identifying Torture: A conspicuous ambiguity

In any endeavor requiring the employment of language, ambiguity is an inescapable complication. That is not to say however, that all attempts at specificity ought to be abandoned. The need for special care in language increases with the gravity of the subject of consideration. Discourse concerning topics such as torture requires the utmost care, and … Read more

Critical Analysis: Distinguishing Obama’s Drone Program from Bush’s Interrogation Program

Hours before the “Torture Report” was release by the Senate, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush Michael Gerson wrote an op-ed where he called Senators Feinstein’s and Udall’s decisions to release the report reckless in what he referred to as “a massive dump of intelligence.” In making his argument, Mr. Gerson misconstrues principles of … Read more

Critical Analysis: Zero Dark Thirty – A Movie About Torture?

  “Those torture scenes were incredibly hard to watch . . . How do you feel about torture?  Do you think it is effective?  I think it is morally wrong at all times to torture no matter what.  But what if it saves innocent lives, and you know that they would torture you if they … Read more

Critial Analysis: CIA Use of Waterboarding More Widespread than Reported

On September 6, Human Rights Watch released a report alleging that the U.S. government, under the Bush Administration, covered up the extent to which it used waterboarding at secret CIA prisons since the September 11, 2001 attacks.  In particular, the report focuses on the CIA’s use of the tactic during the capture of Libyan opponents … Read more