Hls 410 Essay

2780 Words Jan 7th, 2013 12 Pages
Running head: HOMELAND SECURITY 410 - FINAL PROJECT

TOPIC

Provide a synopsis of the article written by Professor Alan Dershowitz. Then identify and describe the critical issues addressed in the article. In your paper, thoroughly discuss and evaluate the following concepts: the ticking time bomb hypothesis; Dershowitz's comments regarding Jeremy Bentham as well as his comments about Voltaire's views; and the three ways to deal with the use of torture in the ticking time bomb situation, as stated by the Israeli government-appointed commission of the late 1980s. As part of the discussion about the commission's conclusions, include Dershowitz's "fourth road."

Abstract

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack
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J. Simpson. In addition to his numerous law review articles and books about criminal and constitutional law, he has written, taught and lectured about history, philosophy, psychology, literature, mathematics, theology, music, sports – and even delicatessens. [1] In the article Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured? from his book titled Why Terrorism Works: Understanding the Threat, Responding to the Challenge, Alan M. Dershowitz presents measures that aim to prevent terrorism and still uphold US legal, moral and humanitarian values in his article. According to Dershowitz, the greatest danger facing the world today comes from religiously inspired, state sponsored terrorist groups that seek to develop weapons of mass destruction for use against civilian targets.[2] The ubiquitous and prolific Dershowitz brings very unique perspectives to the table in this article and weighs in particularly on civil liberties and international justice in a time of terror. He argues passionately and persuasively that global terrorism is a phenomenon largely of our own making and that we can and must take steps to reduce the frequency and severity of terrorist acts. Dershowitz has a great deal to say and teach about the balance we are now struggling to achieve between domestic security and civil liberty. There are critical issues addressed in his article Should the Ticking Bomb Terrorist Be Tortured? America is known for

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