The Bybee Torture Memo Essay

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The Bybee Torture Memo On August 1, 2002, Justice Jay Bybee submitted the “Bybee Memo” or the ‘Torture Memo”, which describes the behavior that U.S. officials must exercise when interrogating outside of the continental U.S. as governed by the UN Convention Against Torture. Although this memo was rendered inoperable by the Bush Administration in 2004; for years, it gave license to American troops to inflict cruel amounts of pain, effectively “torture” upon their prisoners under the label of “coercive interrogation”. Michael Hatfield, a Professor at Texas Tech School of Law published…show more content…
These weaknesses, however, are minimal compared to the strengths of his argument. Hatfield contends that torture is so fundamentally wrong that it requires no written prohibition. At the core of morality, it is simply not acceptable. However, there are many international doctrines of peace-keeping which outright prohibit torture such as the Universal Declaration of Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Geneva Convention and so on (pg. 132). He feels that as a lawyer, he is demoralized when other lawyers seek to revisit the legality of torture. However, the United States has submitted a document, the Bybee Memo, which enacted a law contrary to these accepted credos of behavior and these proponents of human dignity. “...what is clearly torture by any moral standard is not torture under American legal standards” (pg. 132). So how is it that one of the world’s largest democracies, can proclaim that “coercive interrogation” is not “torture”? The Bybee Torture Memo was crafted by a team of lawyers with purposeful intent in response to a CIA query. Ultimately, someone (the President) wanted assurance, that contrary to world views, torture was in some form permissible. The memo
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