The United Convention Of 1949

1763 WordsOct 27, 20158 Pages
Following the devastating attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, the CIA has used questionable techniques to coax information out of prisoners in their quest to find answers. According to ABC News, the tactics that were being used were first authorized in September 2006. The debate as the ethical standing of these techniques are still going on today. These techniques, in large part, started being used because of the new type of war we were fighting. We were and are still fighting terrorists that fight in extremely unconventional and dangerous ways. So the Bush administration took the steps that they felt needed to be taken in order to prevent another type like September 11th and to hopefully help win the war. The Bush administration wanted to take steps in order to maneuver around the Geneva Convention of 1949. The Geneva Convention of 1949 was to expand on and replace the material of the same convention of 1929. The specific section of interest is on the treatment of prisoners of war. Article of 17 of the Convention states that, “No physical or mental torture, nor any other form of coercion, may be inflicted on prisoners of war to secure from them information of any kind whatever. Prisoners of war who refuse to answer may not be threatened, insulted, or exposed to any unpleasant or disadvantageous treatment of any kind” (International Committee of the Red Cross). Many of the tactics used in interrogations were seen as being in violation of that
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