US and International Outlooks on Torture Comparison Essay by Jay Writtings LLC

US and International Outlooks on Torture
A comparison of the US and International definitions and outlooks on torture.
# 117028 | 1,215 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2009 | US

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This paper defines torture and discusses the history of torture, particularly since the Geneva Conventions of 1949. The paper specifically focuses on the differences between the United Nations and the United States' definition and outlook on torture. Also discussed is the US policy change at the apex of the War on Terror and the impact of the Military Commissions Act.

From the Paper:

"For the greater part of the last century, the major difference between US and International stances on torture is the time period of which the mistreatment is extended. Punishments and definitions of types of torture generally remained the same. For the United States, however, the policy changed significantly at the apex of the War on Terror. The Military Commissions Act made a historic move in altering both the US Constitution as well as openly defying UN International law that forbids torture under any conditions."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "18 USC Sec." Cap Def Net. 5 Jan. 99. Capital Defense Network. 31 Oct. 2007 <>.
  • "CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE." Human Right Watch. 25 Jan. 1007. UN. 29 Oct. 2007 <>.
  • Gomez, Edward. "Blogs." SF Gate. 2006. 31 Oct. 2007 <>.
  • Hersh, Semour M. "Torture At Abu Ghraib." The New Yorker (2004). 29 Oct. 2007 <>.
  • "Our View on Prisoner Interrogation: Arrogance on Torture Policy Undermines U.S. Interests." USA Today (2007). 29 Oct. 2007 <>.

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