Obama's Policy on torture Term Paper

Obama's Policy on torture
A comparative analysis of the Obama administration's policies on torture and related issues with those of the Bush administration.
# 147777 | 927 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2011 | FR
Published on Jun 30, 2011 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism)

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This paper discusses how on January 22, 2009, two days after his inauguration, President Obama overruled the advice of his new administration and signed a series of executive orders that repudiated abuses carried out under the Bush administration. It also looks at how what seemed to be at first sight a bold new policy on torture, civil liberties, state secrets and expanded powers of the executive branch, reversing the Bush administration's counter-terrorism policies, was not followed by executive application and soon appeared to be only theoretical and ephemeral. The Obama administration's national security policies differ in substance from those of the Bush administration's second term mostly at the margins.

From the Paper:

"First of all, like the Bush administration, Obama has chosen to preserve a half-legal system for trying suspected terrorists that will utilize civilian courts for indubitable cases and revised military commissions for those in which the evidence is less than certain. For example, the Obama administration just acquiesced to Republican demands that Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and four other 9/11 suspects be tried before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay instead of a civilian court, while even the Bush administration had tried terrorists like Zacarias Moussaoui and Richard Reid in federal court and then imprisoned them on American soil. The problem is that the military commission system is biased because it has a lower evidence standard and allows anonymous third-party testimony, and it is inhumane because abuse - in other words, torture- during detention or interrogations don't disqualify testimony. . . "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • - Guantanamo Executive Order, January 2009
  • - Guantanamo Executive Order, January 2011
  • - ACLU Report on Obama and Torture, 2011

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