Torture

Torture

THIS IS A POLICY PAPER. MUST STRICTLY FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES. SUBJECT: Targeted Killings 35% of the paper: Background (including Statement of the Issue/Problem) 35% of the paper: Pre-Existing Policies 20% of the paper: Policy Options (including Pros & Cons) 10% of the paper: Technicalities (including executive summary, bibliography, writing style, etc) Subject Matter: Torture and the Ticking Bomb U.S. security forces have arrested a high-level operative of a global terrorist organization plotting an attack on a highly populated target in Los Angeles. Intelligence reports, based on several reliable sources, confirmed that the organization has acquired the materials for a bomb that could kill dozens of civilians. Security forces have found evidence indicating that the attack is planned for the following evening – just 24 hours away – and that the bomb has already been deployed, set on a timer to explode. Security forces have proofs that the suspected terrorist currently in police custody provided training for the organization’s primary operatives and may know the location being targeted. However, he refuses to reveal the location during standard interrogation, leaving police and counter-terrorism agents helpless to thwart the attack. Security forces appeal for an executive permission to use “moderate physical pressure” in order to coerce the suspected terrorist in custody into disclosing the critical information. As part of a special task force assigned by the department of homeland security, you must make recommendations regarding whether or not torture should be used and to what degree, taking into consideration the ethical, legal, and security issues at stake.