After the terrorist attack of 9/11, the United States declared a war against terrorist. The President of the U.S. wanted to retaliate against Al-Queada organization, which was the responsible for the attack. In consequence, soldiers were sent to Iraq and Afghanistan to try to find them. People who they suspected were a danger to the nation were held under the custody of the U.S. army to be interrogated in order to find out if there were more terrorist attacks planned against the United States. Some of the suspects were sent to some of the tougher prisons to be interrogated, these prisons were Guantanamo Bay, and Abu Ghraib. George Bush’s administration abused of the justice system to commit many crimes against the human rights and the moral laws of God.
According to the documentary about Torture, the prisoners of Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib in Iraq were denied the right to a just trial. The soldiers, and the members of intelligence, were using unbearable techniques to try to get the truth out of the prisoners. One of those techniques was when the prisoner’s hands were put above their head, in a position that the Spanish Inquisition called strappado. This technique is very painful because slowly starts dislocating the shoulders. Water boarding, is another type of torture used by the military, which consist in slowly drowning a person by holding his head and pouring water over it, until the interrogator is ready to start asking questions. It is difficult to believe, that all this evil was directed by one person, and that justice justify this evil because it was for the safety of our own country.
According to John Stuart Mills, “It is mostly considered unjust to deprive any one of his personal liberty…or any other thing that belong to him by law” (554). Mills theory defends a person’s rights to freedom the right that was denied to many prisoners held in the prison of Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib, these individuals were deprived of all their rights, even of having a just trial with the help of an attorney.
The U.S. government supports their awful treatment with regulations passed by a group of lawyers who called themselves the war counselors. These group of counselors redacted different documents to cover the criminal’s actions of the presidents, vice president, and Secretary of Defense. One of the attorneys of the war counselors was John Yoo, who was considered one of the wiser attorneys of the group of five lawyers; he was the person who used to sign most of those documents. One of the documents signed by John Yoo states that the congress could not out rule the president’s decisions against its war on terrorism, also that they were protected against the regulations of the Genève Convention article three against cruel treatment, and against the human rights. They abused of the power that justice had given them, in order to protect themselves against the congress and the International laws.
There were some cases of torture that were...