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    Ethical Analysis: Use of Torture in War Against Terrorism

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    Your primary objective is to analyze and interpret an ethics' case study and apply critical thinking to best interpret main case issues, and their resolution in light of the facts provided. Please, follow the next instructions: 1. Quickly read the case. Get a feel for the content and the information that needs to be analyzed. Focus on the first few and last few paragraphs which often provide strong insights into the problem(s) and issue(s). 2. Read the case very carefully. Try to put yourself in the shoes of the person(s) involved and develop a sense of involvement in the issue(s). 3. Note the key problem areas. 4. Note all relevant facts for each problem area. 5. Logically derive a set of conclusions/responses to the questions that focus on the key issue(s). 5. Write a minimum 5 pages double spaces case study critical analysis' essay.

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    Ethics Case Analysis

    The Case
    The case study pertains to a particular scenario that could be considered a case of domestic terrorism. In this scenario a Media Institution via a News Publishing Co., the Seattle Times received what they consider, and ultimately via the judgement of other law enforcement personnel, a credible announcement: a terrorist announced that he has planted a small nuclear device in an unspecified downtown location in Seattle rigged and powerful enough to level 10 square blocks with additional destruction and effective consequences several miles out. With small bombings in the recent past around the Seattle Area still affecting local populace with law enforcement on alert for more, considering the fact that the patterns followed by the caller (for instance, the caller did not issue any demands) fits that of the recent unsolved bombings going progressively larger, the Seattle Times notification of law enforcement (the Police, the King County Sheriff's office, the FBI, the CIA, and FEMA) was apt as their concerted efforts produced a suspect - who by all convincing evidence appears to be the bomber.

    The bomb, however, was unaccounted for despite the 90 minutes spent questioning him and time is running out. With the ultimate end the destruction of downtown Seattle, law enforcement is now in a position, due to the credibility of the threat and the evidence pointing to the suspect as being the bomber, of having to decide to use extreme methods (i.e. torture) to extract the right information from him to save the lives of many.

    Key Convincing facts:

    Bomb Threat

    1. A series of explosions have recently racked the city, inciting panic and terror.
    2. The pattern of phone calls - then explosion had been established as ...

    Solution Summary

    The solution is an analysis of an ethics and morality case pertaining to the use of torture and other possible techniques in extracting information from a terrorism suspect, the very same suspect who issued the bomb threat. The scenario is classic: the suspect refuses to cooperate and divulge the location of the bomb and time is running out. Is it ethical for law enforcement to employ tactics that themselves are considered unethical and even criminal on the suspect to extract the information in order to save the lives of many? Varied considerations are provided in the APA format analytical essay based on the facts provided regarding the scenario and the legal considerations regarding terrorism in the US especially after 9-11. The solution will be of interest to law enforcement students as well. Word version attached for easy printing.