The Unholy Trinity: Intelligence, Interrogation and Torture

21 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2005 Last revised: 6 Feb 2013

Erin M. Page

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Amos N. Guiora

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Date Written: July 1, 2005

Abstract

The paper argues that torture is legally and morally wrong and operationally not effective. In analyzing the Bybee memo, the paper argues that the atmosphere created by the Bush Administration contributed to the violations of human rights in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, Bagram and other detention centers. Furthermore the article identifies three different forms of torture: 1) interrogation based (what some refer to as the ticking bomb); 2) sadistic or evil (the events in Abu Ghraib, as an example); 3) functional (a new leader demonstrating that there is a new sheriff in town). The paper argues that while harsh interrogation are legal and may be used, torture is both illegal and immoral.

Keywords: Torture, Bybee Memo, National Security, Civil Rights, Interrogation, Intelligence Information

JEL Classification: K19, K33, K49

Suggested Citation

Page, Erin M. and Guiora, Amos N., The Unholy Trinity: Intelligence, Interrogation and Torture (July 1, 2005). Case Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-13; Case Western Research Journal Int'l Law, Vol. 37, p. 427, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=758444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.758444

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