National Insecurity and Human Rights: Democracies Debate by Alison Brysk

By Alison Brysk

Human rights is all too frequently the 1st casualty of nationwide lack of confidence. How can democracies deal with the specter of terror whereas preserving human rights? This well timed quantity compares the teachings of the USA and Israel with the "best-case situations" of the uk, Canada, Spain, and Germany. It demonstrates that threatened democracies have very important concepts, and democratic governance, the rule of thumb of legislations, and overseas cooperation are an important foundations for counterterror policy.Contributors: Howard Adelman, Colm Campbell, Pilar Domingo, Richard Falk, David Forsythe, Wolfgang S. Heinz, Pedro Ibarra, Todd Landman, Salvador Mart?, Daniel Wehrenfennig

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In this sense, consideration needs to be directed not only at the erosion of the rule of law that has followed from 9/11, but the degree to which the politics of fear creates the potential for much deeper inroads arising from either a polarization of opinion in American society or the belief by the leadership that the relative openness of a democratic society aggravates the security threat. A foretaste of this dark set of possibilities emerged in the course of the intense 2006 debate on immigration policy, with its call for more tightly guarded borders, even including the construction of 700 miles of security fences along the Mexican border and reports of government contracts to build large domestic detention centers that would be available in times of crisis.

Courts into the fray. The United States / 41 Certainly during 2002–4 at Guantanamo a number of prisoners were abused. S. S. 17 Some prisoners were sexually and religiously taunted and humiliated. They were restrained in painful positions. They were subjected to extremes of heat and cold. They were subjected to loud music or other noises, as well as to flashing lights. They were kept in isolation for long periods. They were force-fed liquids, then made to urinate on themselves. They were also made to defecate on themselves.

Confronting charges of brutal forced feeding, the detaining authority maintained that restraint systems and techniques were humane. S. invading forces found themselves with large numbers of detainees and also a persistent and violent insurgency against their presence. 21 In that situation General Miller was transferred from Guantanamo to Iraq in August to systematize and improve the quest for intelligence. S. S. 22 Certain prisoners were hidden from the visits of the ICRC and kept in darkened isolation in an effort to break them into giving more information.

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