The Torture Question

 

 

 Is it okay to torture prisoners, detainees, or unlawful enemy combatants if it could possibly result in information that keeps the U.S. safe?  

  

        
 
  • Begin by visiting the site of the documentary we viewed this week to find information that will help support your opinion...
 
 
  • Also, check out some of the protections that the Fourth Geneva Convention provided for innocent civilians and prisoners of war.  Please note that unlawful enemy combatants are not provided for...that's your job.

Intro: After learning some high profile terms related to torture and viewing the PBS Frontline episode titled “The Torture Question,” do you believe the U.S. should use torture to obtain information that may prevent future terrorist attacks?
 
Keep in mind:
 
  1. Why does the U.S. government classify the terrorists as unlawful enemy combatants instead of prisoners of war?

  2. Why was it significant that the U.S. government rewrote the definition of torture without the help of any other government in the world?

 
Task: Convince me that we should torture or that we should not torture terror suspects in order to obtain information that may help keep our nation safe.
   
Create a PowerPoint presentation with 4 slides following the instructions for each slide below

 
 
Slide # 1: Is torture, when used on known or suspected terrorists, okay for the U.S. to do?
Explain your position in a paragraph of at least 6 sentences and provide at least 2 supporting ideas to back your opinion.

 
 
Slide # 2: Should countries be able to classify prisoners as unlawful enemy combatants?
Explain your position in a paragraph of at least 6 sentences and provide at least 2 supporting ideas to back your opinion.

   

Slide # 3: Act as the Fifth Geneva Convention and create 5 rights for Unlawful Enemy Combatants.

Explain why each right is necessary. You must create realistic rights that are universal for all people regardless of their location in the world.

 
 
Slide # 4: Minimum of 5 sources. Provide complete web addresses.

 ►► You must also include at least 3 images in your presentation.
 
 
 
Scoring Guide
 
      /20         Slide 1      paragraph and 2 supporting ideas

      /20         Slide 2      paragraph and 2 supporting ideas

      /20         Slide 3      5 rights and explanations of importance

      /20         Slide 4      minimum of 5 sources                                      

      /10         Images      minimum of 3 images                                        

      /10         In Text Citations                                                    

 

Total         /100    

 
 
 
 
 
 

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teacher sadler,
May 20, 2009, 6:36 AM
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