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In 2002, the Bush Administration declared that the detainees of the War on Terror were not eligible for rights under the Geneva Conventions. Do you agree with the Bush Administration's decision? How might you have handled it differently?
I absolutely disagree with this decision. I think it was nothing more than a justification to be cruel. These were detainees - they had not even been convicted of the crime! However, even if they had - torture isn't acceptable.

We had a president telling us we're trying to spread democracy - how can we do that when we employ torture tactics? How can we, as a nation, back this idea when we cling so steadfastly to the principles in our constitution? If we go into a country, we should, at minium, extend rights given to our own citizens to the citizens of that nation.

Amendment 8 - Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.


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