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A 3 page book review that offers a brief summary of what Joseph Margulies argues in his text Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power (2006) on the use of torture. Based on this information, the writer argues that the US has abandoned the principles of justice on which it was founded. No additional sources cited.

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certainly true. In his text, Guantanamo and the Abuse of Presidential Power, Joseph Margulies, an attorney with the MacArthur Justice Center and a law professors at Northwestern University Law School in Chicago, documents this difference and how the policies of the Bush Administration violate the basic principles on which the United States was founded. Bush Administration policy holds that individuals can be rightfully seized anywhere in the world, "even thousands of miles from any battlefield"--without informing other governments and without judicial process, that they can be "kidnapped if necessary"-- and shipped to an offshore prison that is not technically within the jurisdiction of the laws of the United States (i.e., the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba) and held indefinitely, for the "rest of their lives" if necessary, based "solely on the presidents self-asserted authority" (Margulies, 2006, p. 3). It has been known since the Middle Ages and the Spanish inquisition that people, when tortured, will eventually confess and also implicate others. By the definition of torture held by many people in the world, the prisoners held at Guantanamo are tortured. The documented interrogation techniques used to get Mohammed al Qahtani to confess to being involved with the terrorist events of 9/11, a confession that he later recanted, al Qahtani was held in intense isolation for months on end, to the point where he began to hallucinate; strip searched and made to stand nude in the presence of a woman; forced to wear a womans bra during interrogation; forced to dance with a male interrogator; sleep deprived by playing loud music in his cell; forced to urinate on himself during interrogation (Margulies, 2006). The Pentagon feels that al Qahtani was "supposed to have been the fifth hijacker aboard the plane downed in Pennsylvania" on 9/11, but to date, ...

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