The Geneva Conventions forbid not only torture, but also “cruel treatment” and “humiliating and degrading treatment” for prisoners of war. Mora agrees, holding that there should be no difference between the way we treat U.S. citizens and noncitizens, since our nation’s values uphold the dignity of the individual. Do you agree? If not, how do we draw the line between cruel or punishing treatment and torture, as some in the government have tried to do? How would you make distinctions about treatment of citizens versus non-citizens? Who should be responsible for making these decisions?
I agree Mora’s point that U.S. government should treat both citizens and non-citizens equally. After 9/11, U.S. declared war against Afghanistan and then Iraq. Even though most of the world supported the war as a response to the terrorist attacks, many countries overseas feared that U.S. was using this chance to claim the right to act as a world policeman in violation of international law. If U.S. continues to do so, it will rise tension among many other developed countries because they will worry what if U.S. cross the line and intervene in their own political fairs. The prisoner abuse in Guantanamo bay reveals the fact that U.S. has been acting as the world policeman who can penalize detainees and “enemy combatants” without going through legal process; and U.S. has violated the international law for humanitarian treatment in war that was established in Geneva Convention. I don’t support the point that states U.S. has the right to punish enemy combatants just because they have engaged in armed conflicts against U.S.. For enemy combatants who are U.S. citizens, in Hamdi v. Rumsfeld case, the supreme court guaranteed their constitutional rights, especially their rights of due process and rights to contest in court. I believe that everyone should have right to contest in court before they get punished, therefore, I agree supreme court decision on that enemy combatants who are non U.S. citizens have basic constitutional rights; thus they should not be tortured in any form in the detention camp. Furthermore, I believe the humanitarian treatment for detainees will build U.S. a better reputation on world stage, and gain the moral ground in war.