There are many rights that human beings have no matter what country they live in. Even if a person has committed a crime, that man or woman is entitled to legal defense, and also to not be subjected to certain interrogation methods if they happen to be holding valuable information. When someone is under arrest, the law enforcement is entitled to use certain tactics to get that information, but there are some lines that should never be crossed, and no one should be tortured no matter what information they are holding. Right now there is a Federal judge named Jay Bybee, and there are many people that want to see him stop being a judge because he permitted the use of torture, which is a violation of not only laws, but basic human rights as well.
What is the definition of torture? Most people would say that torture is anything that can be used to inflict pain on someone else in order to get them to reveal a secret or any information they may be keeping. There are many different kinds of torture including the kind that can inflict physical pain, and the kind of torture that can damage someone on a more psychological level. Though the definitions of torture may vary, the meaning is the same, which is pain being inflicted on people for the sake of getting information from them. However, according to Judge Jay Bybee, the definition of torture is very specific, and he put those specifics in a series of memos that became known as the torture memos. Who is Judge Jay Bybee and how is it that he is still a judge after the torture memos that he was responsible for went public?
Judge Jay Bybee is a Federal judge that is serving the 9th United States Circuit Court of Appeals that is located in San Francisco, California. When George W. Bush was President of the United States, Bybee served as assistant attorney general of the Justice Department. It was during his tenure with the Justice Department that Bybee sent the torture memos. As a direct result of Bybee’s torture memos, people who were held in Abu Ghraib prison and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were subjected to torture that was a direct violation of the Geneva Convention and other doctrine that states that people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Many people have asked just how is it possible that Bybee, a man who taught hundreds of students about the laws of the United States, could have such an incorrect opinion on what is considered torture? The answers as to why Bybee had such a distinct opinion on what constitutes torture may never be known, but the fact is that he should have to answer for what he has done because he was appointed a judge before any of the memos from 2002 were available to the public. However, now that the truth about Bybee and his torture memos is known, he should step down as judge of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals because if the Senate had known about those memos then he would have never gotten the job as judge in the first place.
Every citizen of the world deserves to have certain rights no matter what country they call home. When someone is arrested, and held by law enforcement, they may hold vital information to other crimes, but the methods that the law enforcement officers use to get that information should not go beyond a certain point. Torture should not be condoned no matter what purpose it serves, and any judge that authorizes the use of such methods should not be allowed to continue their job overseeing cases and judging others.
23 Dec 2013