The Ethics of Interrogation: Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror

The Ethics of Interrogation: Professional Responsibility in an Age of Terror

by Paul Lauritzen

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ISBN-13: 9781589019720
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2013
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul Lauritzen is a professor of religious ethics and former director of the Program of Applied Ethics at John Carroll University in Cleveland. He is the author or editor of four books, including Medicine and the Ethics of Care (Georgetown, 2001) and has published extensively on issues in bioethics, human rights, and religious ethics. He is the past coeditor of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics and is currently an associate editor with the Journal of Religious Ethics.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I1. If You Can’t Oppose Torture, What Can You Oppose? Psychologists Confront Coercive Interrogations 2. What’s Wrong with Supporting National Security? Psychology and the Pursuit of National Security 3. Interrogating Justice: The Torture Memos and the Office of Legal Counsel 4. Ticking Bombs and Dirty Hands: Coercive Interrogation and the Rule of Law

Part II5. Treating Terrorists: The Conflicting Pull of Role Responsibility 6. Discipline and Punish: The Importance of Professional Accountability 7. Professional Responsibility and the Virtuous Professional 8. The Day They Enter Active Service: The Military Conscience 9. Lessons Learned: Dignity and the Rule of Law10. This We Do Not Do: The Future of Interrogation and the Ethics of Professional Responsibility

Bibliography

Index

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"Paul Lauritzen skillfully addresses one of the most difficult questions confronting liberal democracies: the limits of interrogation. Masterfully weaving distinct themes reflecting a sophisticated interdisciplinary approach, Lauritzen paints a broad mosaic with great detail and precision. This is an important book for academics, professionals, policy makers, and the general public."—Amos N. Guiora, SJ, Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

"This volume provides a superb and analytically precise analysis of the tensions between legitimate concerns for security in an age of terror and maintenance of core American and professional values. It assesses the role of military psychologists, lawyers, and line military personnel in maintaining professional standards in the face of strong pressures of perceived urgency and exigency. Required reading for anyone seeking moral clarity on these questions."—Martin L. Cook, Stockdale Professor of Professional Military Ethics, US Naval War College

"This book should be read by all citizens concerned about the effects of counterterrorism on the moral habits of the professions and democratic public life. With exquisite attention to nuance and detail, Lauritzen ranges across debates by psychologists, lawyers, medical providers, and military leaders about their professional and civic responsibilities in the age of terror. The Ethics of Interrogation is a brilliant model of interdisciplinary moral and political analysis."—Richard B. Miller, department of religious studies and director, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Indiana University

Richard B. Miller

This book should be read by all citizens concerned about the effects of counterterrorism on the moral habits of the professions and democratic public life. With exquisite attention to nuance and detail, Lauritzen ranges across debates by psychologists, lawyers, medical providers, and military leaders about their professional and civic responsibilities in the age of terror. The Ethics of Interrogation is a brilliant model of interdisciplinary moral and political analysis.

Amos N. Guiora

Paul Lauritzen skillfully addresses one of the most difficult questions confronting liberal democracies: the limits of interrogation. Masterfully weaving distinct themes reflecting a sophisticated interdisciplinary approach, Lauritzen paints a broad mosaic with great detail and precision. This is an important book for academics, professionals, policy makers, and the general public.

Martin L. Cook

This volume provides a superb and analytically precise analysis of the tensions between legitimate concerns for security in an age of terror and maintenance of core American and professional values. It assesses the role of military psychologists, lawyers, and line military personnel in maintaining professional standards in the face of strong pressures of perceived urgency and exigency. Required reading for anyone seeking moral clarity on these questions.

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