An Ethics of Interrogation by Michael Skerker

By Michael Skerker

The act of interrogation, and debate over its use, pervade our tradition, no matter if via fictionalized depictions in videos and tv or discussions of real-life interrogations at the information. yet regardless of day-by-day mentions of the perform within the media, there's a loss of educated observation on its ethical implications. relocating past the slender specialize in torture that has characterised so much paintings at the topic, An Ethics of Interrogation is the 1st e-book to totally handle this complicated factor. In doing so Michael Skerker confronts a number of philosophical and felony concerns, from the fitting to privateness and the privilege opposed to forced self-incrimination to prisoner rights and the felony results of other modes of arrest, interrogation, and detention. those issues increase severe questions about the morality of conserving secrets and techniques and the diversities among kingdom energy at domestic and out of the country. considerate attention of those matters leads Skerker to precise coverage ideas for legislations enforcement, army, and intelligence professionals.

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One way lying can be shown to be immoral by Kant’s lights is that universal lying will contradict the goals of all liars since no one would believe anything that anyone said. 24 As Americans saw in the wake of 34 / Chapter Two Hurricane Katrina, very bad things can happen in the absence of police protection and other government services. As police powers of a given state are necessary for the continued existence and full, or nearly full, rights enjoyment of inhabitants of that state over time, it is practically self-contradictory for residents or prospective residents to dissent to those powers, so long as the state’s police powers are actually being used to protect the dissenter’s life and rights.

As we begin to get more specific regarding the scope of the coercive power implied by autonomy now, bear in mind the following fanciful thought experiment. Fed up with run-ins with the Vallejo police department, Livingston moves to presently lawless territory in western Afghanistan. Here he will experience real freedom, he thinks, with no government to push him around. He can do any drug he wants, own and shoot any kind of gun he wants, drive without a seatbelt, etc. Livingston realizes the land is rife with bandits, but he plans to hire some bodyguards and build a fortified compound.

As will be discussed below, one does not have a right to criminal secrets per se, and one wrongs others by withholding criminal information.

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