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» What Would You Do?
Students look at a hypothetical scenario where a major U.S. city has suffered an attack by a suspected terrorist organization.
Working in small committees, students will recommend guidelines for the questioning of this suspect, who so far has provided little information and is reluctant to talk. Students should describe the techniques and the justification (legal and strategic) for their recommendations.
» Unlawful Combatants or Prisoners of War?
One of the major lynchpins of the war on terror has been the meaning and use of the terms "unlawful combatants" or "enemy combatants." The establishment of this category of prisoner, defined and supported in the Administration's legal memos, has allowed the President to treat detainees in the war on terror differently than traditional prisoners of war. However, this determination has also caused confusion among members of the military, Congress, the public, and the international community, as questions are raised about the treatment of these prisoners and U.S. international treaty obligations. Students can investigate some of the fundamental questions surrounding this controversy by examining the following:
Students can construct a presentation, report, debate or editorial examining the following question: Does the Constitution authorize the president as commander-in-chief to override international treaties, such as the Geneva Conventions, that the U.S. has signed?
» Responding to World Opinion
Students can review world reaction to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal at World Press Review. They can write a letter in response to the editor of the publication or the country's ambassador. The letter should acknowledge the article and its commentary and then provide an explanation from the student's perspective of what happened and why.