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the torture question


Discussion Questions
  • Student Handout: Excerpt from the Geneva Conventions
  • Student Handout: What is Torture?

  • Featured Lesson Plan
  • Getting Away with Torture?
  • Student Handout: The Facts and Issues of the Abu Ghraib Prison Scandal
  • Student Handout: Tracing the History of Interrogation Policy

  • Additional Lesson Ideas
  • What Would You Do?
  • Unlawful Combatants or Prisoners of War?
  • Responding to World Opinion

  • Additional Resources

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    » Additional Resources

    A Note about Internet Resources
    Students need to be aware that Web sites sometimes present only one view of an issue. Encourage them to think about Web sites even as they are reading. Guiding questions as they review Web sites are: What did you learn from this site? What didn't you learn from this site? Who sponsors this site? What bias might the sponsor have? How current is the site?

    » Web Sites

    "The Torture Question"
    The companion Web site to the FRONTLINE documentary provides extended interviews with direct participants in the story, analysis of significant issues, frequently asked questions, readings and links.

    U.S. Department of Defense Detainee Investigations
    Frequently updated database of special reports, briefing transcripts, news releases, and news articles on the detainee investigations produced by the U.S. Department of Defense.

    Global Security report on Abu Ghraib
    A comprehensive review of the Abu Ghraib prison facility and the story of prisoner abuse, this site has satellite images, a chronology of events, and summaries of the investigations.

    » Books and Articles

    Abu Ghraib: the Hidden Story
    This article by Mark Danner for the New York Times Book Review examines two Defense Department investigations: the Schlesinger Report and the Major General George Fay Report.

    Night Draws Near
    By Anthony Shadid
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author tells the story of the run-up to the war, the invasion, and its uncertain aftermath through Iraqi eyes.

    Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib
    By Seymour Hersh
    This book, developed from Hersh's investigation at Abu Ghraib and research for articles in The New Yorker magazine, contains specific details and analysis of events since the September 11 attacks and on the conduct of the war in Iraq.

    Double Standards on Abu Ghraib
    This article written for the American Enterprise Institute by Newt Gingrich makes the case that efforts by liberals or Arab media to generalize the acts of a few as typical of the efforts of the U.S. to bring democracy and freedom to the Middle East should be condemned.

    The Road to Abu Ghraib
    This comprehensive article, written by Phillip Carter for the Washington Monthly, provides a review of the events that led to the prisoner abuse at detention facilities. It covers the chronology of events as the scandal went public and examines the legal precedent established by the Defense Department memos and the unintended consequences of decisions that were made.

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