Need an research paper on confronting terror: coercion. Needs to be 5 pages. Please no plagiarism.
Over the years, many human rights advocates and legal counsels have debated over the use of these controversial techniques and devised outlines and laws to terminate them from being put to use today.Many unaware individuals seem to think that getting a confession out of someone involves a few hours of tricky questions and holes laid out by the detectives for the suspect to fall into. While this may indeed work for petty criminals, it is largely ineffective when dealing with larger crimes such as terrorism or homicide.
The difference is important because in these ‘bigger’ crimes, so to speak, the suspects that the police deal with are good at evading and avoiding all responsibility and more often than not, very uncooperative. These confessions involve great psychological manipulation and are not always successful with the use of simple, ‘questioning’ methods. The use of deeper techniques comes into play when dealing with criminals of this sort, as do the moral and legal complications (Leo, pp. 79-85).The concerned authorities have never duly laid out the distinction between coercion and torture (which is widely condemned by courts worldwide).
No court of law has clearly established the limits on coercion, and the United Nations’ Convention against torture merely offered an inadequate definition of the word ‘torture’ with terms that were open to interpretation. Namely, “severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession” (Tucker, pp. 211-225). In many cases, courts of law have allowed mild to moderate coercion to be used in getting information out of suspects.
While not strictly ‘legal’, physical abuse was a somewhat acceptable method of getting information from a suspect or an unwilling witness. .