Hum Rights Rev https://doi.org/10.1007/s12142-018-0511-9 On Obama and Ill-Treatment: Interdisciplinary Policy Against Torture’s Return Steven J. Barela Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract By executive order—later passed into law—President Obama closed legal loopholes used to justify torture by his predecessor. Less often discussed, his administration also instituted scientific research into the most effective interrogation techniques. This dual-track approach already demands the use of two different methods to properly discuss the policy, and in this article, a third is put forward for a fuller interdisciplinary view. That is to say, although there are notable shortcomings, scientific and legal developments will be explored to illuminate how he also clarified a moral stance for the nation. Put all together, this article will show that Obama indeed achieved laudable steps towards preventing the reintroduction of torture. . . . . . Keywords Torture Ill-treatment Interdisciplinary Efficacy Legality Morality Introduction President Barack Obama inherited a major policy challenge on torture. After extensive investigation, it had become near common knowledge that a program of ill-treatment had been initiated by his predecessor (U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services 2008; Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Inspector General 2008; International Committee of the Red Cross
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Published: Jun 1, 2018
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