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November 3, 2009 6 comments

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The article is about the very recent rape that took place in California and his been all over the news. A young girl was raped while countless onlookers did nothing. Some of the bystanders were adolescents, but sadly there were quite a few adults in the crowd as well. The author seems to believe that the outcome was plausible given the way students are being taught today. I completely disagree with this belief however.

The moral issue here is obviously inside the fact that their were bystanders that sat back and did nothing while a 2 hour rape of a young girl ensued. Did the onlookers have a moral responsibility to act on the injured girl’s behalf, absolutely without a doubt. Even if the onlookers chose not to interfere directly with the culprits, they had a fundamental obligation to inform the police or authorities of the incident. Given that the rape lasted more than 2 hours long, one involved in watching the occurrence should be charged almost as heavily as the rapists.

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August 25, 2009 Leave a comment

This article talks of the atrocities performed by the CIA in order to gain information of believed to be Al Queda members. Even with all the previous american laws that have been passed the agents used torture methods that were by common knowledge illegal. The article even goes over how previous presidents denounced torture after it was used on our own soldiers in the Phillipine-American War.

It’s not really hard for me to believe that CIA agents would do such a thing really. It is hard for me to judge them morally on this matter though. After the attacks of 9/11/01 i understand how americans have allowed there emotions get the best of them and make bad judgement calls (Invasion of Iraq-weapons of mass destruction). However, im not sure if this qualifies as an excuse for such boorish behavior. I know for fact i would not want to be on a jury deciding the fate of the agents if this case is to ever go to trial. I certaintly think that it will be hard to find a jury that would convict the members though.

The types of torture methods described in the news article in my opinion go from reasonable to unprofessional. In my opinion the agents had every means without causing physical harm to obtain the information they needed. The waterboarding incidents are the main part i don’t agree with. Are the agents solely responsible for their actions or should they be excused given the state of mind and pressure they were likely under? This isn’t a question i have an answer to unfourtunately.

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