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Bystanders Responsibility

November 3, 2009 6 comments
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Vicious Animal’s Who’s Liable?

October 12, 2009 4 comments

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When it comes to animals attacking people who really is the person liable for the animal’s actions. This article describes how an animal’s actions have affected the owners of them, due to the recent numerous attacks. People are actually required to have a microchip implanted in their animal and have atleast $100,000 in liability insurance for there pet in some areas. The article describes how an ordinance would curtail owner’s from allowing their pet’s to injure other people. The ordinance in one county actually came about from a woman being killed by a pitbull roaming the streets. Due to the incidents certain breeds of dogs must not be leashed and muzzled at all times they are outside.

Although this may seem ridiculous to some people the ordinance seems quite logical to me. I dont think that every breed of dog should neccessarily be muzzled and kept on a leash at all time (seeing a yorkie in such a condition would be ridiculous), but certainly some should. Alot of people say that pitbulls get a bad rap, but i think the numbers speak for thereself in that some dogs just aren’t as friendly as others. I understand that some people use their dogs as a protection mechanism, however precations should still be taken to protect the general public from the dangers inherent. All in all i feel the protection offered by the ordinance is likely excessive but than again i can say this because i wasn’t the person attacked by a wondering animal.

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Police Rights or Student Rights?

September 4, 2009 4 comments
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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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