My topic in the broad sense is torture and the ethical battle that comes along when discussing that. When narrowed down, I want to discuss the torturing of alleged terrorist under the Bush administration and other questionable interrogation tactics. For this topic I will use the support of ethics and U.S. documents such as the constitution and the Bill of Rights. I have many sources with arguments for and against torture and also sources specifically about the Bush administration. My interest in this subject stems from my major being Political Science with a concentration on public administration. My topic is currently popular in political news which is another reason I picked it, I wanted to stay current and focus on something with a lot of media attention so my audience will have a general idea about my topic if they watch or pay attention to current events. My stance is against torture and I support the investigation of the Bush administration and will show this support in my paper. Through my sources I want to tell the history of torture in the United States and throughout the world. I will also discuss the ethical arguments from philosophers old and modern.
In the realm of politics opinions and views on this subject fall on the political spectrum. Stances on torture sometimes are affected by where a person stands politically, for example if they are conservative or liberal. My research is important because it is a current dilemma facing
the Obama administration. The subject of torture is being brought to the American public and citizens’ opinions are forming everywhere. To show these opinions I am conducting my own survey to go along with my paper. The survey will be a question or questions about torture, to get the thoughts of people, people chosen for my survey will be my own family and friends plus random selections from my fellow students around campus.
Possible sources for my paper include books, newspaper articles and...