Keeping America Safe and Safeguarding American Values
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- human rights; national security; American values; torture; Abu Ghraib; Guantanamo Bay Naval Base; terrorism; Human Rights Law; Peace and Conflict Studies; Terrorism Studies
Since the beginning of the human rights movement in the mid-twentieth century, advocates of human rights and national security experts have often been at odds with one another. The former support the inviobility of human rights, while the latter stress the necessity of national security protection. In times of war, including the ongoing war on terrorism, a fundamental human right that often draws attention is the right to be free from torture. The Abu Ghraib abuse scandal and questions regarding detainee treatment at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base have underlined the significance of this human right.