An Ethics of Interrogation

Paperback | May 15, 2012

byMichael Skerker

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The act of interrogation, and the debate over its use, pervades our culture, whether through fictionalized depictions in movies and television or discussions of real-life interrogations on the news. But despite daily mentions of the practice in the media, there is a lack of informed commentary on its moral implications. Moving beyond the narrow focus on torture that has characterized most work on the subject, An Ethics of Interrogation is the first book to fully address this complex issue.
In this important new examination of a controversial subject, Michael Skerker confronts a host of philosophical and legal issues, from the right to privacy and the privilege against compelled self-incrimination to prisoner rights and the legal consequences of different modes of interrogation for both domestic criminal and foreign terror suspects. These topics raise serious questions about the morality of keeping secrets as well as the rights of suspected terrorists and insurgents. Thoughtful consideration of these subjects leads Skerker to specific policy recommendations for law enforcement, military, and intelligence professionals.

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 The act of interrogation, and the debate over its use, pervades our culture, whether through fictionalized depictions in movies and television or discussions of real-life interrogations on the news. But despite daily mentions of the practice in the media, there is a lack of informed commentary on its moral implications. Moving beyond ...

Michael Skerker is assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the US Naval Academy.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:May 15, 2012Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226761622

ISBN - 13:9780226761626

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction


Part I: Interrogation in Domestic Law Enforcement

One / Autonomy, Rights, and Coercion

Two / The Liberal State and Police Powers

Three / Plotting, Suspicion, and the Rights to Privacy and Silence

Four / The Privilege against Compelled Self-Incrimination

Five / Police Interrogation

Part II: Interrogation in International Contexts

Six / Prisoners of War and Other Martial Detainees

Seven / Noncoercive Interrogation

Eight / Coercive Interrogation


Conclusion

Notes

Index