In this article published by The White House, they include a statement from President Bush. It goes to voice how President Bush interpreted the "cruel and unusual punishment clause". He talks about protecting the rights of the people under the constitution and the consequences of cruel and unusual punishment. Bush enforces and supports this clause. He explains how the freedom from torture in an inalienable human right. He explains how the United States will do everything in its power to eliminate torture from the world. Torture is a widespread problem and Bush believes that people should not have to live in fear of their government and all they power they posses.
In this article written by Ari Melber, Frank Thorp V and Marianna Sotomayor expose and explain the unconstitutional punishment Trump would like to establish and enforce for people who burn the American flag. They include the decision and opinions of other government officials and the Supreme Court. Trump has gone to the extent of suggesting to strip people of their citizenship for allegedly burning the American flag. His push to establish this illegal punishment is challenging the press and freedom of speech. Is it unconstitutional for people to be jailed because they burned a flag, it is said to be a political expression that is protected by the 1st amendment. They effectively argue their point by including various opinions on was Trump has proposed to do. They include various disagreeing views and the decisions of the Supreme Court and other governmental branches. His barbaric propositions are leading to people to turn against him and bringing them to the realization that he is proposing a punishment more primitive than torture.
In this article written by Matt Taibbi he describes the corrupt system in which we are currently living in. Matt Taibbi finds this system corrupt and unfair. How people that are now in jail are there because of a minor crime, criminals being imprisoned over a crime such as stealing plain white socks. They are charged drastic fines which they must work to pay off in prison, getting paid $20 a day from which the state takes $11. "Three Strikes Law", a law that enforces the imprisonment of serious felons on their third felony, was voted in act after the 1993 case in California. Taibbi effectively argues his point by including the story of Curtis Wilkerson who was imprisoned for stealing a pair of socks worth only $2.50 and sentenced to 25 to life. He argues that Wilkerson is not the only one affected by this law, many others that are now serving life sentences are in there for minor crimes such as the one that Wilkerson committed.
In this article written by Jonathan Landay and Mark Hosenball they explains the controversy that comes with Trump’s attempt to reopen black sites overseas. As he has stated before Trump believes that torture does work, and even if it does not criminals still deserve that treatment. Landay and Hosenball state how the people that were detained in oversea black sites were from Bush’s “war on terrorism” which were closed by predecessor Barack Obama. It is said that the Trump Administration may be able to re-interpret the “torture memos” that were drafted under the Bush Administration. Trump will be opposed throughout his whole attempt to reopen and bring back torture techniques by various human rights groups. They explain how it would be difficult for the Trump Administration to reopen overseas black sites. The re-institution of torture would enflame tensions in Muslim countries impeding the ability of opening black sites in other countries. The authors effectively argue their point by including various obstacles that Trump would have to face in order to follow through with the executive order that he wants to sign. They include other people in his administration that will also be put in tight spots and the overall question of, “Will other countries fall into the U.S loop?”
In this article written by Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee, he argues against Trump’s recent claim that torture is useful and beneficial. Begg believes that torture is inhumane and has devastating effects, it does not allow a person to stand their ground rather pushes them to give up and give in. He argues that torture does not work, and that that is the only reason why he signed as member of Al Qaida. Begg was hog-tied, and exposed to sleep deprivation, stress positions, beatings and loud noises. He states that if Trump still supports more enforcement in Guantanamo Bay and reinstitution of waterboarding and other torture techniques that the world will have to come together in order to stop him. Even having experienced torture first-hand the thing that bothers Begg more is seeing the same punishment being repeated on other human beings. He claims that torture does not save lives rather creates monsters. He effectively argues his point by including the stories of other detainees from Guantanamo bay.