By Michael Skerker
The act of interrogation, and debate over its use, pervade our tradition, no matter if via fictionalized depictions in videos and tv or discussions of real-life interrogations at the information. yet regardless of day-by-day mentions of the perform within the media, there's a loss of proficient observation on its ethical implications. relocating past the slender specialise in torture that has characterised such a lot paintings at the topic, An Ethics of Interrogation is the 1st ebook to totally deal with this complicated factor. In doing so Michael Skerker confronts a bunch of philosophical and felony matters, from the fitting to privateness and the privilege opposed to pressured self-incrimination to prisoner rights and the criminal results of alternative modes of arrest, interrogation, and detention. those themes increase critical questions on the morality of holding secrets and techniques and the diversities among kingdom strength at domestic and out of the country. considerate attention of those topics leads Skerker to express coverage suggestions for legislations enforcement, army, and intelligence professionals.
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18 This entailment does not necessarily mean police per se, but a power of law enforcement. ”)19 On the view of autonomy I am employing, Livingston’s anarchist thesis that government coercion and autonomy are necessarily opposed is selfcontradictory. 20 The government’s power to coerce may not be necessary for a particular empirical community in a The Liberal State and Police Powers / 33 particular moment in time, because all the inhabitants are morally respon sible and actually do nothing to trespass on their neighbors’ rights.
Its nature need not be determined, because its existence is a mere function of the actual existence of something in all instances that, by its nature, could possibly not exist. 16 For example, insofar as autonomy entails the The Liberal State and Police Powers / 31 freedom to plan and lead one’s own life, autonomy entails the possibility of pursuing any number of morally permissible activities, such as going to grad school, marrying, bearing children, etc. This possibility does not necessarily entail that a person will decide to engage in any particular activity in a given empirical setting, but that instead, each would be a legitimate expression of her autonomy.
42 For a private citizen, acting as a Good Samaritan is a benevolent act—above and beyond the duty of justice—but a professional duty for police. The lawbreaker/rights violator’s choices and preferences relative to this moment—if in fact the apparent rights violator is a rights violator—are not moral items to which others must defer, because the violator is pressing his choices and preferences in an arena where he is not free to assert them. In the next chapter, I will discuss how police are to proceed when they suspect but do not know a person is engaged in criminal behavior.
An Ethics of Interrogation by Michael Skerker