Rights of Terrorists
A terrorist is considered in the United States as a criminal with an advanced sense of guilt and criminality due to the adversity of his/her actions that results in the damage of property, injuries, and death of victims. Consequently, the US treats this people as criminals devoid of some specific rights that would constitutionally protect them. The gravity of the terrorist’s actions and the subsequent aftermath are grounds enough to deny these people off all rights that would protect them from facing justice for their deeds. In the US, myriads of laws have been created to enhance the quality of investigations against these people, which critics have termed as infringement of their basic. For instance, their privacy rights and rights to fair prosecution are hindered under the FISA and USA PATRIOTS acts that empower law enforcement officials to discreetly perform surveillance, conduct searches and seizures using weak evidence given at the court hearings, and detain suspected terrorists without access to legal counsel.
These measures on the treatment of suspected terrorists are fair since these criminals operate outside the confines of law enforcement capabilities and are continually changing tactics to evade. Hence, tougher measures should be implemented to ensure this rot in humanity that causes a person kill or injure another based on personal ideological reasons, are severely punished and investigated. Based on this analogy, coupled with past knowledge on terrorism such as the 9/11 attack, I believe the rights of these criminals should be infringed to enhance investigations, as well as severely punish the guilty ones. From this exercise, I have learnt that I uphold high standards of morality that dictates that one should act and behave in a manner that enriches the lives of their fellow humanity, rather than destroy it.
United Nations. The universal declaration of human rights: article 12. UN.org. 2013. Web.