colonel morris davis- duke








By Laura Brody (Trinity Class of 2016)

“Liberty and justice for all.” This reoccurring phrase is fundamental to American ideology, but in what way does the equality it represents come to fruition? As are many of my fellow American citizens, I am appalled at the US government’s increasing acceptance of the use of torture as a means to obtain evidence and information from detainees and prisoners. The United States was once revered as a leader in human rights, but since this time that reputation has been called into question. According to Colonel Morris Davis, former chief prosecutor for the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, torture is weakening the United States’ relationship with many other nations. Many people responsible for this torture are escaping accountability by ensuring that the torture occurs outside of US borders and away from the public eye in places such as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Colonel Davis stepped down as chief prosecutor in 2007 when his policy of forbidding evidence obtained by torture faced heavy opposition from higher-ranked US officials. His resignation represented the idea that torture is unacceptable on both constitutional and humanitarian levels. It is imperative that we hold guilty officials accountable for torture they were responsible for in the past in order to ensure that illegal torture is not part of the United States’ future. Unlike many ethical issues, this issue is purely black and white. “We either torture or we don’t,” says Davis. We either extend liberty and justice to all, or we don’t.