Term Paper: Extraordinary Measures the Differences

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Extraordinary Measures

The differences between the military forces of this country and the law enforcement forces of this country are significant, despite the growing trend to synthesize and merge the operational potential of each agency. The military is an international force that has the capability to deploy anywhere on the planet to implement and enforce their will, while the police are much less mobile and are more or less restricted to domestic issues. In some cases, the FBI can span both of these territories leading to many confusing and perplexing situations where the rule of law is held in question and honorable leadership is necessary.

The purpose of this essay is to distinguish and analyze the consequences of extraordinary measures, to include internment, deportation, restriction on movement, or interrogations operations involving either law enforcement agencies and the military. This essay will compare and contrast their effectiveness within the realm of each entities sphere of influence. To help elaborate and explain this position, this essay will also include real-world examples of these measures and apply a reasonable explanation.

Internment

Internment, in its simplest understanding means to be confined or locked in a certain set of boundaries or walls. The word's connotation suggests however, that one is interned against their own free will, and at its essence it is an act of coercion and force. In the context of this essay, internment takes on the greater meaning of locking people away without a fair or judicious trial, essentially ignoring human rights, natural law and common decency.

Interment is indeed an extraordinary measure, whose implementation must be weighed heavily as is its repercussions are large and numerous. In the 20th century both sides of the warring factions participating in WWII used military internment as a strategic tactic to help gain a military advantage. In the United States, hundreds of thousands of Americans, who may have descended from Japan, were interned into slave prison camps throughout the U.S. Many were killed, raped and humiliated as these domestic concentration camps were deemed necessary by the context of even more brutal war. To earn a place in these camps, these people were unlawfully asked questions regarding their loyalty to the U.S. government. "Of the 10 internment camps in which about 120,000 Japanese-Americans were confined during the war, it was Tule Lake that held those branded "disloyal," the ones who answered "no" to two critical questions in a loyalty test administered by the federal government, " (Onishi, 2012).

Much like the U.S., the Nazis in Germany at this same time were following the lead of the allies by rounding up enemies of their state and most likely executing them. Since war itself is an extraordinary measure, internment appears to be less of a crime against humanity than other forms of restriction, such as torture and killing. During war time internment should be expected by military forces as it is part of most successful military doctrine that has survived the test of time.

Domestic law enforcement, never should have the right to use internment. Although the laws regarding the protection of this right by the Constitution are in great debate in the present time, citizens of a country do not subject themselves to the police and courts systems. In a balanced society the government agencies should fear the people. Internment is only necessary after reasonable suspicion of a crime has been committed and all domestic rights have been protected and emphasized in the legal proceedings.

Deportation

Unlike internment, domestic law enforcement agencies are more likely to use deportation as an extraordinary measure than the military forces. Since military's can only occupy land and not govern nations, deportation is not a practical strategic tool for the military. Since deportation is removing an unwanted alien from a specific country or jurisdiction, military units can practice this measure, but in most cases this action is reserved for domestic law enforcement units.

In the United States of America, immigration and the threat of deportation are a very important aspect of the government's focus. There are many federal agencies that deal with the subject of deportation such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Immigration, Border Patrol, FBI as well as many local and state governments contributing to the problem. According to the DHS, "Deportation is ordered by an immigration judge without any punishment being imposed or contemplated. Prior to April 1997 deportation and exclusion were separate removal procedures. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 consolidated these procedures. After April 1, 1997, aliens in and admitted to the United States may be subject to removal based on deportability. Now called Removal, this function is managed by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement."

Deportation is an extreme measure that should only be taken when the circumstances are very dire. The threat of those amongst us and the influences that foreign interests may play here in the United States is a danger, and deportation of these individuals should be done with prudence and cautious reason.

Restriction on Movement

The ability to move freely as one sees fit has been etched as a human right in many nation's constitutions and charters to exist. Many believe that humans should be able to travel to wherever they please if they do not intend to infringe on anyone else's human rights. It is unfortunate that his human right must be suspended in some extreme circumstances. Since extreme circumstances call for extreme measures, both law enforcement agencies and military units subscribe to this tactic when it is called for.

Internationally speaking, the American ally Israel, in protecting their Jewish, racially-based nation, contends to restrict the movement of the Palestinian people on their homeland. Many throughout the world see this as both horrible yet necessary. Although this conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians is spiritual and religious, some levels of common decency and understanding of the rules of combat should be recognized and obeyed.

According to a Occupied Palestine (2011) there are many restrictions characteristic of such restriction of movement. The author wrote "A fresh report by the UN Organization for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian territories said that the Israeli occupation authorities set up 522 obstacles (roadblocks, checkpoints, etc.) across the West Bank, marking a four percent increase since a similar report made June 2010. Palestinians holding West Bank IDs continued to require special entry permits to access East Jerusalem. Those who obtained an entry permit, were limited to using four of the 16 checkpoints along the Barrier. Overcrowding, along with the multiple layers of checks and security procedures at these checkpoints have made entry into East Jerusalem a long and difficult experience. Restricted access to East Jerusalem has had a particularly negative impact on patients and medical staff trying to reach the six specialized Palestinian hospitals located in the city, as well as on Muslims and Christians wishing to access Jerusalem's holy sites."

In America, such animalistic conduct would not be supported by any of the citizens of this nation that are reflected in Israel. America's roots are steeped in the blood of freedom loving revolutionaries who expressed the freedom to move and operate as essential as air and water. Today's law enforcement agencies are becoming more restrictive in determining where people are allowed to move on public space. As public space becomes more and more corporately controlled, people will have less ability to maneuver freely and without cost. This corporatized world that we live in is purely consensual and victimless in nature. Only when military and law enforcement leadership overstep their boundaries and apply unfounded coercion against their people to restrict their movement does a problem appear to have any significance or resonance.

Interrogation During Operations

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