A Legal and Moral Review of the Central Intelligence Agency Operatives in the War on Terrorism

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Publication Student thesis
Title A Legal and Moral Review of the Central Intelligence Agency Operatives in the War on Terrorism
Author(s) Stjärneblad, Sebastian
Date 2013
English abstract
In this essay I examine whether the CIA operatives can be considered as legitimate practitioners of violence in a conflict situation, thus looking through a lens where terrorism is treated as an act of war. This paper does not purport to evaluate and review the legality of targeted killing as a mean of warfare or a tool for criminal enforcement but rather the CIA agent’s status from an international law perspective, specifically humanitarian law. I further examine the role of CIA operatives from a moral perspective. Using the framework set up by Just War Theory I examine whether a CIA operative is regarded as a combatant or a civilian from a moral standpoint.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 23
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) CIA, Targeted Killing, Terrorism, Humanitarian Law, Just War Theory
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/17070 (link to this page)

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