Accession Number : ADA589820


Title :   To Take Care of Them: An Ethical Case Study of the Canal Incident


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Furner, II, Emmitt M


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589820.pdf


Report Date : 14 Jun 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 132


Abstract : This thesis examines the moral permissibility of First Sergeant John Hatley's decision to kill, and influence others to kill, four unarmed detainees near Baghdad in the spring of 2007. Ethics is an important topic for all members of the profession of arms. With the seemingly constant news reports of ethical indiscretions by U.S. Army Soldiers, many of them by senior U.S. Army leaders, the need for continued Professional Military Ethics (PME) dialogue within the ranks has become exceedingly clear. This thesis will strive to do more than simply understand what took place next to that Baghdad canal; it will evaluate and analyze the killings. The thesis attempts to answer the following questions: Did First Sergeant Hatley possess an inherent right to defend himself against threats of deadly force?, Was taking care of the detainees his only option for survival?, Could the detainees have been considered imminent threats?, and Was he morally justified in acting preemptively?


Descriptors :   *ARMY PERSONNEL , *ETHICS , *IRAQI WAR , *KILLING , *PRISONERS OF WAR , CASE STUDIES , CRIMES , CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS , DECISION MAKING , PUNISHMENT , RULES OF ENGAGEMENT , THESES


Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Humanities and History
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE