Noble cause exception and the war on terrorism
Noble cause exception is also known as the noble cause corruption is a controversial constitutional rule applied in the courts of law of the U.S stating that it is acceptable and ethical to commit crimes in the name of religion or to further one’s political agenda. However, conflict of interests is common in such cases due to the differences in beliefs and culture. The case of Eric Robert Rudolph, a terrorist that bombed the Centennial Park in Atlanta, several abortion clinics across Georgia and Atlanta and, a nightclub perceived to have lesbians. The bombing spree caused three deaths and several injuries among the targeted group. The terrorists pursued the attacks as they were against his religious beliefs. The debate on the noble cause exception and its effects on the counter-terrorists measures. The proposal on the allowance of some terrorists’ activities is considered in this case for the greater good of the society (Fiala, 2006).
Ethics and terrorism acceptance
Conviction of terrorists goes through the process of analyzing the ethical dilemmas caused by the offenders and their relation to the victims. If the terrorist attack was a mitigation of a near future risk, the noble cause exception is applicable. The contemporary theories of ethics back up the noble cause exception, and it is the reason some terrorist actions may be tolerated in the society (Imbeault, 2008). The virtue of ethics, for instance, stands on the grounds of development of a virtuous character thus justifies on whether an action is right or wrong. Kantian ethics, on the contrary, focuses on the development of goodwill. Deontology is yet another aspect evaluated in the terrorism trials. The phenomenon is applied in normative ethics to emphasize on the duties and rules of the parties involved, in this case, the terrorist and authority (Fiala, 2006).
The justice system, despite formulating techniques to mitigate terrorism, some of the terrorists’ situations involve evaluation of the moral ethics. The connection between circumstances through which restoration of morality in the society through some limited use of violence is applicable under the noble cause exception. Political influences and socio-cultural beliefs are regimes controlling the society in most cases. The imbalance and tension caused by terrorists are unjustifiable in a society with mixed religious and political groups. Goodwill intended under the Kantianism ethics, and the virtue of ethics opposes the outcomes of terrorist actions. The use of violence cost innocent lives thus the noble cause exception must be well evaluated in the justice system whenever the need arises.
It is clear that misinterpretation of the noble cause exception can lead to further damage in the society. Anti-terrorism measures must be independent of the noble cause exception due to the emergence of various religions and political interests. Protection of human rights should be prioritized in any law implemented thus the noble cause do not justify application of counter-terrorism measures. Intelligence by the military, the government and other intelligence agencies should not make terrorism easier and acceptable in the society. Only in situations where the rate of immorality is uncontrollable by the agencies, which is seldom in the modern community set up. Specific cases must be outlined on when to allow certain crimes as a way to cleanse the society (Imbeault, 2008).