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September 11 Victims, Random Events, and the Ethics of Compensation
- Lascher, Edward L., Powers, Michael R.
- TheAmerican behavioral scientist 2004 v.48 no.3 pp. 281-294
- ethics, issues and policy, Oklahoma
- The authors focus on a relatively unexplored aspect of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks—the extent to which it was ethically appropriate to compensate victims of that tragedy, especially in comparison to victims of other unfortunate events. After providing back-ground on federal disaster and victim compensation policies, the authors offer a set of principles for determining when the government should provide direct reimbursement to victims for losses incurred, drawing on both deontological and utilitarian reasoning. The authors then apply these standards to the September 11 attacks and other unfortunate events such as the Oklahoma City bombing.