Should terrorists be tortured for acquiring information?
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"The Bush administration based a crucial pre-war assertion about ties between Iraq and Al-Qaeda on the detailed statements made by a prisoner while in Egyptian custody who later said he fabricated them to escape harsh treatment...after he was secretly handed over to Egypt by the United States in January 2002, in a process known as rendition" (2)
I will quote from the CIA's 1963 "Torture manual in its entirety, Part IV"
"Intense pain is quite likely to produce false confessions, concocted as a means of escaping from distress. A time-consuming delay results, while investigation is conducted and the admissions are proven untrue. During this respite the interrogatee can pull himself together. He may even use the time to think up new, more complex "admissions" that take still longer to disprove. KUBARK is especially vulnerable to such tactics because the interrogation is conducted for the sake of information and not for police purposes." (3)
According to a news report, torture DID NOT lead the U.S to find Osama (4). Another one also shows how torture was used and does not work to get intel (5).
There is strong evidence to show that torture does not produce results. In conclusion, terrorists should not be tortured for getting information.
1. See generally Rejali, Darius, 5 myths about torture, Washington Post, December 16 2007 available at http://www.washingtonpost.com...
2. Jehl, Douglas, Qaeda-Iraq link US Cited Is Tied to Coercion Claim, N.Y.Times, Dec 9, 2005
I would like to leave any judgement to the voters and I would like to close the debate with this point.
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Vote Placed by FuzzyCatPotato 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Con proved torture often causes false testimony.
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