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Hard_Muscle_Guy_30
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Blackhawk42
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Should the US army teach it's soldiers how to torture prisoners?

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Blackhawk42
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 12/29/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Hard_Muscle_Guy_30

Con

See this baton: it is useful both for beating and raping prisoners..

Should soldiers be taught these immoral and disgusting methods?
Blackhawk42

Pro

Take this from a consequentialist view, which essentially is "ends justify the means." If extracting information from some prisoner leads to the location of a terrorist group leader, where the leader's capture would save hundreds or even thousands of lives by preventing a terrorist attack, go ahead and get the information using any means necessary. The benefits in lives saved will outweigh the costs of such an act. In this case, torture is justifiable, and it should be taught to soldiers.

However, while I do believe there should be some limits to these methods. Not every soldier in the army should be trusted with the ability to torture someone; you never know how they might use that skill in ways that they should not be used. The most trusted army soldiers, the special ops teams, the soldiers that the government knows they can trust should acquire this skill. Some forms of torture in themselves should not be taught. Physical mutilation, like cutting off fingers or toes, should not be used. Psychological torture is less harmful to someone, so that should be the way to go.
Debate Round No. 1
Hard_Muscle_Guy_30

Con

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Blackhawk42

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Debate Round No. 2
Hard_Muscle_Guy_30

Con

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Blackhawk42

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by The_Serb 3 years ago
The_Serb
Blackhawk42 PRO wrote:
"However, while I do believe there should be some limits to these methods. Not every soldier in the army should be trusted with the ability to torture someone; you never know how they might use that skill in ways that they should not be used. The most trusted army soldiers, the special ops teams, the soldiers that the government knows they can trust should acquire this skill. Some forms of torture in themselves should not be taught. Physical mutilation, like cutting off fingers or toes, should not be used. Psychological torture is less harmful to someone, so that should be the way to go."

Does that, in your opinion include the use of sexual torture?
Posted by Hard_Muscle_Guy_30 3 years ago
Hard_Muscle_Guy_30
Any abuse that are done by one or more men against a prisoner

that causes pain
or
humiliates him sexually
Posted by Tim-J 3 years ago
Tim-J
What is your definition of torture? What are the means and what is the objective?
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