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Torture

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Started: 11/27/2012 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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chickennuggets11

Pro

If torture can save innocent lives...why not?
frozen_eclipse

Con

Torturing a suspect should not be legal, because it is immoral and ineffective.

Any form of torture or cruel and unusual punishment should never be legal, in any situation. For one, a suspect is just that: a suspect. A suspect is a person thought to be guilty of a crime or offense, but without certain proof. For all the authorities know, the person being subjected to torture and abuse could very well be innocent. Humans are not infallible and, somewhere down the line, innocent people will be physically and mentally abused, and possibly permanently injured or killed. Even people who have been proven to be guilty of a crime should not be tortured, as it goes against all morals and human rights. When an abuser tortures someone, the abuser becomes a criminal themselves. Even when people call it "enhanced interrogation", this is just the politically correct term for torture. Even if torture was legal, it has been proven that torture is very ineffective in producing information, and often results in suspects making false statements in order to stop their torture.



Torture impairs memory and can create false memories.


Lets, approach this scientifically and psychologically. To remember information stored in the brain the person must activate the prefrontal cortex ( controls intention), and the hippocampus( long-term memory). When victims are tortured cortisol is released witch impairs the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus.


According to one article there is a more effective method to retrieve information, "Studies in which soldiers were subjected to stress in the form of food and sleep deprivation have found that it impaired their ability to recall personal memories and information, as this 2006 study reported. "Studies of extreme stress with Special Forces Soldiers have found that recall of previously-learned information was impaired after stress occurred," notes O' Mara. "Water-boarding in particular is an extreme stressor and has the potential to elicit widespread stress-induced changes in the brain."


http://www.thedailybeast.com...


The article goes on further to explain hat stress from torture releases catecholamines such as noradrenaline, witch will enlarge the amygdale impairing memory and the ability to realise if a memory is real or a false memory caused by the torture.



As we can clearly see torture is not the best way to get hidden information from a suspect. We torture people for many various reasons. I have provide two. These two alone should be reason enough to reject this resolution.



Debate Round No. 1
chickennuggets11

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frozen_eclipse

Con

Since my opponent has forfeited last round it seems my contentions stand firmly.
Debate Round No. 2
chickennuggets11

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by thisisbob 3 years ago
thisisbob
Con won, sucks that too late I saw this.
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