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Is the use of torture against terrorist suspects ever justified?

  • Moral Civilization Is Not A Suicide Pact

    It is an ugly world and if a serious threat is imminent and torture is the only way to stop evil men then so be it. I won't let one man's moral high horse doom millions to death. For the self-righteous, uber-idealist types watch Star Trek DS9 episode In the Pale Moonlight and see it laid out perfectly.

  • If necessary to save innocents, YES

    The main argument against torture is that it is mitigates a suspected terrorist's rights as a human being. My argument for torture is that they are willing do the same (taking away the right to life) for many many innocent people. If ignoring the human rights of a single EVIL person will keep intact the right to life for many innocents, I wholly believe that it is justified. Torture must however remain off books and taboo to prevent it becoming acceptable.

  • Terrorists would have no qualms about torturing

    As the terrorist cells we are opposing often have extreme ideological roots, it is fair to assume that the members of such organisations have been indoctrinated to a large degree to not surrender easily, or betray their side by giving away information. Torture would be effective in breaking down these individuals so that the only option they have is to yield the necessary information, whereas with normal interrogation techniques they would have succeeded in not giving anything anyway.

  • It is always justified for a terrorist

    As cruel and inhumane as it sounds, many people fail to notice that torture is reserved for certain cases, such as terrorism. We must do whatever it takes to get a terrorist to talk, whether it succeeds or fails, whether its humane or inhumane. Remember, these are the people that are trying to destroy America and have every intention of causing harm or death to Americans.

  • Yes it is. The use of torture against terrorist suspects is ever justified?

    If a alcida terrorist is not compliing then what do, do we simple sit down and say '' oh please will you tell us where and who your bomb maker is'' if they are killing hundreds of marine soilders and they arent telling us infomatin about their ''comerads'' so if they dont talk they get whats coming to them.

  • Torture can be justified

    I think that torture against terrorist suspects can be justified. I think that our military should use whatever means necessary in order to keep our country and our citizens safe. I would also posit that when torture is used it should be after all other means have been exhausted. There are many other countries that use torture and our use of it would level the playing field.

  • Sometimes it is the only option.

    This is a tough question, but yes, I think that use of torture against terrorist suspects can be justified under certain circumstances. If the terrorist suspect is really just not cooperating and every other means of gathering information from them has been used, then I think that torture is the only option and it is justified.

  • Torture is inhumane. But the death of several Americans is VERY inhumane.

    Terrorists are constantly finding ways to kill Americans. In the end the question is not if we should uphold morals or not, because the only moral choice and the right one is to save more lives. Would you forsake saving countless lives just because you can't do something "inhumane"? After all, terrorists are ready and willing to kill many, so is torture not justified with their actions?

  • It is ok to torture.

    If the military are going to get info from torture then it is ok to do it. If it is crucial information then it is certainly ok to get info like Osaka bin Latin and were he is. Even if it kills them it is good and it will send a message to other terrorists all across the world

  • Yes, torture against terrorists is always justified.

    Once you commit a crime of terror against our country you should be tortured. It should be irrelevant if you have any additional information to provide or not. You should be tortured until you die. This should be done on national television to warn the other terrorists of what will happen.

  • No, because they may obtain false information.

    Torture might end with information that is vital to a mission, but happens only a fraction of the time. Most of the time, a terrorist would either lie or rather die than get information. The use of torture just makes our country look bad and gives the impression that we are heartless.

  • The use of torture is not justified.

    As a person whom lost someone in the terrorists acts on 9/11, I feel torture is justified. However, in all reality, torture of a human being, no matter how low they may be, is not cool. Nobody deserves to be tortured. As strong willed as they are, torture would not work anyway.

  • Torture is Never Justified.

    If you are a terrorist then you are hurting people to get them to speak and to comply with your wishes. If you are torturing someone, your goal is to inspire fear in that person so that you can get information from them and get them to react to it in a manner that gives you what you want those are basically the same thing. Is a chance of getting possibly unneeded knowledge worth it to stoop to their level? We are killing and maiming people both physically and mentally. The effect this has on your psyche is not worth the possible information that they may or may not have. The lasting effects on your mental health can lead to serious problems and a mentality of using people as a means to an end. People can lie, in fact the human brain is conditioned to lie. The people who you are torturing will want to lie to you about what information they do or do not have, they don't want you finding out what's going on and you can end up not getting information from those that you have captured and tortured needlessly. Even if they do have information what is they're innocent and simply want to protect a family member. You can torture them for the information but will the blood of an innocent person on your hands be worth the possibly insignificant knowledge you gain. The proposition may say that if you could torture one person from the 9/11 attack to get information you could prevent it. Just remember these people died for their attack, they committed suicide, what you do will not affect them they were fully prepared to die. Also they actually did torture one of the terrorists. According to a "Senate report, accused 9/11 attacks facilitator Ramzi bin al-Shibh was repeatedly shackled nude, kept in stress positions, physically abused and “kept in total darkness to heighten his sense of fear” for weeks at a time. In 2005, a CIA psychologist wrote that al-Shibh had “remained in social isolation” for 2½ years and was having “alarming” psychological deterioration, including visions, paranoia, insomnia and attempts at self-harm. He was transferred to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and placed on anti-psychotic medications" His torture did not work, nor help with preventing the attacks. Your argument has a logical fallacy and is therefore invalid.

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  • It's not fair, nor is it humane

    Americans always think that the key to success is killing or torturing. It is not fair. All people should be treated the same. After Americas big racism issue a while ago, now all things we do as Americans aginst another race is considered "racist". Being called a racist is not a good thing, all people are made equally no matter what race, size, shape, sex, ect. We all have the right to live and as Americans we have to do what is right. If a young Middle Eastern girl wasn't anti-american when she was younger. She may be one later on because of acts like killing her family members. She may be anti-American when she gets older as she realizes how unfair and racist America is or even she will be afraid that she will be tortured just because she is a different race even if she is completely innocent.

  • It's not fair, nor is it humane

    Americans always think that the key to success is killing or torturing. It is not fair. All people should be treated the same. After Americas big racism issue a while ago, now all things we do as Americans aginst another race is considered "racist". Being called a racist is not a good thing, all people are made equally no matter what race, size, shape, sex, ect. We all have the right to live and as Americans we have to do what is right. If a young Middle Eastern girl wasn't anti-american when she was younger. She may be one later on because of acts like killing her family members. She may be anti-American when she gets older as she realizes how unfair and racist America is or even she will be afraid that she will be tortured just because she is a different race even if she is completely innocent.

  • It's not fair, nor is it humane

    Americans always think that the key to success is killing or torturing. It is not fair. All people should be treated the same. After Americas big racism issue a while ago, now all things we do as Americans aginst another race is considered "racist". Being called a racist is not a good thing, all people are made equally no matter what race, size, shape, sex, ect. We all have the right to live and as Americans we have to do what is right. If a young Middle Eastern girl wasn't anti-american when she was younger. She may be one later on because of acts like killing her family members. She may be anti-American when she gets older as she realizes how unfair and racist America is or even she will be afraid that she will be tortured just because she is a different race even if she is completely innocent.

  • It is a Good way to Receive False Information

    Torture is honestly the best way to get someone to admit to something they haven't even done, just to get the pain to stop. People will say anything they can think of to get it to stop. This isn't just an issue of morality (which also plays a role in my opinion of the case) but it has been proven time and time again that under the influence of extreme pain, people will admit to whatever their investigator wants them to say. Although sometimes it might be true and valuable many other times the investigator's bias of what they think the person should be admitting to, is wrong. Other forms of torture in police investigations have caused people to admit to crimes they didn't even do, and then the wrong person is captured or in this case, the torturing was done for nothing. The people who are saying it is necessary most likely just want to cause suspected terrorists pain, and don't really care about whatever information it is that needs to be garnered. "Get a punching bag to let out your frustration".

  • It's been proven time and time again not to work.

    In the Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency's Detention and Interrogation Program done by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, they found that the "enhanced interrogation techniques", aka torture, used by the CIA was proven not to be effective. It has yielded no results and no intelligence gathered ever has been shown to be a result of torture. So, it's not that I want to pamper terrorists, but there is no need for the United States to break international law and defy the Constitution to perform acts that have been proven to be of no benefit and actually have the effect of provoking terrorist organizations even more. If you just really need to get rid of all that pent-up anger caused by watching all the terrorist attacks on TV, go buy a punching bag.

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